DETROIT — General Motors pulled ahead of Ford Motor to become the country’s second-best seller of all-electric vehicles during the first quarter, trailing only industry leader Tesla.
Motor Intelligence reports Ford’s EV sales during the first quarter dropped its ranking to fifth in the U.S. Hyundai Motor, which includes Kia, and Volkswagen also pulled ahead of Ford, according to the auto industry data firm.
Ford’s drop in rankings and sales was largely due to production down times at two of its North American plants that produce electric vehicles. Sales of its Mustang Mach-E fell 19.7% during the quarter, as it retooled a factory in Mexico to double its production capacity to 210,000 of the EVs per year. Ford also lost about five production weeks of its F-150 Lightning pickup due to a battery fire, which led to factory downtime and a small recall.
GM still significantly trails Tesla in EV sales. Motor Intelligence estimates Tesla, which does not report sales by region, sold 161,630 EVs in the U.S. during the first quarter.
Sales of passenger electric vehicles in the U.S.
In the first quarter of 2023
The table shows the number of sales of electric vehicles for Tesla, GM, Hyundai and Kia, Volkswagen and Ford in the first quarter of 2023.
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