California leads national ZEV market, surpassing one million EVs sold

New Data Shows California’s ZEV Market Leads the Nation in All Categories, Including Support for Low-Income EV Consumers

The one million EVs sold in California exceeds the total sales in the next 10 states combined, and that’s seven times as many as the closest state.

Governor Newsom proposes historic $10 billion ZEV package to expand access and affordability, support infrastructure construction

SACRAMENTO — As California’s booming market for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) continues to dominate the country, Governor Gavin Newsom has lifted the state to more than one million plug-in electric cars, vans, SUVs and motorcycles sold in California, more than the total sales in the next 10 states combined. New data also shows that California, with just 10% of the country’s cars, now accounts for more than 40% of all zero-emission cars in the country.

The Governor traveled to Stockton this week to visit Michael Macias, the owner of the one millionth electric vehicle sold in California. Macias, a Central Valley native, received several rebates and tax credits on his purchase of a new Volkswagen ID.4. Watch the Governor’s conversation with Michael here.

“This milestone demonstrates the success of California’s leading-edge policies and investments to support our bold ZEV goals while lowering costs for all,” Governor Newsom said. “Creating a clean transport future is the most effective action we can take to combat climate change. We will continue to use our market dominance and historic investments to accelerate ZEV’s transition globally while expanding access and affordability across the state, especially in underserved neighborhoods.

Supporting a critical part of California’s climate action, the governor has advanced bold investments and policies to move forward with the state’s ZEV goals, including $6.1 billion in additional funding proposed by the California Blueprint to create a total ZEV package of $10 billion. This historic investment will help make ZEVs more affordable and convenient for all Californians. The state has also put in place targeted policies to help more middle- and low-income consumers purchase these ultra-clean vehicles. To date, more than 30,000 low-income consumers have been helped through the Clean Vehicle Rebate Scheme, which will now only apply to affordable electric vehicles.

“Investing in a ZEV was the perfect opportunity to practice my principles of being a good steward of the land,” Macias said. “The rebates available in California are a big help for middle-class and low-income people who feel overpriced, and help ensure communities hardest hit by pollution and climate change have the opportunity to benefit from ZEVs.”

Over the past 10 years, annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles in California have grown from just 7,000 in 2011 to over a quarter of a million sold in 2021, representing more than 12% of all light-duty vehicle sales. Last year. . California also leads the nation in all other zero-emission vehicle metrics, including the highest level of public funding, the largest percentage of electric vehicle market share, and the most extensive public charging infrastructure. . The success of state programs has allowed ZEVs to become a major export commodity and has spurred major advances in manufacturing and job creation.

Click here to learn more about clean vehicle rebates and other incentives available in California.

See below for an infographic on the state’s national ZEV market.


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