Report: EVs outsell vehicles with manual transmissions in US
Barely more than one in 100 vehicles are now purchased with a manual.
Electric vehicles still represent a small share of the overall automotive market in the US, however they are apparently more popular than vehicles purchased with a manual transmission.
Third-quarter delivery data analyzed by JD Power indicates just 1.1 percent of vehicles are still purchased with a manual gearbox in the country, while battery-powered vehicles represent nearly two percent of sales, according to Driving.
"[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," said JD Power VP Tyson Jominy.
Porsche recently announced that the 2020 911 Carrera S will be available with a manual gearbox -- but not the base model -- and the row-your-own option adds 0.7 seconds to the car's zero-to-60 mph time. The announcement reflects the current state of the industry, as automatic transmissions have become quicker, more efficient, and sometimes cheaper than manuals after accounting for the extra costs of assembling multiple configurations.
In any case, manual transmissions will undoubtedly retain a presence in the sports-car market for many years to come.