Fremont, California Now Home to Over 1,000 Electric Vehicles


Fremont, California, home of Tesla Motors, now has over 1,000 electric vehicles registered city wide.

Rebates Issues by Year in fremont

Rebates Issued by Year in Fremont

According to the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), nearly 30% of the EVs registered in Alameda County, California are located in Fremont.

As the graph on the right shows, EV popularity skyrocketed last year.  In 197 CVRP rebates were handed out in Fremont.  That number jumped to 643 in 2013.

As The Fremont Patch reports:

“From 2012 to 2013, the percentage of rebates jumped to over 300 percent in the city from 197 rebates in 2012 to 643 rebates given in 2013. To date, the total value of rebates for Fremont EV owners is $2,295,320 for 1,010 electric vehicles equaling $2,273 for the average rebate.”

The full rebate amount of $2,500 is issued to passenger (highway-legal) BEVs, so since the average rebate was $2,273, then most of those 1,010 vehicles were BEVs.  Lesser rebates of $1,500 are given out for PHEVs and even lower amounts for electric motorcycles.

Source: Fremont Patch

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12 Comments on "Fremont, California Now Home to Over 1,000 Electric Vehicles"

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MTN Ranger

I wonder how many owners charge up at headquarters once/twice a week for their weekly driving.

Ocean Railroader

I think what is going on here is the EV’s have reached a common mass to where everyone sees them driving on the local roads every day. And now that they have reached a common mass the EV’s are going to start pulling in tons of new drivers much in the same way as the Prius did between 2002-2008.

Brian Henderson

Fremont, CA home to Tesla Motors … where the goal is to build 1000 Model S per week in 2014. Not surprised that a few Tesla models and other EVs have found homes close to the mothership. After all, Fremont, CA also has the Supercharger that delivers the most juice per month of any supercharger in the world.

Just wait til Tesla owners hold an annual meetup … over a 1000 Tesla Model S’s in Fremont, CA.

BTW: The Fremont Patch article noted the $2500 rebate had only 20% funds remaining … the funding pool is now down to ~10% remaining: March will be a very good month for any (Fremont) CA residents to buy an EV and save a few dollars. 😉

Mike I

I’ve downloaded the raw CVRP data which contains the date, amount and Zip code of every rebate ever issued in the CVRP program. An earlier story by Edmunds listed the Model S as the most registered car model in many wealthy zip codes. Just for fun, I queried the CVRP data for the cumulative number of rebates issued in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, CA (94022, 94024), one of the more expensive areas in Silicon Valley. There were 399 ZEV rebates and 122 PHEV rebates through 2/23/2014. According to 2010 Census figures, those two zip codes contain 15,657 “Housing Units”, whatever that means. I will equate that to Households. That means that 3.33% of households have received a rebate for a ZEV or PHEV. That seems pretty high to me since it doesn’t capture all the vehicle registrations, only the rebates.

Brian Henderson

CA regsteration data for 2013 shows over 42,000 PEV’s making up 2.5% of ~1,711,000 vehicles registered in 2013. The percent of EVs is higher if considering just the ~1,063,000 registered cars (as few EV trucks):

In context 3.33% doesn’t seem that high. Oregon, Hawaii, and Washington have similar, (or higher) EV market percentages.


According to US Census figures from 2012, there are over 13,700,000 housing units in California. Using this number with your sales figure suggests that on average only 12.4% of households bought a car in 2013 and that does not account for “company cars” that are additional to personal vehicles and may be included in your sales statistics. A more relevant comparison to mine would be the total CA sales of PEVs since the start of 2010 divided by the 13.7M housing units in CA.

Let’s go at this another way and make a guess based on your CA 2013 PEV sales estimate as a percentage of the total on the Inside EVs Scorecard. 42,000/95,842 = 43.8% of all PEV sold in US in 2013 were registered in CA. Total PEV Sales on Scorecard 2010 thru 2/2014 is 177,238. Times 43.8% = 77,630 cumulative PEV sales in CA. Spreading those across 13.7M households gives 0.57% household penetration. Los Altos appears to be nearly 6 times the CA average household penetration.

My point is that your PEV sell rate is in no way comparable to total household penetration, much less market penetration of total active registered vehicles.


What do Tesla employees drive to work?
Does Elon encourage employees that own non-Tesla EVs to plug in at work?


It always got to me that 98% of the people selling cars at a particular dealership
couldn’t afford to drive what they sell. Sure, the two best salespersons used to
get a demonstrator model, but it just seemed weird seeing the guy who told people
all day long their lives would be better if they drove a new Volvo driving around
in a Focus with Bondo on the fender!

Tesla doesn’t have traditional dealerships with all the sales staff’s beaters parked
out back, but still – to say, “I love my Tesla!”, or, “Best car I’ve ever owned!” speaks
louder than: “Boy, I sure wish I could afford one!”.

It would be great to see factory workers drive what they build. Many times ( most
times ) that is not the case. When Model E arrives – it would be fantastic to see
an employee parking lot full of them. At that pricepoint – could we finally see
salespeople in the cars they themselves sell?


I drive a Nissan Leaf in Fremont, and am astounded daily as the numbers here seem to increase. And half I see everyday seem to be brand new cars driving on their temporary registrations, so the numbers are growing quickly. I think the number of BEVs in Fremont is actually considerably higher, because the CA credit only applies if you own/lease the car for at least 3 years. Nissan has been leasing most of their Leaf cars (80% – 90%) on a 2-yr lease, making them ineligible for this credit, so I guess that most Nissan Leafs (the most common EV I see around) are not counted in these numbers.


Where do you get that number? Outside CA, I would believe the high percentage of 2 year leases, but I would think that the CA rebate would really encourage more 3 year leases.


When I leased my Leaf, the 3-year lease monthly payment was considerably higher (1.4x more) than the 2-year. I did the math, and it didn’t make sense to me to pay extra every month for 3 years just so I can get something back from the California government. Not sure if this is still the case, but Nissan seems to be encouraging the shorter leases. All the dealer advertisements list only the 2-year lease prices.

Mike Suding

I’m surprised to hear about the 2 year lease on the LEAF. I didn’t see any of those.
I leased a 2014 LEAF last month for 3 years at $220/month plus $2,000 down. It would have been $200/month but that’s only on the 2013 models and they didn’t have any more of the blue color my wife really wanted. I justified the $20 more because it has the “charge package” (faster 6kW vs 3kW charger and Quick Charge).