California Electric Vehicle Sales Zip Past 100,000


California Zips Past 100,000 Plug-In Vehicles Sold

California Zips Past 100,000 Plug-In Vehicles Sold

Occurring a couple of months ago, but not mentioned until now, California has become the first U.S. state to exceed 100,000 cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles.

The often vocal Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, commented:

“We’ve clearly gotten beyond the point where this is just a boutique item for enthusiasts.”

The sales data comes via Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, a public-private partnership that promotes electric transportation.

The California sales numbers break down likes this (excluding 2010 and 2011):


  • 6,197 BEVs sold in California
  • 14,701 PHEVs sold in California


  • 21,963 BEVs sold in California
  • 20,235 PHEVs sold in California

2014 (through end of August)

  • 15,251 BEVs sold in California
  • 16,239 PHEVs sold in California

Approximately 40% of all plug-in vehicles sold in the U.S were in California.

100,000 And Counting

100,000 And Counting

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Mike Tinskey, director of sustainable business strategies for Ford:

“We’re seeing customers come in to our dealers with some knowledge about hybrids, but they leave with a plug-in hybrid.”

Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board:

“The car companies have done their bit by building some wonderful, fast, sporty, attractive vehicles.  Consumers need to see them out on the road to understand the potential. This 100,000 mark is important because it means there’s enough of these cars on the road, in the parking lots, for people to see.”

Brendan Jones, director of electric vehicle sales at Nissan:

California was the site of the world’s first LEAF delivery and has been the leading state for our 60,000 U.S LEAF sales.”

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If you want a fuel efficient car, you are crazy if you don’t strongly consider a plug-in. The conventional hybrids are great but why not pay a little more and get a big hedge on gasoline prices with a plug-in.

I’m don’t live in CA, but I was born there – I figure that’s why I’m an EV fan and owner, among other mostly positive traits (humility not being one of them 😉 ).

With ~50,000 BEVs of the 102,000 PEVs in California; you’d think there’d be more than 280 CHAdeMO Quick Chargers by now. (85 CHAdeMO in northern-CA, and 95 in southern-CA). While better than the ~170 DCFC six months ago, the pace of infrastructure is not keeping up to growth in number of consumers driving BEVs.

BEVs have a need for DCFC for “enroute charging” that PHEV (and EREVs) weren’t designed to use. Since PHEV have an alternative energy source when infrastructure is lacking they tend to focus on just “destination charging”.

Now the BEV sales are greater than PHEV sales on a monthly basis, the need for DCFC infrastructure will face even more demand. Currently BEVs account for ~103,000 of the 250,000 PEVs in the US. Next year (2015) the number of PEVs in California will pass 200,000. Will California’s EVSE infrastructure keep pace doubling to 560 DCFC stations?

PS: Tesla has 16 Supercharger stations (~100 DC outlets/stalls) … with a much better ratio of BEVs to charging stalls (not including that Model S’s can use a CHAdeMO adaptor).