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The Top-Ten-Selling Electric Cars
Tesla dominated the US electric car market in 2018, accounting for 74% of the sales.
March 4, 2019
When it comes to electric cars, there’s a disconnect. In polls, Americans have repeatedly said they see EVs as the future. But with their wallets, they’re saying something else.A recent poll by Harris Insight & Analytics and Volvo Group, for example, revealed that 74% of Americans see electric vehicles as the future of driving. Last year, however, US sales of battery-electric vehicles reached just 258,000 units – about 1.5% of the national total. The sales numbers highlighted a woeful disparity between what Americans say in polls, and what they will actually buy.To be sure, the EV sales numbers are rising. And this year, a contingent of electric crossovers from Hyundai, Kia, and Jaguar will hit the streets, with Ford not far behind. So there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Here, we’ve collected photos of the top-ten-selling electric vehicles in the US. The numbers and photos tell a story about the hard realities of the automotive market. They show that the best of those EVs – all from Tesla – are making in-roads. But beyond the market’s hearty support for Tesla, EV sales figures are still lackluster.We invite you to click through the following slides and tell us what you think. Are you ready to make your next vehicle purchase an EV?(Image source: General Motors)
Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 35 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and auto.
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About the Author(s)
Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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