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June 8, 2020
U.S. EV Sales Flat Through First Quarter
Source: EV Hub
The U.S. EV market held steady through the first quarter despite plummeting gas prices and passenger vehicle demand as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. The U.S. EV sector saw a total sales decline of 0.8 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019 with almost 75,000 vehicles sold. February brought a 24 percent increase while sales were down five percent in January and 14 percent in March.

Automakers stopped reporting U.S. EV sales data earlier this year and as of January 2020, InsideEVs (our previous source for the National EV Sales Dashboard) was no longer able to update EV sales figures by make and model. We have gained new access to data from IHS Markit courtesy of the Energy Foundation, and the data shows that that EVs fared better than gas vehicles in the first quarter. While EV sales remained almost flat, the U.S. auto industry overall experienced a 12 percent decline in the first quarter.

Tesla is to thank for 65 percent of the total quarterly U.S. EV sales. In the California market, the Model 3 outsold every other vehicle across all market segments including SUVs and trucks. This market dominance comes as Tesla lost the federal tax credit at the end of 2019. Outside of the Tesla sphere, the Chevy Bolt had a particularly good first quarter with a sales increase of 35 percent over 2019. Other leading models did not fare as well with Nissan Leaf sales down 24 percent and sales for the Toyota Prius Prime remaining flat. The Hyundai Kona EV, which was introduced in only a handful of states last year, saw sales more than double compared to the first quarter of 2019. In the luxury market, BMW i3 and Jaguar I-Pace sales fell by 76 and 15 percent respectively.

The performance of the EV sector in the second quarter will be telling as some outlets have pointed towards April as a particularly bad month for the auto market. Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s 2020 EV Outlook predicts the global auto market will face a 23 percent decline with EV sales also expected to drop. Based on what we know, it is clear the impacts of the pandemic will not be felt equally—some markets will outperform others. Europe, for example, reported an 87 percent increase in first quarter EV sales as conventional vehicle sales fell by 26 percent. Europe’s EV sector is supported by recent commitments to clean energy and transportation in the continent’s pandemic recovery plan that could move the EU towards carbon neutrality by 2050.

For their part, several European automakers including both Volkswagen and Daimler have echoed these pledges to slash emissions with carbon neutrality pledges for both manufacturing operations and vehicle sales. While Volkswagen plans to follow the EU’s pace in achieving carbon neutrality, Daimler is looking to accelerate their own timeline by a decade with their Ambition 2039 plan announced last month. Daimler’s plan includes a commitment to ensure EVs make up more than 50 percent of global sales by 2030. We will be consolidating automaker commitments to electrification as well as a range of other data in a new dashboard that we are working on with Natural Resources Defense Council. Expect to see that dashboard soon!
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Washington Awards $12 million from the VW Settlement for 40 Electric School Buses

On April 29, 2020, the Washington State Department of Ecology awarded $12 million from the state’s federal VW Settlement allocation to fund 40 electric school buses across the state. This award makes Washington the 14th state to commit settlement funds to school bus electrification. In addition to school buses, Washington has awarded more than $13 million for electric transit buses. It is also the first and only state to invest in hybrid electric ferry boats, awarding a total of $35 million to replace three of the state’s largest vessels in September 2019. Read More Here

New Jersey Will Allocate Remaining $45 Million VW Settlement Funds to EVs and EV Charging

Strengthening the state’s transportation electrification leadership, policymakers in New Jersey announced on April 22, 2020 that the remaining VW Settlement Funds worth almost $45 million will go towards EVs and EV charging. Roughly $32.7 million of this will go towards the replacement of old diesel buses, trucks, trains, port equipment, and marine vessels with electric alternatives. New Jersey has already awarded more than $24 million to EVs across several different vehicle categories and is one of only six total states awarding funds for electric trucks. 

The new round of funding also includes an RFP for charging infrastructure through the state’s It Pay$ to Plug In worth $7.6 million. The program that has already awarded $3.2 million for both DC fast and Level 2 charging stations throughout the state. 

The RFP will be open through June 22, 2020. Read More Here

NYSERDA Adds $5 million to the Charge Ready NY Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has added $5 million to the Charge Ready NY program which offers $4,000 rebates to public and private organizations that install Level 2 EV charging stations at public parking facilities, workplaces, and multifamily apartment buildings. This announcement brings the program’s total budget to $12 million. Since launching in September 2018, the program has supported more than 1,800 charging ports, of which over 1,000 have already been installed. Read More Here

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Upcoming Events

Electrify America will hold a webinar on Monday, June 15, from 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern (12:00-1:30 PM Pacific), that will provide details about how your organization may provide comments and suggestions regarding Electrify America’s next Investment Plan. Read more here.

June 15th @ 12pm PST

Plug In America has invited our colleagues at similar EV driver associations in the Netherlands, Norway, and Scotland to join us for a discussion about how EV adoption is taking place in different countries and what we can learn from one another. We will look at policies, the EV market, charging infrastructure, and consumers’ attitudes toward electric vehicles. Read more here.

June 23rd @ 1pm EST

How will future vehicle Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) fleet scenarios affect emissions of criteria pollutants, mobile source air toxics, and greenhouse gases? TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, June 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM that will discuss research on future vehicle fleet scenarios’ effect on emissions. Read more here.

June 30th @ 1pm EST

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