Nearly 18% Of New Cars Sold In California This Year Were ZEVs


So far this year, 250,486 new zero-emissions vehicles have been registered in California. That amounts to 17.7 percent of all new vehicle sales in the state being either all-electric, fuel cell electric, or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The market share of new fully electric vehicles in California is only growing. In 2022 so far, 209,702 EVs were sold in California, compared to 183,933 EVs sold during the entire 2021.

ZEV adoption in the state is up 42.7 percent over 2021, and 126.9 percent over 2020. According to the latest data from California’s energy commission, all-time sales of ZEVs are split into 13,988 hydrogen-powered, 417,867 plug-in hybrids, and 872,716 fully electric vehicles.

Read: EVs Reaching A Tipping Point In The U.S., Could Make Up A Quarter Of Sales By 2025

As is the case elsewhere, Tesla is leading the sales charts. The formerly California-based EV manufacturer has sold more than 69,306 Model 3s in the state this year, more than all other EV manufacturers combined.

In total, Tesla has sold a total of 152,835 vehicles in the state, which is nearly 73 percent of all EVs sold in California this year, and 61 percent of all ZEVs, regardless of propulsion system.

With a total of more than 1.4 million vehicles (of ZEV or not) being sold in the first three quarters of 2022, though, California still lags behind EV-mad corners of the planet, like Norway, where they account for over 80 percent of all new vehicles. The state is far ahead of the rest of the U.S. though, as the latest estimates show that ZEVs account for just 4.9 percent of new car sales across the country.

Research shows, though, that once EVs reach five percent of total volume, acceptance among buyers grows and sales accelerate faster. So the U.S. might not be that far behind California for too much longer.


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