California #1 With 77,000 Electric Vehicles – Georgia # 2 With 10,000


HOV Access a Perk For Plug-In Hybrid Buyers In California

HOV Access a Perk For Plug-In Hybrid Buyers In California

The latest obscure plug-in vehicle sales data has arrived and with it wee see that Georgia is now ranked #2 in the US in electric vehicles registered:

“Meanwhile, Georgia ranks second in the nation with 10,000 electric vehicles on the road — California is first with 77,000 — in large part because it offers up to $5,000 in tax credits per car. New Jersey ranks 11th in electric vehicles with 3,800.”

Still, that’s a huge gap between #1 and #2.

The report adds:

“Last year, just 905 of the 485,000 total new vehicles sold in New Jersey were pure electric cars.”

Yes, it’s a report focused on New Jersey, but we find it impossible to pass up any information on state sales data for EVs.

Unfortunately, it’s just these three states included in the data this time around.


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The article is about electric vehicles not plug-in vehicles in general.

What is the market penetration in these two states? Yes, there is a huge gap, but could GA have actually beaten CA in terms of market share?

We should have updated numbers (through the end of June) for WA state any day now. We were just under 8,000 at the beginning of the year.

That is RIGHT! Georgia Number 2, I wonder how big the gap is with #3

A small gap. Washington was #2 until Dec/Feb. in Jan WA had ~8000 with over 10,000 in May. The 10,000 GA EV registration numbers appear to have been from Mar/Apr timeframe.

note: Georgia has a much larger population than Washington, plus some sweet EV incentives ($$, HOV, etc) so I’d expect the gap to widen over next couple years.

I expect the gap to disappear as the sweet $5k incentive makes way for a more practical $2k or so.

California population = 38,332,521
EVs per capita = .0020

Georgia population = 9,815,210
EVs per capita = .0010

New Jersey population = 8,899,339
EVs per capita = .0004

I think Hawaii is #1 in EVs per capita.. but not 100% sure.

This article does not report per capita, but it does report on market share…

I shall plagiarize – these are the top 10:

Washington 1.6%
Hawaii 1.6%
California 1.4%
Georgia 1.1%
Oregon 1.1%
District of Columbia 0.6%
Utah 0.4%
Colorado 0.4%
Tennessee 0.3%
Illinois 0.3%

The 200,000 EVs nationally, referenced in the article places EV data at a March 2014 timeframe. Current national EV count (early-Aug 2014, is over 236,000. (ie: dated by more than 18%) This article is dated, and makes reference to a poor source of dated data. FYI: California now has over 87,000 EVs registered. (If the 77,000 California number in the article has same date as 200,000 mark) … meaning Californians purchased ~10,000 in last four months; OVER 830 per WEEK … compared to lifetime NJ total of 905 EVs! At current rate of growth Californians will be buy a state of NJ worth of EVs (2013 number) each week in December 2014. Just think … in 2014 NJ registered it’s 1,000th EV while CA is looking to register it’s 100,000 EV. The two states are two orders of magnitude apart. For context, California has ~36-39% of registereod EV in US. Combined CA, OR, WA host well over 50% of US EVs. Washington is another state with over 10,000 EVs. The westcoast is very electrified when it comes to transportation, unlike the eastcoast. The CA to NJ comparison is an example of extreme differences in EV adoption nationally. Local laws… Read more »

Yeah, well. .

But seriously, being the most densely populated state, NJ should be a great place for an EV. With its ample interstates, often with full-service rest stops, providing a robust quick charging network would be relatively easy. If only there was the political will to make that happen. At least they are coming around…

The L.A. Times mentions today (8-7-14),that California has 42,545 zero emission vehicles registered in the state. This number will include a handful of FCVs.

Oops, I meant 42,545 registered in 2013. The total registered according to the LA Times from 2010 to 2013 is stated as 70,000. So the estimate of 87,000 might be correct. Do you have a source?

I don’t even want to talk about how there are no EV’s in Virginia. But the reality is Virginia is a example of a place with no incentives or tax breaks for EV’s.Along with rural distances for EV’s.

The Teslas I have noticed out number the volts, Ford C maxes and Nissan leafs two to one.

That has been my observation, as well, until this Summer – I’m seeing a lot of Volts and Leafs around, while the Model S sightings have leveled off (probably a lot to do with Tesla focusing on their export backlog).

California does not offer “up to $5,000 in tax credits per car” – at least for non-commercial vehicles. They offer rebates. The highest rebate they offer for non-commercial vehicles is $2,500.

California offer a rebate of $5,000 per FCV. BEVs have a $2,500 rebate.

I know the other 49 like to pick on us crazy Californians, but the track record of innovation and job creation coming out of this “surfing-hippie-artist-farming” state is simply amazing.

Funny how a single metro area (Atlanta) almost overtake the whole state of California (8:1) by having a simple type of incentive. $5,000 tax credit (buy or lease). Now politicians are trying to eliminate it even when who benefits more is the actual population of the city with cleaner air, less noise pollution, more money to keep and spend in the state instead of sending it elsewhere by buying gas. Do you wonder if the politicians are being greased by the oil cartel?

nah…that’s just crazy talk………


The real surprise is the low sales of EVs given the incentive. Georgia is practically giving away the cars for free (when you lease) and yet < 2% of vehicles sold are EVs.

it would be very different if the tax credits were instead applied as direct discount at time of Lease/Purchase and the payments reflected them. Then we would be taking more than a 10% uptake rate. As it is now, it requires math skills, earning levels and tax knowledge. At least Nissan does pass through 100% of the federal tax credit when you lease thus making the lease of a Leaf for people with access to charging a no brainer.