Electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles accounted for 18.8 percent of all new car sales in California last year, according to data shared by the state Energy Commission (CEC).
And in 2022, Californians bought 345,818 zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), up 38 percent from last year and a jump of 138 percent from 2020. In what should come as no surprise, Tesla cars made up the most people in the ZEVs California bought last year. About two-thirds of the 345,000 ZEVs sold in the state in 2022 were made by the automaker, according to AFP.
And with electric and other zero-emissions vehicles making up nearly a fifth of new car sales in California, the state still has some work to do on the adoption front, and in Norway, for example, electric cars accounted for 65 percent of new car sales. in 2021 and 79.3 percent in 2022.
However, the country’s largest auto market has done some heavy lifting compared to the rest of the United States. CEC says that 40 percent of all ZEVs sold in the US were sold in California. It’s also worth taking the time to point out the size of California’s auto market.
And when electric vehicles made up 65 percent of new car sales in Norway, state dealers sold 113,715 EVs. That’s about a third of the number of zero-emission vehicles sold in California last year.
In any case, electric vehicle adoption in California is likely to increase exponentially over the next few years, and before the state’s 2035 ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars, the CEC announced last month that it would spend about $2.6 billion to build 90,000 devices. New charging across the state, and the California Air Resources Board has allocated another $2.6 billion to incentivize consumers and businesses to switch to electric vehicles.