Toyota plug-in cars sell 20% less in Q1, limit of 200k almost reached

Toyota Motor North America (brands Toyota and Lexus) reported sales of 514,592 cars in the US in the first quarter of 2022, which is 14.7% less than a year ago.

The figures, which are lower than in 2021, suggest that the Japanese manufacturer is also affected by the industry-wide supply challenges.

  • Toyota: 450,227 (below 14.9%)
  • Lexus: 64,365 (under 13.3%)
  • Total: 514,592 (below 14.7%)

Of these, electrified cars (HEV, PHEV, BEV, FCEV) account for 132,938 or almost 25.8% of the total volume:

  • Toyota xEV: 119,938 (down 4.4%)
  • Lexus xEV: 13,116 (up to 0.8%)
  • Total xEV: 132,938 (down 3.9%) and 25.8% of the total volume

Unfortunately, sales of plug-in electric cars have also declined compared to the previous year, despite Lexus launching its first PHEV. The share of plug-ins remains relatively low out of the total volume (1.6%), but on the plus side – the only way forward is upwards.

  • Toyota plug-ins: 7,819 (share 20%)
  • Lexus plug-ins: 605 (new)
  • Total plug-ins: 8,424 (down 14%) and 1.6% of the total volume
    * FCEVs: 715 (below 17.7%)
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Cumulatively, Toyota has supplied more than 198,000 plug-in electric cars, which means we should soon hear official information about reaching the 200,000 limit for federal tax credits (which triggers the beginning of the stimulus phase-out).

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Models

2017 Toyota Prius Prime: First Drive

Toyota Prius Prime

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

When it comes to certain models, there are three plug-in hybrids: two Toyota and one Lexus, and also one hydrogen fuel cell model (Toyota Mirai). Later this year, the line-up will be connected to the all-electric Toyota bZ4X.

Currently, the Toyota RAV4 Prime is the plug-in model with the highest volume in Toyota’s offering, as the volume has almost doubled year-on-year:

The hydrogen Toyota Mirai listed 715 units (down 18%) and is now very close to 10,000 units cumulative over several years of limited availability.

Toyota electrified car sales in the US in Q1 2022

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