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Kia just released their U.S. vehicle sales information for May 2022. While overall Kia sales were down in the U.S. for the month of May, as they are for year lớn date, Kia’s electrified vehicle sales were up, in some significant ways.

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According to lớn Kia, their U.S. electrified vehicle sales for May 2022 were up 132 percent over May 2021. While that number sounds spectacular, it is important to lớn point out that Kia had fewer electrified models on sale in May in the U.S. last year (as the EV6 and Sorenlớn plug-in hybrid were not yet on sale). It is also important khổng lồ point out that compared lớn their all-time monthly sales record for electrified vehicles, phối in March 2022, this May was only up by 5%. Also, overall Kia’s U.S. sales were down almost 28 percent for the month. While those stats may diminish some of the luster of this sales achievement, it is still a win for Kia & shows that they are managing to increase the availability of the hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) và full electric (EV) vehicles that are in ever increasing demand these days.

Which electrified models were driving this sales surge for Kia? Likely it was all of them! But it turns out that the Niro family of HEV, PHEV và EV models were the stars with its best ever May sales figures, up more than 28 percent for a total of 3,694 units sold, or about 42 percent higher year lớn date. In addition, the first full month of the all-new 2023 Sportage HEV saw an impressive sầu 2,417 units sold và the EV6, which went on sale early this year, continued to lớn sell well with 2,088 units sold in May and 10,001 total, year lớn date. Kia likely sold more than a few Sorenlớn PHEV và HEV models as well, though these weren’t called out in their press release. That being the case, Kia likely sold about the same or less than in recent months since Kia would have called out higher sales if that were the case.

How did other mainstream manufacturers fare in their May sales, compared to lớn Kia? Toyota’s sales were down about the same as Kia’s overall, at over 27% lower, however Toyota’s electrified vehicle sales haven’t been broken out yet so I’ll have sầu khổng lồ report back after they are. Mazdomain authority và Honda suffered far worse declines at over 63 & 57 percent, respectively. Subaru was down almost 25 percent & is on its 12 month in a row of sales declines. Ford fared better, & was only down a little over 4 percent. Perhaps more significantly, Ford has taken over second place from Kia in the EV sales race. It may be worth saying that is not necessarily the case in the electrified vehicle sales race, since Ford và Kia don’t break out all of their HEV & PHEV sales figures, & of course there’s Toyota & all its HEVs & PHEVs. Ford was able khổng lồ snag the second place EV sales spot after the Mach-E had a record setting sales month (5,179 U.S. sales), & was further buoyed by 874 E-Transit work vans (also a record) và the first 201 sales of the brvà new F-150 Lightning (technically a record too, since May was its first month of sales). In summary, it was a rough month for many mainstream automakers, but electrified vehicle sales (at least for some lượt thích Kia và Ford) were a bright spot with healthy increases in month over month and year over year sales figures.

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It will be interesting to see if Ford retains its second place position throughout the remainder of the year. I think it is likely as long as the F-150 Lightning continues to lớn at least steadily increase its monthly sales. Kia on the other h& will be debuting another PHEV later this year (the Sportage PHEV), but no additional EVs until next year (with the release of the EV9). Please leave sầu any comments or questions below.

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Justin Hart has owned & driven electric vehicles for over 14 years, including a first generation Nissan LEAF, second generation Chevy Volt, Tesla Model 3, an electric bicycle & most recently a Kia Sorenkhổng lồ PHEV. He is also an avid SUP rider, poet, photographer & wine lover. He enjoys taking long EV và PHEV road trips to lớn beautiful & serene places with the people he loves. Follow Justin on Twitter for daily KIA EV news coverage.