To Date, California Has Accounted For 40% Of Nation’s EV sales


The California Air Resources Board boasts that its California Climate Investments into zero-emission vehicles have now reached a level of $599 million since 2013.

The Tesla Fremont Factory

The rebates have resulted in state-supported purchases of hundreds of thousands of ultra-clean vehicles, and entire fleets of zero-emission trucks and buses on California roads and highways.

$599 million in cap-and-trade funds includes electric cars, trucks, school buses; 65% of funding in and for disadvantaged communities

According to CARB, with the assistance of zero-emission regulations and incentives, some 283,000 zero-emission and plug-in vehicles have been sold, which is more than 40% of national fleet, despite the state only accounting for ten percent of the nation’s population.

Across the years, California has also managed to attract some electric vehicle manufacturers like Tesla, BYD and recently also Proterra to name just a few.

“Today the California Air Resources Board announced that California Climate Investments in zero-emission vehicles have reached $599 million since 2013, putting hundreds of thousands of ultra-clean cars, and entire fleets of zero-emission trucks and buses on California roads and highways. The announcement was made at the annual Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach.

“Investing in zero-emission cars, trucks and buses is a smart and effective use of cap-and-trade proceeds,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “It generates thousands of clean-tech jobs in California, helps bring these ultra-clean vehicles to market sooner, and places them in the communities that have the greatest need of clean air.”

The funding is from California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.

BYD’s Lancaster, California Bus Factory

Since the transportation sector overall is by far the largest contributor to the state’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions, a major focus of the climate investment program has been supporting the development and deployment of next-generation zero-emission trucks, cars and buses.

The investments support a wide range of next-generation vehicles, including electric school buses in Sacramento, electric yard trucks in Fontana, hydrogen-powered buses in the Coachella Valley, and a fleet of electric delivery trucks for Goodwill Industries in the Bay Area. More than 65 percent of the investments are for projects or vehicles that are in, or benefit, disadvantaged communities.

One major focus of these investments is to accelerate the market for the next generation of clean, heavy-duty trucks and buses, both those that run on electricity and on hydrogen. Several are demonstration projects, such as putting newly built zero-emission trucks to work side-by-side with existing diesel trucks in rail yards or distribution centers to fully determine their benefits and capabilities in those demanding work environments.

In many cases, it is estimated that the overall operating costs of the zero-emission trucks and buses will be less than fossil-fuel powered trucks over the life of the vehicle because of lower fuel and maintenance costs. The California Climate Investments are designed to help drive down the upfront purchase price of the cleaner zero-emission trucks, and as their numbers increase, that cost will drop even further due to economies of scale.”

“The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.  California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more.  At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities.”

$599 Million Cap-and-Trade Investments in California’s Zero-Emission Transportation Future

115,000 Light-duty ZEVs and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles)
Full battery electric cars – 71,000
Plug-in hybrid cars – 43,000
Hydrogen fuel cell cars – 1,000

46 class 7+8 heavy duty zero-emission trucks

950 delivery, utility and refuse trucks
Utility Trucks – 107
Hybrid Delivery and Refuse Trucks– 732
Battery electric delivery trucks – 111

407 zero-emission transit buses, shuttles and light rail cars
Transit Buses – 309
Shuttle Buses – 68
Light Rail – 30

29 electric school buses

46 zero-emission yard trucks, fork lifts, cargo-handling equipment

CARB: $599 million in cap-and-trade funds includes electric cars, trucks, school buses; 65% of funding in and for disadvantaged communities

source: CARB

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6 responses to "To Date, California Has Accounted For 40% Of Nation’s EV sales"
  1. Longvsshort says:

    For *12* percent of the nations population.
    The 40% number is bound to go down and steadily approach 12%, which is a good thing. A nationwide roll-out, starting from CA/OR will mean more from a sales increase perspective.

    1. Gasbag says:

      12% of the US population but last I checked we only bought 11% of the nation’s new cars so I t think that 11% is what you would be projecting to.

      Still I’m surprised that it is only 40%. Last year during most moths CA had 45-50% of national sales and occasionally more than 50%. Gas2’s Steve Hanley has an article saying CA 2017 Q1 sales are up 91% (13,804 BEVs, 10,466 PHEVs.) IEV has US Q1 sales at 41,543 which would mean CA had over 58% of US sales for Q1 2017. Neither of those totals includes FCEVs which would push CA closer to 60%.

      Anyone with IEV care to comment on whether or not your numbers are consistent with Hanley’s?

      Initial TM3 sales will be CA centric. If Tesla can get close to the production numbers they are talking about that could briefly push CA’s percentage over 2/3rds of US sales.

      Question for Jay/IEV which may have already been addressed; Why are FCEVs not considered EVs? When we start seeing plugin FCEVs will you count them as PHEVs or not? Many thanks for dutifully compiling the monthly report cards.

    2. George Rocchio says:

      Since this program has been in effect for 4+\- years now and since some 283,000 clean air vehicles have been put on the road has there been any way to determine the effect, so far, that this has had on air quality; or is it still to soon/to little to tell?

  2. Scott Franco says:

    Errrrr, yea baby!

    That does not prove it is because of the subsides. I am proof of that, I maxed out my California subsidy account, and bought another and will buy yet another (M3). California is just more ready for this kind of thing, more understanding and enthusiasm for EVs and the technology.

  3. Steven says:

    Well, no duh.

    Seeing as some manufacturers aren’t selling their BEV models outside of a few states.

    I was recently at two local dealerships, a Hyundai and a Kia…

    I asked about the IONIQ EV, they told me they’ll eventually stock the two hybrids, but the EV will be special order only. Not available even to test drive or to have one on the showroom floor.

    The Kia dealership told me they do not expect to ever have Soul EV. Ever.

    I wasn’t planning on going to Nissan, but before this year, I haven’t seen a Leaf in PA before this year.

    So, like I said before, until they’re here, to me they’re vaporware.

  4. Four Electrics says:

    Thank you, CARB, China, and Europe, for sparking the ZEV revolution.