12 Bestselling Electrical Autos of 2021

After nearly a decade of hype, there are some indicators that the electric-vehicle revolution is lastly coming to go. There have been over 20 EVs on the market in america in 2021, plus many extra hybrids and plug-in hybrids. Virtually each idea that graces a showroom flooring (or, these days, an overproduced livestream) has an electrical angle. Automakers are promising to launch dozens of EVs over the subsequent decade. Governors are promising to ban the sale of gas-powered automobiles. And enhancements in charging infrastructure and battery know-how imply that the imaginative and prescient of an electrified future is clearer than ever.

However there’s nonetheless one drawback: To ensure that EVs to vary the world, individuals are going to have to start out driving them. To trace the progress on that rating, we created this record of the 12 bestselling EVs from the previous yr. Not all carmakers present gross sales knowledge for his or her EVs, particularly in circumstances the place the electrical fashions share a nameplate with a fuel or hybrid mannequin. It is potential that a number of of the automobiles in that class (which incorporates the BMW i3, the Kia Soul Electrical, and the Polestar 2) would seem on this record if we knew the numbers, however our guess is that if the numbers have been massive we’d hear about them.

*Gross sales determine primarily based on Automotive Information estimates and may differ primarily based on automobiles’ registration knowledge.


12. Hyundai Ioniq Electrical (1766 models bought)

Hyundai’s Ioniq lineup features a hybrid and plug-in hybrid, along with the EV fêted right here. The Ioniq Electrical improved gross sales from 2020 by 15 %. The Ioniq EV has a comparatively small 38.3-kWh battery pack, and its estimated vary of 170 miles is on the small aspect too. Consumers who just like the Ioniq’s seems to be however want extra vary are in luck: The plug-in hybrid has 29 miles of EV vary and earns 52 mpg even after its battery pack has been depleted.

  • Base value: $34,250
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 133/145/121 MPGe
  • EPA Vary: 170 miles


11. Tesla Mannequin X (3000 models bought)*

Gross sales of the Mannequin X, like these of its platform-mate, the Mannequin S, have slowed considerably within the lead-up to the discharge of a redesigned model of the automotive. The X will get the identical inside remedy because the S, which features a yoked steering wheel and doesn’t embody a conventional gear shift (Tesla’s Elon Musk says the X and S will “guess” at drive course primarily based on enter from the outward-facing cameras and the navigation system).

  • Base value: $91,190
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 105/109/101 MPGe (Lengthy Vary Plus)
  • EPA Vary: 371 miles (Lengthy Vary Plus)


10. Hyundai Kona Electrical (8936 models bought)

The Kona Electrical had greater than 5 instances as many shoppers in 2021 than its stablemate, the Ioniq. The Kona has a bigger battery pack than the Ioniq, offering an estimated 258 miles of vary in comparison with the Ioniq’s 170 miles. And it is primarily based on the favored Kona crossover, making it extra enticing to the rising portion of the shopping for public that is hungry for utility automobiles. Phrase to the clever: The driving force could sit larger within the Kona than the Ioniq, however the hatchback has extra cargo area than the crossover, with 23 cubic toes of area within the again in comparison with the Kona’s 19 cubic toes.

  • Base value: $38,575
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 120/132/108 MPGe
  • EPA Vary: 258 miles


9. Tesla Mannequin S (9100 models bought)*

The Mannequin S was the primary mainstream ambassador for Tesla’s groundbreaking electrical automobile and automatic driving applied sciences, however curiosity within the Mannequin S cooled as patrons awaited the S’s first main redesign and will have waned even additional when CEO Elon Musk introduced that the longest-range Mannequin S would have 412 miles of vary per cost in comparison with a beforehand promised 520 miles. Blended-to-poor opinions of the S’s yoke (not a spherical) steering wheel may additionally be taking part in a task within the automotive’s lackluster gross sales.

  • Base value: $81,190
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 117/121/112 MPGe (Lengthy Vary Plus)
  • EPA Vary: 402 miles (Lengthy Vary Plus)


8. Porsche Taycan (9419 models bought)

Porsche builds a few of our very favourite vehicles, so we weren’t shocked it constructed an distinctive EV. However we have been happy. And we’re additionally happy that different folks appear to be enthusiastic about Porsche’s first electrical providing too. The Taycan Turbo S can get to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, and all Taycans have 800-volt charging infrastructure that ought to permit them to suck in electrons sooner than some other EV on the highway (although charging speeds will rely on the provision of charging stations with structure as hefty because the Taycan’s). Earlier than you begin window-shopping a Taycan, be ready: The higher trim ranges method $200,000. In 2021, Porsche bought 9419 Taycans; that is solely 623 vehicles wanting the 911 for the yr.

  • Base value: $81,250
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 79/76/84 MPGe (RWD)
  • EPA Vary: 200 miles (RWD); 227 miles (4S Perf Battery Plus)


7. Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback (10,921 models bought)

Audi’s e-tron electrical crossover and its flashy-looking twin, the e-tron Sportback, discovered 10,921 properties in 2021. The e-tron channels Audi luxurious into an electrical package deal with a two-motor all-wheel-drive system with 355 horsepower (and, in brief bursts, as much as 402 horsepower). The e-tron can journey an estimated 222 miles on a full cost; the e-tron Sportback can go 218 miles. The value is excessive, however whereas many EV interiors are swathed in low-cost plastic, the e-tron’s inside can characteristic leather-based and actual wooden.

