Long dominated by Tesla, the all-electric vehicle market is beginning to shift dramatically as legacy automakers and a handful of upstarts continue to roll out new models. That includes Ford, which currently sells three all-electric vehicles in the U.S. – the Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Ford E-Transit, with many more in development. In the meantime, that trio of models helped propel Ford EV sales to the point where the automaker was the second-largest in that regard last year, behind only Tesla, according to The Blue Oval’s latest sales report.
Ford EV sales hit a record of 61,575 units in 2022, which helped the automaker top all of its competitors – save for one, at least, as Tesla delivered a total of 1.31 million vehicles last year. However, it’s clear that Ford is beginning to eat into Tesla’s lead in that regard, as its EV sales were up a whopping 126 percent in 2022, as well as 223 percent in December, while The Blue Oval’s chief competitor enjoyed a 40 percent sales increase, year-over-year.
In terms of individual models, the Ford F-150 Lightning finished the year as the best-selling EV pickup in the U.S. with 15,617 units sold, while the E-Transit recorded 6,500 sales – making it the best-selling EV van in America. The Ford Mustang Mach-E enjoyed a sales increase of 103 percent in December and 45.4 percent for the year as it moved a total of 39,458 units.
Back in August, Ford CEO Jim Farley stated that the EV transition is occurring faster than expected, and in spite of its well-documented production issues, The Blue Oval has reaped the benefits of that trend over the past year. Prior to finishing out the last month of the year in a strong manner, Ford EV sales grew by 211 percent in Q3, while its share of the EV segment increased by two percent year-over-year in November.