Sales of EVs Hit 150,000 In California, Almost 1 Of Every 6 Sold Worldwide

SEP 20 2015 BY MARK KANE 12

NRG eVgo charging station

EVs at NRG eVgo charging station

California PEV sales figures reached 150,000 (source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative)

California PEV sales figures reached 150,000 (source: California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative)

With over 4,000 plug-in electric cars sold last month, California reached milestone of 150,000 EVs according to California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative.

This is no less than 15% of all plug-in cars in the world, or about 1 out of every 6 sold all-time have come from the state!


150,000 plug-in electric cars in California


California holds also over 42% of all plug-ins in the US (357,470).

If we do the math, 49 other states all together stand at 207,327.

200,000 mark in California should fall before the end of 2016.

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The article has a math error:

“California holds also over 42% of all plug-ins in the US (357,470).

“If we do the math, 49 other states all together stand at 207,327.”

If we do the math, 49 other States (and various territories) all together stand at ~493,649… altho since California is said to have “over” 42%, the actual sum for the other States should be slightly less.

357,470 * .42 = 150,137.4

How is it wrong saying the rest of the country is at the 207k mark exactly?

Oops… I read that wrong. I see now that 357,470 is the number of EVs registered nationally… not just in California.

[Miss Emily Litella voice:] Nevermind!

Or maybe that’s cumulative sales since 2010, not the number currently registered. Hard to tell with such sketchy info given.

Does this include NEVs (golf carts)?

scott franco, the evil, greedy republican

Now if you REALLY want an interesting figure, find out how much of that is Bay Area. Hint: its probably half that (of California).

This is one case where the old saw: “As goes California, so goes the nation,” would be welcome.

A PHEV is not an electric car.

What does the “EV” stands for in the “PHEV” term?

Awesome news for the plug in market… now we just need to keep the public charger pressure on to make them even easier to drive in the next few years as the sales continue to improve.

The HOV stickers really help boost EV sales in CA given the horrible traffic in SF Bay, LA, SD, and Sacramento. Quite literally, when I look out the window of my hotel here in the south bay I see a freeway where the HOV lane is at least 1/3 EVs with the stickers – mostly LEAFs.

And I’m sure the $2500 credit helps a lot, too.

But the other factor has to be the wide variety of EV choices here that are denied to most other states.

Agreed, I know several people who bought EVs mainly to get the HOV stickers and secondarily to drive cheaper.