The number of electric vehicles registered in the U.S. nearly doubled in the first four months of 2021 as overall registrations climbed 36 percent.
Registrations of battery-electric vehicles jumped 95 percent to 133,509 in the January through April period from the same period of 2020, according to Experian data. That gave EVs 2.3 percent of the market, up from 1.6 percent last year.
Registrations declined for three of Tesla's four nameplates: the Model 3, down 12 percent; the Model S, down 63 percent; and the Model X, down 75 percent. But Tesla's newest offering, the Model Y, saw registrations surge to 53,102 from 2,260 in the year-earlier period, giving the company an overall increase of 71 percent and keeping it in fourth place among luxury brands. The registration data provides the most accurate view into Tesla's U.S. sales because the automaker doesn't report monthly or by country.