Toyota Plug-In Cars Sales Down 20% In Q1, 200k Limit Almost Reached

Toyota Motor North America (Toyota and Lexus brands) reported sales of 514,592 vehicles in the United States in the first quarter of 2022, down 14.7 percent from a year ago.

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

  • Toyota: 450,227 (a decrease of 14.9%)
  • Lexus: 64,365 (down 13.3%)
  • Total: 514 592 (decrease by 14.7%)

Of these, electrified vehicles (HEV, PHEV, BEV, FCEV) represent 132,938 or nearly 25.8% of the total:

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

Unfortunately, sales of plug-in electric vehicles have also declined from the previous year, although Lexus has released its first PHEV. The share of plugins remains relatively low of the total volume (1.6%), but on the positive side – the only way forward is up.

  • Toyota Plugins: 7,819 (20% off)
  • Lexus Plugins: 605 (new)
  • Total plugins: 8424 (14% reduction) and 1.6% of the total volume
    * FCEVs: 715 (down 17.7%)

In total, Toyota has delivered more than 198,000 electric vehicles with a plug-in, which means that we will soon hear official information about reaching the 200,000 limit for federal tax credits (which triggers the phasing out of the incentive).


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When it comes to specific models, there are three plug-in hybrids: two Toyota and one Lexus, as well as one model with hydrogen fuel cells (Toyota Mirai). The all-electric Toyota bZ4X will join the range later this year.

Currently, Toyota RAV4 Prime is the largest plug-in model in Toyota’s offer, as the volume has almost doubled compared to the previous year:

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

Toyota’s electrified vehicle sales in the United States in the first quarter of 2022