California Plug-In Electric Car Registrations For 2014


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

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

Courtesy of Hybrid Cars, we present plug-in electric car registration figures for California in 2014.

The data reveals all sorts of interesting intel, including this, via Hybrid Cars’ Jeff Cobb:

“If California were its own country it would be the second-largest consumer of PEVs in 2014, second only to the country that it is largely helping to prop up.”

Here are the sales numbers for California in 2014:

  • 29,935 plug-in hybrids
  • 29,536 battery electric cars
  • 59,471 total

That total would put California behind only the U.S. in terms of 2014 plug-in electric car registrations.  California managed to squeak ahead of China (53,082 plug-in electric cars registered in 2014) and blow by Japan (30,390).

Here’s some additional info from the source article:

“Since reports in August 2014 of California contributing 40 percent of the volume of all PEVs bought in the U.S. since 2010, the state increased to 45.1 percent by year’s end with 129,470 total units out of 286,842 PEVs sold in America since 2010.”

California is cruising, but Tesla is not seeing this growth in its home state:

“Looking just at Tesla’s home turf and arguable bastion, it also did better in 2013 with 8,347 registrations in 2013 versus 6,110 in 2014 – a 26.8 percent decline.”

Finally, in terms of plug-in electric car market share, California was at 3.6 percent in 2014, well above the U.S.’ 0.76 percent.

Source: Hybrid Cars

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15 Comments on "California Plug-In Electric Car Registrations For 2014"

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Wow, it is amazing how the split between PHEVs and BEVs is nearly exactly 50/50. I always felt that the drivetrain choice was heavily dependent upon your particular driving needs and thus there was a market for both drivetrains. But I didn’t think that it would be split 50/50.

I thought PHEVs would be popular. Then again, perhaps they would be if not for the CARB rules which kinda tilt things a bit more toward ZEVs like BEVs.

Damn you beat me to the draw.

Slow day at the law office?? 🙂

In WA state it is 70% BEV’s vs 30%PHEV/EREV’s. Look for an article on WA soon, I sent Jay some info.

That is actually bad for BEVs.

B/c incentives for BEVs are far higher than PHEV in the state of CA.

You get more money for buying BEVs and unlimited HOV access where PHEVs access are running out. In certain regions of the CA, the difference between a 3 years leasing of the car is up to $4000.

If the extra $4000 for 3 year lease and unlimited HOV access can’t make BEV win, combined with the most choices, then what can?

As batteries continue to improve and come down in cost, faster charge times and longer ranges will increase the appeal of BEVs. PHEVs are an interim compromise, which will have a lot of market appeal only so long as batteries still aren’t good enough to compete.

I question that we’ll ever completely eliminate the market for PHEVs, but after the EV revolution progresses to the point that most new cars sold are plug-in EVs, I expect the market share for PHEVs to shrink to a small niche, while the BEV segment will continue to grow.

They have good taste.
Most of the plug in hybrids were Volts 🙂

“the state increased to 45.1 percent by year’s end with 129,470 total units out of 286,842 PEVs sold in America”

So the next time someone calls an EV a ‘coal car’, you can tell them that nearly half of them sell in California which uses almost no coal at all in its electricity mix. (PG&E uses less than 2% coal.) And California has one of the highest renewable electricity percentages in the USA. (And nearly 1/3 of EV buyers also get solar PV system.)


I just put that in an LTE that I wrote on that ‘coal car’ analysis published in PNAS a few months ago. Actually I used 40%, will correct to 45% 🙂

Interesting article… I had been wondering about the plug-in share of total vehicles. 3.6% sounds pretty good to me at this stage of the game.

Interestingly, that’s somewhere around the market percentage (for the global developed-world market) that I expect will be the tipping point for carmakers in terms of taking EVs seriously enough to make large production investments.

I guess a state has the desire and initiates compelling initiatives, results will follow.

Tesla sales…

Are there increasing supply accordingly to rising demand???

2014 seen new markets, but did manufacturing capacity increased too? Unless that happen, Tesla need to cannibalize sales in some of their current markets to be able to expand into new markets.

And I think that is just what they do. They are in their own league NOW. It will change, so imprinting that “the best” impressions on the buyers right now is best best Tesla can do.

Which mean less cars for markets where they have strong recognition.

Now, how do I increase my paygrade enough to buy one… 😉

Great read, Eric! For the green HOV sticker prognostication, we assumed 50% PHEV uptake by the State of California. Pretty close, as it turns out, since your source sees this metric at 45%.

Another useful page is the California Rebate Stats at

The 500e numbers at that site are significantly higher than those captured at (~7K rebates vs ~4.2K cars in scoreboard).

Thanks to Dane Collins in our 500e G+ community for pointing this out.

We have noticed since we started using Baum and Associate data for the Fiat 500e (Fiat refuses to disclose) that their numbers have been pretty light (been using them a little over a year).

Starting now we are going back to our own estimates using data points from CA and OR directly, which were a lot closer to reality (~10%).

Thanks for the heads-up on this as well…we just want to get it right in the end, (=

Thanks, Jay!