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Sales of new light-duty plug-in electric vehicles, including all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), nearly doubled from 308,000 in 2020 to 608,000 in 2021. EV sales accounted for 73% of all plug-in electric vehicle sales in 2021. EV sales grew by 85% from 2020 to 2021, while sales of PHEVs more than doubled, with an increase of 138% over the previous year. The rapid growth in plug-in electric vehicle sales from 2020 to 2021 is remarkable in the context of overall light-duty vehicle sales, which increased by only 3% during the same period.

U.S. Light-Duty Plug-in Vehicle Sales by Type, 2011-2021

Sources: Argonne National Laboratory, Light Duty Electric Drive Vehicles Monthly Sales Updates, January 2022.

U.S. Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office, Transportation Fact of the Week #1222, January 31, 2022.