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. Yet, in 2016, new ZEV sales accounted for only 3.6% of total state sales.

EV Sales

  • 8% of new ZEV vehicles sold CY 2018
  • 155,536 ZEVs sold CY 2018
  • 506,931 ZEVs sold since 2011
  • 91,535 BEV sold CY 2018
  • 62,271 PHEV sold CY 2018
  • 1,730 FCEV sold CY 2018

Vehicle Sales in California

New ZEV sales in CY 2018 were up by 70% compared to 2017. Last year, 155,536 new ZEVs were sold.
To date, California's progress toward meeting the 2025 ZEV sales requirement has reached 33.8%.
8% of all new vehicles sold in California in CY 2018 were ZEV versus 1.5% 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.


ZEVs 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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