Report: Top 10 Car Sales in U.S., Not One Electric Vehicle

Michael W. Chapman | October 12, 2021 | 11:21am EDT
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2021 Ford-F 150  (Screenshot,
2021 Ford-F 150 (Screenshot,

In its latest report on the best-selling cars, trucks, and SUVs of 2021, Car and Driver's top ten are gasoline-fueled vehicles. There is not one electric vehicle (EV) on the list.

Some of the top ten cars and trucks are offered as hybrids (electric and gas), but they currently do not out-sell the traditional, internal-combustion-engine-run cars and trucks.

No doubt, electric (and hybrid) car sales are slowly growing. In 2019, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a total of 700,407 EVs, battery-run, and hybrids were sold in the U.S.  However, in that same year, total used and new car sales totaled 62,107,000. So, the EVs, battery-run, and hybrids made up about 1.12% of U.S. car sales (used and new) that year. 

In June 2021, the Pew Research Center reported that new car sales of EVs, battery, and hybrids made up about 2% of all U.S. car sales for 2020. 

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

"The surge of electric car sales is undeniable, but the noise generated by politicians and environmentalists cheering on the battery revolution hides a compelling fact; far from its imminent demise, internal combustion engines (ICE) are going to be around for a long time yet," reported Forbes

"According to data provider IHS Markit [in October 2020], by 2050 between 60 and 80% of global new car sales will be electric (this comprises battery, plug-in hybrid and fuel cells), but ICE-based cars will still account for 1.9 billion vehicles on the road because of their longevity," reported Forbes. (Emphasis added.)

“It will still be a long road before they (electric vehicles) dislodge gasoline as the predominant fuel in transportation," said IHS Markit Vice-Chairman Daniel Yergin in his book The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations.

With that in mind, here are the top ten best-selling cars in the U.S. for 2021, as of Oct. 4, 2021:

1. Ford F-Series (534,831 units sold)

2. Ram Pickup (434,772 units sold)

3. Chevrolet Silverado (407,266 units sold)

2021 Toyota RAV-4   (Screenshot,
2021 Toyota RAV-4 (Screenshot,

4. Toyota RAV4 (313,447 units sold)

5. Honda CR-V (290,140 units sold)

6. Toyota Camry (256,769 units sold)

7. Nissan Rogue (234,647 units sold)

8. Toyota Corolla (217,727 units sold)

9. Honda Civic (216,575 units sold)

10. Toyota Highlander (207,564 units sold)

h/t Car and Driver

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