Vehicles | July 4, 2021 3:15 pm

In June, Electric Mustangs Outsold Gas-Powered Mustangs

A modest landmark for Ford

Ford Mustang
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT.

This June, the growing popularity of electric vehicles reached a modest but notable milestone. According to a new report by Erik Shilling at Jalopnik, Ford’s electric Mustangs outsold the gas-powered version for the first time. Data provided by Ford reveals a slight advantage to the Mach-E: 2,465 sold in the United States versus 2,240 of the gas-powered version.

Shilling notes that there are a few caveats to this. One of them is that the shortage of chips worldwide has likely affected these numbers; the other is that gas-powered Mustangs are still outselling the electric versions by a substantial margin for the year to date. For the record, that’s 31,950 gas-powered versions compared with 12,975 electric versions.

This trend is roughly in line with data released last month by the Pew Research Center. There, it noted that over three times as many electric vehicles were registered in the United States now as were in 2016. On a more global scale, however, the United States is still lagging behind a number of European countries, as well as China, in terms of the overall percentage of electric vehicles sold.

Ford’s data also comes in the midst of an ongoing debate about charging facilities and how best to place and operate them. Still, the more electric vehicles out there, the more demand there will be for such spaces — and this week’s news from Ford is another encouraging step.