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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