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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.

  • 4.60% of new ZEV vehicles sold YTD 2017
  • 996,404 total new vehicle sales YTD 2017
  • 46,167 ZEVs sold YTD 2017
  • 301,155 ZEVs sold since 2011
  • 24,547 BEV sold YTD 2017
  • 20,879 PHEV sold YTD 2017
  • 714 FCEV sold YTD 2017
  • ZEV State

California ZEV Progress Toward 2025

Between model years 2018 and 2025, the ZEV sales mandate will cumulatively require auto manufacturers to sell 1,500,000 in California, regardless of market conditions, infrastructure availability, technology advances, or comparable greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from internal combustion engine vehicles. To date, California's progress toward meeting the 2025 requirement has reached 20%.

New ZEV Sales Volume

New ZEV sales in 2016 were up by 29% compared to 2015. So far this year, 46167 new ZEVs have been sold.

Market Share

4.60% of all new vehicles sold in California YTD 2017 were ZEV versus 1.10% 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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