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15 Most Popular Electric Cars That Dominated 2023’s Sales Charts

The electric vehicle (EV) market continues to surge forward, with 2023 proving to be a landmark year. As more consumers embrace the eco-friendly and high-performance benefits of electric cars, automakers have responded with a wide range of EV options.

To help you keep pace with the EV landscape, Car and Driver compiled a list of the 15 bestselling electric vehicles of 2023, based on units sold. From stylish sedans to rugged trucks, these EVs have captured the hearts of environmentally conscious drivers and tech enthusiasts alike. 

Hyundai Ioniq 6 (12,999 units sold)

2022 Hyundai Ioniq6
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With just under 13,000 units sold, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 took the electric vehicle market by storm in 2023. Its sleek design, impressive range, and tech-packed interior left buyers buzzing with excitement. It proved that Hyundai knows how to electrify the road in style.

Nissan Ariya (13,464 units sold)

Nissan Ariya
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The Nissan Ariya wasn’t just another EV; it was a statement. Selling over 13,000 units, it showcased Nissan’s commitment to electric mobility. Its futuristic design and advanced features made it a crowd-pleaser, and it’s easy to see why.

BMW iX (17,301 units sold)

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The BMW iX zoomed into the EV scene with over 17,000 units sold. Combining BMW’s signature luxury with electric performance, it captured the hearts of driving enthusiasts and eco-conscious buyers alike.

Kia EV6 (18,879 units sold)

Side view of a red Kia EV6 electric car.
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Kia’s EV6 exceeded expectations with nearly 19,000 units sold. Its bold styling, impressive range, and cutting-edge technology made it a standout in the EV world. Kia showed it was a force to be reckoned with.

BMW i4 (22,583 units sold)

2022 BMW i4 M50
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BMW’s i4 was the epitome of electric elegance, with over 22,000 units sold. It combined performance and sustainability seamlessly, proving that luxury and eco-friendliness could go hand in hand.

Ford F-150 Lightning (24,165 units sold)

2022 F-150 Lightning Lariat Extended Range
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Ford’s F-150 Lightning electrified the pickup truck market with over 24,000 units sold. It brought all the power and capability of the classic F-150, now with an eco-friendly twist. Pickup lovers couldn’t resist its electric charm.

Tesla Model X (24,700 units sold, estimated)

Photograph of a Tesla model X near the beach, sun is setting, doors are open.
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Tesla’s Model X estimated sales exceeded expectations, showcasing Tesla’s prowess in the electric SUV segment. Known for its distinctive falcon-wing doors and cutting-edge tech, it’s no wonder it found its place in so many driveways.

Tesla Model S (26,700 units sold, estimated)

Tesla Model S 2022 at the rural road
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Tesla’s Model S, a true pioneer in the EV world, maintained its status with estimated sales of over 26,000 units. Its sleek design and ever-evolving features kept it in demand among Tesla enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 (33,918 units sold)

Hyundai IONIQ 5
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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 turned heads with over 33,000 units sold. Its retro-futuristic design and practicality made it a winner in the EV market, proving that Hyundai knows how to electrify daily life.

Volkswagen ID.4 (37,789 units sold)

Volkswagen ID.4
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Volkswagen’s ID.4 found its way into over 37,000 homes in 2023. With a spacious interior, comfortable ride, and VW’s reliability, it became a top choice for those looking to make the electric switch.

Ford Mustang Mach-E (40,771 units sold)

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
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Ford’s Mustang Mach-E galloped into the electric vehicle arena with over 40,000 units sold. A true embodiment of the Mustang spirit, it combined performance, style, and sustainability in one electrifying package.

Rivian R1T/R1S (47,200 units sold, estimated)  

Rivian R1T (2021)
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Rivian’s R1T pickup and R1S SUV made a splash with an estimated 47,000 units sold. Designed for adventure, these electric vehicles brought a new level of excitement to off-road and electric enthusiasts alike.

Chevrolet Bolt EV/Bolt EUV (62,045 units sold)  

Chevrolet Bolt EUV
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Chevrolet’s Bolt EV and Bolt EUV achieved impressive sales, totaling over 62,000 units. These affordable electric options showcased Chevy’s commitment to electric accessibility.

Tesla Model 3 (232,700 units sold, estimated) 

Photograph of a grey Tesla model 3 driving on the road with the sun setting in the background.
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Tesla’s Model 3 estimated sales dominated the electric vehicle market. With its accessible price point, impressive range, and Tesla’s renowned innovation, it continued to lead the electric revolution.

Tesla Model Y (385,900 units sold, estimated) 

Tesla Model Y
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Tesla’s Model Y took the crown as the best-selling EV of 2023 with estimated sales nearing 386,000 units. Its blend of SUV practicality and Tesla’s electric magic made it a favorite among buyers worldwide.

Author: Madison Cates

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