A Look At California’s Plug-In Electric Car Sales Compared To Rest Of U.S.

2 years ago by Mark Kane 10

U.S. Plug-In Cars – January 2016

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – January 2016

PEV Sales Dashboard (source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative)

PEV Sales Dashboard (source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative)

Cumulative (since December 2010) plug-in electric car sales in the U.S. exceeded 407,000 at the end of January 2016 (check our data).

Last month brought growth and we hope that every month in 2016 will set its own sales record this year after the not-so-strong 2015.

According to the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, some 45% of all U.S. sales comes from a single state – California.

  • Nationwide: 407,378
  • California: 184,657

In January the share was even higher – 55%:

  • Nationwide: 6,713
  • California: 3,692

California is the largest car market in the U.S. and a rather wealthy state, with suitable weather for EVs, the largest portfolio of EVs available, and a strong set of state incentives. All those factors combined place California nearly ahead of the 49 other states combined.

U.S. nationwide and California plug-in electric car sales (source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative)

U.S. nationwide and California plug-in electric car sales (source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative)

U.S. nationwide and California plug-in electric car sales (source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative)

U.S. nationwide and California plug-in electric car sales (source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative)

Source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative via Green Car Reports

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10 responses to "A Look At California’s Plug-In Electric Car Sales Compared To Rest Of U.S."

  1. TBill says:

    OK now you got the data.
    I get for 2015:
    31% Hybrids sold in CA
    65% PHEV sold in CA
    49% BEV sold in CA

    1. TBill says:

      PS- Ca. is about 11% of population/car market

  2. SparkEV says:

    What are top 10 states, or even top 3 states? I’m curious how steeply others lag.

    1. TBill says:

      Except for proprietary data which must be paid for, California is virtually the only state for which we have open state data to look at.

      I wish my state’s Auto Dealer’s Association would publish a quarterly report like CNCDA.org

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Here is the population of the top 10 States, as estimated for mid-2015 (source below).

      39,144,818 California
      27,469,114 Texas
      20,271,272 Florida
      19,795,791 New York
      12,859,995 Illinois
      12,802,503 Pennsylvania
      11,613,423 Ohio
      10,214,860 Georgia
      10,042,802 North Carolina

      As has been said, State by State figures for EV sales are difficult or impossible to come by, and in some cases require paying for the information. Even InsideEVs staff have complained about that.

      source:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_population

  3. Elroy says:

    Now if we could just get our 101 and interstate 5 DCQC corridor completed between Southern and Northern California.

    1. SparkEV says:

      DCFC using CCS from SoCal to NoCal is possible as of about Oct. 2015 along 101. Chademo has been possible along 99 for much longer. There are choke points (ie, just one DCFC for 60 miles), but it’s possible. I fancy a fictional one day race in my “The great trans California EV race” blog post, maybe ending in CARB office in Sacramento.

  4. scho says:

    what percentage are ev sales of total car sales?

  5. Emc2 says:

    California PEV market share in 2025 was 3.1% according to this source

    http://www.cncda.org/CMS/Pubs/Cal%20Covering%204Q%2015.pdf

    Which reports cum sales a bit higher that the ones reported here, over 190,000 through December 2015.

  6. GRA says:

    The running out of the SO HOV (green) stickers for PHEVs is likely to put a big dent in their sales (once the initial Gen 2 Volt frenzy has passed), unless it’s extended again. So far I haven’t seen any sign of such an action by the legislature.

    There’s also the income cap to qualify for state rebates beginning next month, which may hurt Tesla/BMW/Mercedes/Porsche/Volvo PEV sales a bit. But to most of those customers it’s a minor issue.