According to the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 2019 was another record year in terms of BEV battery deployment in the U.S..
The total amount of plug-in vehicle battery capacity in new cars sold in 2019 was 18.5 GWh (on par with the 2018 result), despite the fact that plug-in sales declined by 10% to 325,800.
In the case of all-electric cars, the capacity is estimated at 17.4 GWh (all-time high and 3% above 2018) as the number of BEVs increased by 1% year-over-year, and the average capacity increased a little bit too.
Plug-in hybrids didn’t have so much luck, 32% lower sales in 2019 translated into similar battery capacity deployment, but a drop to 1.1 GWh.
Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Assessment of Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicles in the United States, 2010 – 2019, June 2020.
From 2011 through the end of 2019, some 61.3 GWh of batteries were installed in new plug-in cars sold in the U.S. (54 GWh in BEVs and 7.3 GWh in PHEVs).
The previous two years were responsible for 37 GWh or 60% of the total, which is mostly related to Tesla Model 3.
We are not sure whether the year 2020 will also bring a little growth – probably it will not, but the longer-term perspectives are bright with all the new models.