  • Base value: $66,995
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 78/78/77 MPGe
  • EPA Vary: 222 miles; 218 miles (Sportback)


6. Nissan Leaf (14,239 models bought)

On paper, the Nissan Leaf just isn’t probably the most fascinating EVs in the marketplace. It is priced in the identical ballpark as a Chevrolet Bolt however provides solely an estimated 149 miles of driving vary with the usual battery pack—the Bolt has 259 miles of estimated vary as customary. The Leaf is not as enticing as lots of the different EVs on this record and suffers from a purposefully bizarre inside format. However the Leaf can also be one thing of an establishment within the EV world. When it first entered the U.S. market as a 2011 mannequin, it was considered one of only some EVs in the marketplace. It has improved since then, however its opponents have improved sooner. In 2021, Nissan bought 4674 extra of its Leaf than in 2020.

  • Base value: $32,620
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 111/123/99 MPGe (40 kWh)
  • EPA Vary: 149 miles (40 kWh); 226 miles (62-kWh S)


5. Volkswagen ID.4 (16,742 models bought)

The ID.4 is not technically Volkswagen’s first U.S.-market EV (keep in mind the e-Golf?), but it surely appears poised to make an even bigger affect than its forerunners. The ID.4 had solely been on sale within the U.S. for a number of days when first-quarter gross sales have been tallied and it eked onto our bestsellers record in eleventh place. With a number of extra months below its belt, VW’s electrical crossover leapfrogged a number of extra established entrants on this record, promoting greater than 6000 in Q3 final yr alone. Volkswagen says house owners can count on as much as 260 miles of vary from the ID.4, which has rear-wheel drive and 201 horsepower in its launch version. The crossover will finally be out there with all-wheel drive and 302 horsepower.

  • Base value: $41,190
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 91/104/89 MPGe
  • EPA Vary: 260 miles


4. Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV (24,803 models bought)

The Chevrolet Bolt is newly redesigned and has simply welcomed a brand new member to its household within the type of the Bolt EUV, a crossover. The Bolt has 200 horsepower and an estimated 259 miles of vary. DC fast-charging functionality, which permits the Bolt to achieve 100 miles of vary each half-hour at Stage 3 charging stations, is elective.

  • Base value: $37,495
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 118/127/108 MPGe
  • EPA Vary: 259 miles


3. Ford Mustang Mach-E (27,140 models bought)

The Mach-E is not Ford’s first EV, however it’s the first Ford EV to encourage an excited following or to characteristic on any record of bestsellers. The Mach-E is out there in a handful of configurations, together with with rear- or all-wheel drive and with as much as an estimated 305 miles of driving vary. The Mach-E is designed within the type of the Mustang and drives prefer it was engineered by individuals who care. An additional-sporty model, the Mach-E GT, is on its approach. The GT can have 480 horsepower, and Ford says it is going to hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. We named the Mach-E as our EV of the Yr in 2021.

  • Base value: $43,995
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 100/105/93 MPGe (RWD)
  • EPA Vary: 230 miles (RWD); 305 miles (California Route 1 RWD)


2. Tesla Mannequin 3 (128,600 models bought)*

It has been nearly 4 years for the reason that Mannequin 3 first hit the highway, but it surely’s nonetheless outstanding for its mixture of class-leading vary and a comparatively low value. The Mannequin 3’s minimalist design and big touchscreen management heart set tendencies for the remainder of the EV market, and clients have flocked to the automotive. However the Mannequin 3’s huge recognition has taken successful within the final yr. The Mannequin 3 outsold itself from 2020 by over 14,000 models in 2021. A great exhibiting, however in right now’s market, there’s all the time one thing larger that sells higher.

  • Base value: $38,690
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 142/150/133 MPGe (Commonplace Vary Plus RWD)
  • EPA Vary: 263 miles (Commonplace Vary Plus RWD); 353 miles (Lengthy Vary AWD)


1. Tesla Mannequin Y (172,700 models bought)*

The Tesla Mannequin Y went on sale in the summertime of 2020 and shortly eclipsed demand for all of Tesla’s different choices. The truth is, extra folks purchased Mannequin Ys in 2021 than they purchased all different non-Tesla EVs mixed (that does not embody the EVs bought by corporations that don’t present public gross sales knowledge on their EVs, equivalent to Kia and Polestar). And the Y beat the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-5, and Chevrolet Equinox because the Seventeenth-bestselling automobile within the U.S. in 2021. The Mannequin Y drives and appears like a bloated Mannequin 3. It might include a two-seat third row, however beware that the seats are cramped and that you will sacrifice cargo area. The excellent news: The Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary has an estimated 326 miles of vary, and even the entry-level mannequin can go an estimated 244 miles between costs.

  • Base value: $41,190
  • EPA Gasoline Economic system mixed/metropolis/freeway: 129/140/119 MPGe (Commonplace Vary RWD)
  • EPA Vary: 244 miles (Commonplace Vary Plus RWD); 326 miles (Lengthy Vary AWD)


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Patrick Moore

Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for Vehiclenews.net, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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