The Golden State has long been the heart and soul of the green car movement thanks to laws requiring a certain number of zero-emissions vehicles be built every year. Thanks to these efforts and green-minded, forward-thinking citizens, California has put 100,000 plug-in cars on its roads.
Nationwide, California represents about 40% of total plug-in car sales, which includes not only pure electric cars like the Nissan LEAF, but also plug-in hybrids such as the Chevy Volt and Prius Plug-in. The state offers plug-in car buyers a $2,500 rebate on top of the $7,500 Federal rebate, as well as access to the less-congested HOV lanes. The rebate and HOV lane access are some of the top reasons people have bought plug-in cars in California, and the program could be expanded to better help low-income residents.
According to Green Car Reports, the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative claims that 100,000 plug-in vehicles have been sold and registered in the Golden State. Exact numbers can be hard to pin down, as new plug-in cars are introduced with regular frequency now and Tesla Motors doesn’t specify sales numbers except in quarterly reports.
In fact, California is pretty much the only state where you can buy all of the plug-in cars for sale in the United States. Only the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, and Chevy Volt are available nationwide. For many companies this makes the California plug-in car market all the more important, as future product planning will rely on how California’s react to certain vehicles.
California has led the way in many initiatives that eventually went nationwide, and while it’s taken four years to reach the 100,000 plug-in car mark, sales of pure-electric cars in particular are gaining momentum.
How much better would EV sales be doing if California didn’t have to do all the heavy lifting alone?