California always was the largest plug-in electric car market in the U.S. and the most recent data shows plug-ins at roughly 4.5% market share there, which matches conventional hybrids.

Plug-in car sales in California

Plug-in car sales in California

Average PHEV share in California stands at around 2%, while BEVs touch 2.5%.

Various models entered the top 5 in sales in their segment too, like the Chevrolet Bolt EV, BMW i3, Tesla Model X and Tesla Model S.

Maybe the new Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model 3 will soon join the top 5 ranks too.

If we check the California's plug-in share compared to overall plug-in electric car U.S. sales, the state contributes close to half:

2013

  • California - 42,545
  • U.S. - 97,507
  • Share - 44%
2014
  • California - 59,485
  • U.S. - 122,438
  • Share - 49%
2015
  • California - 62,217
  • U.S. - 116,099
  • Share - 54%
2016
  • California - 75,074
  • U.S. - 158,614
  • Share - 47%
2017 (nine months)
  • California - 70,033
  • U.S. - 142,226
  • Share - 49%
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Source: CNCDA