California

California leads the nation in ZEV sales thanks to its ongoing commitment to building consumer awareness and demand, providing incentives to lower the costs of ZEVs, and investing in fueling infrastructure, among other initiatives to promote broad access to ZEVs. California requires 15% of all new vehicles sales to be ZEVs by 2025. In 2018, new ZEV sales accounted for 8.5% of total state sales.

EV Sales

  • 7.9% of new EV vehicles sold YTD 2019
  • 35,561 EVs sold YTD 2019
  • 542,492 EVs sold since 2011
  • 25,650 BEV sold YTD 2019
  • 9,529 PHEV sold YTD 2019
  • 382 FCEV sold YTD 2019

Vehicle Sales in California

New EV sales in 2019 were up by 61% compared to 2018. Last year, 35,561 new EVs were sold.
To date, California's progress toward meeting the 2025 ZEV sales requirement has reached 3.6%.
7.9% of all new vehicles sold in California YTD 2019 were EV versus 2% nationwide.

Laws & Incentives

States offer a variety of incentives for zero emission vehicles, including vehicle rebates or tax credit, electric vehicle charging station incentives, workplace charging programs, special high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) or high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane access, and/or fleet purchasing requirements.

Visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) of the U.S. Department of Energy for lists of state-specific laws and incentives.


EVs are zero emission vehicles and include battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Source: IHS Automotive Vehicle Registration Data

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