Volvo experiences deceleration in U.S. plug-in car sales in January 2024

Volvo experiences deceleration in U.S. plug-in car sales in January 2024

In an unexpected turn of events, Swedish multinational automobile brand Volvo faced a notable deceleration in the sales of its all-electric cars in the United States during the initial month of 2024, despite maintaining overall consistency in total car sales. While the overall statistics for total car sales remained relatively consistent, the plug-in electric car segment experienced an unanticipated downturn. In the month of January this year, Volvo Cars USA sold a total of 7,716 cars, marking an increase of just 0.3 per cent year-over-year. However, when we focus on plug-in electric car sales, the stats reveal that sales dropped 21 per cent from the corresponding month of 2023. The market share, although remaining relatively high at 24.3 per cent, signals a cause for concern as it slipped below the figures from both January 2023 and January 2022.

The main contributor to this decline was the steep fall in sales of all-electric cars, which plummeted 66 per cent year-over-year to just 260 units. In contrast, plug-in hybrids maintained a comparatively stable level, with 1,615 units sold, reflecting a marginal 1 per cent surge year-over-year. The anticipation of reinforcements in the brand’s all-electric lineup, such as the 2024 Volvo C40 and XC40, along with the upcoming EX30 and EX90 electric models later in the year, offers a ray of hope for a potential resurgence.

The aforementioned stats are enough to raise industry concerns, highlighting a unique challenge within the landscape of broader automotive market.

Looking back at the robust performance in the year of 2023, where the brand sold more than 35,000 plug-in electric cars in the American market with a notable jump of 28 per cent year-over-year, it becomes evident that the recent decline is a temporary setback rather than a long-term trend. The sales figures from 2023, which accounted for nearly 28 per cent of the total sales volume, demonstrate the company’s commitment to electric mobility. The breakdown of those sales reveals a substantial growth in deliveries of all-electric cars, with 86 per cent year-over-year increase in Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), while Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) enjoyed a commendable 7 per cent growth.

As 2024 unfolds, Volvo stands at a crucial juncture with the potential to significantly boost all-electric car sales. The key factor in this equation lies in the successful introduction and supply of the Volvo EX90 and the Volvo EX30. However, challenges persist, and all eyes are on the brand as it navigates through these challenges.

Business News: 
Technology Update: