EVs claim 15 percent of California vehicle sales; Tesla still on top

California continues to lead the way when it comes to non-fossil fuel-powered transport. According to figures from the California New Car Dealers Association, the state now reports 15.1 percent of its total vehicle sales as electric. This is a good sign as the Golden State continues to target a total ban of internal combustion engine ban by 2035.

The 15.1 percent share is significant compared to the 5.6 percent share nationally. However, the national percentage is still a massive improvement over 2.7 percent in Q1 2021.

When hybrids are accounted for, the EV share in California jumps to almost 30 percent. Meanwhile, plug-in hybrids lost market share while hybrids gained.

Tesla took first place, with the Model Y dominating vehicle sales. The EV model has outsold Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado combined. It also outclassed all the models sold by Nissan.

California represented about one-eighth of Tesla’s global sales. The brand came second only to Toyota in the state. This was despite costing more on average.

Meanwhile, California’s EV rebate program has been paused due to a lack of funds.

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