GM Passes Ford in Q1 EV Sales, Still Trails Tesla

GM Passes Ford in Q1 EV Gross sales, Nonetheless Trails Tesla


GM delivered 19,700 of its top-selling EV, the Chevrolet Bolt hatchback and utility automobile, in Q1. (Paul Sancya/Related Press)

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DETROIT — Common Motors rode sturdy first-quarter gross sales of the Chevrolet Bolt to bump crosstown rival Ford out of second place within the U.S. electrical automobile gross sales race.

However GM’s EV gross sales of 20,670 had been nonetheless far beneath these of business chief Tesla, which delivered greater than 161,000 autos within the U.S. from January to March, in response to estimates from Motorintelligence.com.

Ford bought solely 10,866 EVs in the course of the quarter, however the firm stated that’s largely as a result of it needed to cease making the top-selling Mustang Mach-E electrical SUV whereas it retooled a manufacturing unit in Mexico to extend manufacturing. Spokesman Stated Deep stated the corporate didn’t construct Mach-Es for seven weeks in the course of the quarter, reducing into gross sales.

Additionally, Ford was pressured to cease making the F-150 Lightning electrical pickup in February after a battery caught hearth throughout a pre-delivery high quality test. The issue was fastened and manufacturing resumed March 13.

 

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Nonetheless, Ford’s EV gross sales rose 41% above final 12 months’s first quarter, the corporate stated April 4.

Throughout the first quarter, GM delivered 19,700 of its top-selling EV, the Chevrolet Bolt hatchback and utility automobile. Final 12 months the corporate bought solely 358 Bolts as a result of out there batteries needed to be diverted to a recall of 142,000 older Bolts because of battery fires.

GM additionally bought 968 Cadillac Lyriq electrical SUVs and two GMC Hummer EV pickups in the course of the first quarter. Its EV gross sales had been 44 occasions bigger than the identical quarter a 12 months in the past.

Volkswagen, which is in fourth place in U.S. EV gross sales with 9,758 deliveries of the ID.4 hatchback, got here near knocking Ford down two notches.

U.S. electrical automobile gross sales rose 48% from January via March to simply over 258,000, accounting for 7.2% of recent automobile gross sales. Final 12 months the EV share of the market was 5.8%, in response to information gathered by Motorintelligence.

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