Tesla Model 3 and Model Y were the two best-selling cars in California in H1 of 2022

Tesla Model 3 and Model Y

We have long known California to be a fan of EVs, but the latest registration numbers point towards dominance by Tesla.

As per data from the California New Car Dealer’s Association, Tesla was number one and two in terms of the top models.


The Tesla Model Y came in first, and the Tesla Model 3 came in second for overall car sales.

The Tesla Model S also came first in its segment, Luxury and High-End Sports Cars.

The only Tesla model not to lead its segment was the Tesla Model X, which came in fourth in the Luxury Mid-Size SUV.

In terms of brand sales, Tesla is up 82 per cent from this time last year.

In California, Tesla has jumped from number ten in brand market share to number two in market share.

The top five brands in terms of market share are:

  1. Toyota 17.9 per cent
  2. Tesla 10.7 per cent
  3. Ford 8.7 per cent
  4. Honda 8.6 per cent
  5. Chevrolet 6.2 per cent

However, another interesting stat is the percentage change in brand registration year to date.

Only two brands, Tesla and Genesis, are positive. In contrast, all other brands are losing out big, as you can see below.

At least to say, this is positive news for Tesla as they continue the climb up in market share in the largest auto market in the US.

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Originally from the West Coast, Scott is an avid writer & EV enthusiast now living in Ottawa. He holds a MA in Political Science and once played professional football in the German Football League. Email scott@driveteslacanada.ca