Detroit — general motors pulled forward ford motor Second-largest sales of all electric vehicles in Japan in the first quarter, trailing sole industry leader Tesla.
GM on Monday said it was sold 20,670 EVs in the first three months of the year.Ford, who finished second last year, on Tuesday Reported EV sales 10,866 in the same timeframe.
Motor Intelligence reports that Ford’s EV sales in the first quarter dropped its U.S. ranking to number five. modern car, This includes Kia, Volkswagen Ford has also overtaken, according to an auto industry data company.
Ford’s decline in rankings and sales was largely due to production shutdowns at two North American plants that make electric vehicles. Sales of his Mach E Mustang fell by 19.7% during the quarter. This is due to the retrofitting of the plant in Mexico, doubling its production capacity to 210,000 EVs per year.Ford also lost about five weeks of production of the F-150 Lightning pickup due to battery fireleading to factory downtime, small recall.
GM still lags far behind Tesla in EV sales. Motor Intelligence estimates that Tesla, which doesn’t report sales by region, sold 161,630 EVs in the US in the first quarter.
GM and Ford say they plan to overtake Tesla in EV sales in the next few years. But Elon Musk’s company is aiming to significantly expand its EV production.Tesla has previously said it plans to produce 20 million electric vehicles per year By 2030.
Most of GM’s EV sales chevrolet volt model Starts under $30,000. These cars have older battery technology than newer, more expensive Ultium-based EVs. as GMC Hummer and Cadillac Lyric.
GM confirmed Monday that it plans to build 50,000 EVs in the first half of 2023 and “double that” in 2023. the second half of this year, That’s because Lyriq production has ramped up and the electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup will start shipping later this spring.
Ford is also ramping up EV production, including plans it reaffirmed Tuesday to reduce production of the F-150 Lightning at its Michigan plant to annual production rates. 150,000 this year.
Ford says it plans to reach an annual global capacity of 2 million EVs by 2026. GM says they hit the same threshold a year ago.
— CNBC’s Phil Lebeau Contributed to this report.
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