Cumulative Plug-In Electric Car Sales Nearing 400,000 in California

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APR 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 5

More than 800,000 plug-in electric cars were sold in the U.S. during the last nine years – almost half of that falls on California, which aims for 1.5 million by 2025.

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California plug-in electric car sales are nearing the level of 400,000 units, which is expected to be reached this April.

The most recent graphic from Veloz shows 388,815 sales through the end of March (with 12,631 in March alone).

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California is leading the U.S. in plug-in car sales because it’s the largest car market in the country, with high wealth, incentives and lots of available models to choose from.

See Also – Chevy Bolt Was #1 Selling Electric Car In California In 2017, Beating Tesla Model S

Electric cars in California have access to nearly 15,000 charging places too.

Plug-in electric car sales in U.S. and California (source: Veloz)

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So now we are at 0.8 million out of 120 million vehicles on the road.

Long road to climb, but the journey has begun

Or maybe the number is 180 million LDVs, either way, the number is > 100 million.

Keep in mind that some of the plugins sold in CA have left the state and even the country to fill gaps where fewer models and incentives are available, or where people would rather buy used cars.

Per the San Diego Tribune:

“For the third straight year, sales for new cars and trucks in California exceeded 2 million and the forecast for 2018 anticipates the number to top 2 million again — but just barely, as the rate of growth is slowing.

New vehicle registrations reached 2.047 million units in 2017, down from 2.088 million in 2015, which was one of the strongest years ever recorded by the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA), which releases sales figures each quarter.”

Using IEV’s total 2017 US annual plug-in sales of 200,000 and assume CA is 50%, that means that 2017 CA EV sales were 100,000, or 5% of all vehicle sales.

CA Is projected to have 2 million total vehicle sales again in 2018. If US total PHEV/BEV sales hit 300,000 (very possible based on current trends), then CA’s total plug-in sales will likely go up to 150,000 – 7.5% of total sales.

What is hot in California now usually will be hot in the rest of the US within 5 years. Plug-ins time has come.

True; however, if you look at the used market, a lot of them are imported to CA from other states looking for a larger market to sell to. So it is hard to tell in which direction that flow is larger.