US plug-in sales hit a record high in the first quarter, led by Tesla and California

Sales of electric vehicles have hit an all-time high both in California and nationally, according to figures released by the California Energy Commission and interpreted by electric vehicle advocacy organization Veloz last week.

And once again they were led by Tesla – by an astonishing lead, despite a series of price hikes. Californians bought more than one-sixth of Teslas sold globally (an even larger share than last quarter), and Tesla took 10.6% of California’s light-vehicle market. Or to put it another way, Tesla sold 78% of the 67,118 battery electric vehicles purchased in California in the first quarter.

Nationally, Americans purchased about 208,000 electric vehicles (including plug-in hybrids) in the first quarter of the year. California had 81,292, or about 40% of US plug-in sales.

Q1 2022 California Plugin Sales Update – Veloz

For California, that’s up 37% (and about 15,000 more vehicles) from this time last year. Veloz notes how in the Golden State this now represents more than 16% market share for electric vehicles, including PHEVs. That’s essentially a doubling of the plug-in market share there since the same quarter of 2020.

According to Veloz, which keeps a tally of electric vehicle sales since late 2010 and the arrival of the Nissan Leaf, that now represents 2.64 million cumulative national sales and nearly 1.14 million cumulative California sales.

In California, the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y led sales, at 24,375 and 23,117 respectively.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022

The Model S was third, at 3,557, while the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ford Mustang Mach-E were fourth and fifth, at 1,959 and 1,664 for the quarter in the state. The Toyota Prius Prime, Tesla Model X, Jeep Wrangler 4xe, Nissan Leaf and Volvo XC90 Recharge round out the top 10 plug-in sellers in California.

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