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EVs close to a fifth of California gross sales: Is Tesla’s lead shrinking?

California EV gross sales elevated once more in 2022, with Tesla as soon as once more taking the lead. However may different automakers’ expanded EV gross sales threaten Tesla’s top-dog standing?

Firstly, 2022 was one other good yr for zero-emission car (ZEV) gross sales in California. This week, the California Power Fee (CEC) reported 345,818 new light-duty ZEV gross sales for the yr, together with 292,496 battery-electric automobiles, 50,748 plug-in hybrids, and a couple of,574 fuel-cell automobiles.

The EV complete represents 16% of 2022 California new-vehicle gross sales, persevering with the momentum from mid-2022, when EVs cracked 15% of the car market in California for the primary time.

2023 Tesla Model Y - Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

2023 Tesla Mannequin Y – Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

Tesla offered 212,586 automobiles in California in 2022, representing 73% of the EV complete for the yr. The automaker’s lineup additionally locked out the highest slots. The Mannequin 3 was the bestselling EV in California in 2022 with 94,683 gross sales, adopted by the Mannequin Y (93,872), Mannequin X (13,319) and Mannequin S (10,712).

After Tesla, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV mixed are a distant second, then the Mustang Mach-E, then Hyundai Ioniq 5. However every of these fashions have been lower than 10,000 gross sales for the yr—even decrease than the Mannequin X or Mannequin S individually. Ford additionally delivered simply 2,233 F-150 Lightning pickups in California final yr, regardless of obvious enthusiasm for that mannequin.

But Tesla’s 2022 California gross sales figures additionally trace at a decline towards the top of the yr. The automaker had 78% of the California EV market in Q1 2022, however 73% for the yr general. However taking a look at 2021 outcomes from the identical interface, no, it does not seem that Tesla’s lead is shrinking fairly but, and we’re nonetheless ready for a single automaker to scale up in the identical approach.

2023 Tesla Model X - Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

2023 Tesla Mannequin X – Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

Different automakers might want to considerably ramp up their efforts to satisfy California’s formidable targets. The state nonetheless plans to put an finish to new internal-combustion car gross sales by 2035—in case you do not take into account plug-in hybrids.

Even with that coverage in place, it is going to take a very long time for the fleet to show over. EVs at present make up simply 1.7% of the light-duty car inhabitants in California, in response to the CEC. So gasoline and diesel automobiles will probably stay on the street lengthy after the cutoff date for new-vehicle gross sales.

Rafael Gomes de Azevedo
Rafael Gomes de Azevedo
He started his career as a columnist, contributing to the staff of a local blog. His articles with amusing views on everyday situations in the news soon became one of the main features of the current editions of the blog. For the divergences of thought about which direction the blog would follow. He left and founded three other great journalistic blogs,, and With a certain passion for writing, holder of a versatile talent, in addition to coordinating, directing, he writes fantastic scripts quickly, he likes to say that he writes for a select group of enthusiasts in love with serious and true writing.


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