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Tesla dominates EV, luxury segments; Ford, Kia, Hyundai top mainstream EV registrations

Tesla dominates EV, luxury segments;  Ford, Kia, Hyundai top mainstream EV registrations

Ford topped new vehicle registrations for electric vehicles with mainstream brands in the first four months of the year, closely followed by Kia and Hyundai.

But Tesla dominated EV registration cards overall in the US and remained the top luxury car maker regardless of fuel type, according to new figures from Experian.

California-based EV startups Rivian Automotive and Lucid Group continued to struggle with their production increases, according to registration data, with just over 1,700 combined through April.

Ford’s 11,751 EV registrations came mainly from the 10,740 Mustang Mach-E crossover, along with 908 E-Transit vans and 103 from the new F-150 Lightning pickup, the four-month data showed. . Ford EV registrations doubled from the same period last year.

New EV registrations for Kia came in at 11,483 in the January-April period, compared to just 1,549 in the year-ago period. Kia’s EV6 compact crossover made up 7,033 of the total, while its sub-compact Niro EV came in 4180, according to data from Experian.

The Hyundai brand, which is part of the Hyundai Motor Group together with Kia, had 9,675 new registrations: 8,597 of the new Ioniq 5 compact crossover and the rest of the sub-compact Kona electric crossover and the now-discontinued Ioniq electric hatchback.

Nissan had 5,980 new EV registrations up to April, all of its Leaf compact hatchback. Volkswagen had 3,527 registrations, all of its ID4 compact crossover.

Chevrolet had 1,648 new registrations of its Bolt subcompact, according to Experian numbers, down 88 percent from the same period last year. The automaker stopped producing Bolt last year and this year due to battery problems, but resumed in April. Last week, Chevrolet announced price cuts for Bolt models.