the sale of hybrid and electric cars in Argentina during 2022 he again set a new record. But, despite this evolution, the number of units sold continues to show a very low number.
The growth in the share of electrified cars is on the rise all over the world and there are some places, like Norway, for example, where this type of technology surpasses models with combustion engines.
In Argentina there is an increase and it had already been seen in the first half of 2022, but the base is still small. Over the past year, the local market has sold out 7,849 electrified units. which represented a growth of 33% compared to what was marketed in 2021 and 231.9% compared to 2020.
That number consists of 7,588 units of hybrid modelswhich combine an internal combustion engine with at least one other electric and 260 all-electric examples, according to the report of the Association of Automobile Dealers of the Argentine Republic (ACARA).
Part of the reason why this evolution is not greater has to do with the fact that most electrified models arrive imported into the country and the dollar shortage experienced by the Argentine economy does not encourage greater supply.
The most chosen hybrid and electric
In any case, last year not only increased the number of units sold, but also 14 models have been added to the offer. However, it must be said that in other Latin American countries the availability of electrified models is much wider and more varied.
In the local market, Toyota predominates among electrified cars, which is also the brand that led the total sales ranking in 2022.
As for hybrids, the Japanese brand has sold a total of 6,726 copiesall corresponding to vehicles with hybrid technology, since, for the moment, Toyota does not offer 100% electric models in the country.
The Japanese company concentrated 86% of the sales of vehicles with alternative engines in the last year. In fact, 79% correspond to two of its models: the hybrid versions of the Corolla and the Corolla cross.
These models are the only hybrids that come imported from Brazil and this gives them an advantage over the rest that are imported from other countries outside the region, as well as the tax benefits they can have (5% duty instead of 35% for any vehicle with conventional engine that arrives “extrazone”).
Ford is the second brand that sold the most electrified models in the country in 2022, with a total of 476 units delivered. That number also corresponds to hybrid models, primarily the Kuga SUV (348 units) and the F-150 Hybrid (116).
In any case, the oval brand has already announced the expansion of this offer with its new electrified vehicle strategy for this year, which includes the arrival of the Maverick Hybrid pickup and the electric Mustang Mach-E and the utility E-Transit.
The other company that will expand its electric range will be Renault, which this year confirmed three new battery-powered models: Kwid E-Tech, Kangoo E-Tech and Megane E-Tech.
Among the premium brands, the one at the top is Audi (146 units), followed by DS (133), Lexus (77), Mercedes-Benz (65) and Volvo (22). Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, mild hybrids and pure electrics appear in this account.
As for the latter, the model that was patented the most last year comes from a national assembly project: the Tito from the Coradir company, 195 units registered in 2022. It is an urban vehicle with most of the parts coming from from China and which is armed in San Luis. On another similar aircraft but with a higher content of domestically produced parts, appears SERO, which sold 12 vehicles last year.
Among the traditional brands, the one that patented the most was Nissan with the Leaf (37 units), followed by Renault (11) and Audi (4). Supply is still very low, even if it is expected to grow this year.
The 10 best-selling electrified bikes
1. Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid: 4,390
2. Hybrid Toyota Corolla: 1,830
3. Toyota RAV4: 357
4. Ford Kuga hybrid: 348
5. Coradir Titus: 192
6. Toyota C-HR: 140
7. DS 7 Crossback E-Tense: 121
8. Ford F-150 hybrid: 116
9. Audi A4: 80
10. Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4:56
Ben Stock is a journalist working for News Rebeat, where he covers the automobile section. With a passion for cars and the industry, Ben brings insightful and in-depth reporting to his readers.