You read that right: in 2019's third quarter, electric vehicles outsold manual transmissions, Driving.ca reports, citing numbers compiled by J.D. Power research. I knew this day would come.
In easily digestible terms, here’s what J.D. Power found, per Driving.ca:
That intersection of falling M/Ts and rising EVs happened at 1.6-per-cent penetration, with EVs rising to represent 1.9 per cent of total sales; and stickshifts falling to a low of 1.1 per cent by the end of Q3.
Anyone following market trends probably isn’t surprised. With a dying interest in manuals and many marques just straight-up discontinuing their manual cars in America, it was only a matter of time before EVs—the hottest new trend—overtook ‘em in sales. If you want a manual now, you kind of have to seek it out; most brands only offer them on certain niche models.
Here’s what Tyson Jominy, Vice President of Automotive Data & Analytics Consulting at J.D. Power, told Driving.ca in an email:
[Manual transmissions] have been on a nearly century-long decline and while no rational person thinks the trend will ever reverse, it was interesting to note that only this year, after nearly a decade in market, EVs were able to surpass last century’s dying technology.
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If you’re not quite ready to abandon your good old fashioned gears, you’re probably going to want to start thinking about making a purchase pretty quick, before they’re totally phased out of American markets.