18.8% of all new cars sold last year in California were ZEVs, according to the California Energy Commission. ZEV sales are up 38% from 2021 and 138% from 2020. According to KBB show, the latest estimates of ZEV sales were 5.8% of all U.S. car sales in 2022.
Woman using a smartphone near a baby stroller, browsing California ZEV Vehicle Sales 2022.

The latest EV data from California shows the state’s transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and ZEV market dominance is accelerating — 18.8% of all new cars sold last year in California were ZEVs, and 40% of ZEVs sold in the U.S. are sold in California.

 

“California continues to lead the zero-emission vehicle revolution with groundbreaking policies and investments that drive innovation, create good jobs and expand ZEV access and affordability across the state,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “Keeping our focus on the communities that are most impacted by the intensifying climate crisis, we’ll keep pushing ahead to make our clean transportation future a reality in California.”

 

  • 18.8% of all new cars sold last year in California were ZEVs, according to the California Energy Commission.
    • ZEV sales are up 38% from 2021 and 138% from 2020.
    • According to KBB show, the latest estimates of ZEV sales were 5.8% of all U.S. car sales in 2022.
  • 345,818 ZEV sales in California in 2022.
  • 1,399,913 cumulative ZEV sales in California.
  • 40% of ZEVs sold in the U.S. are sold in California, based on estimates from Veloz.
  • 80,027 shared electric vehicle chargers installed in California (both public and shared private). – Dep’t of Energy Ca.
Infographic showing the distribution of electric vehicle chargers in California by county and type, totaling 80,027 chargers, with a map and a bar chart for a detailed breakdown alongside California ZEV

State Actions to Support the ZEV Market

In December 2022, the California Energy Commission approved a $2.9 billion investment plan that revs up California’s 2025 electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling goals. Additionally, in November, the California Air Resources Board approved a $2.6 billion investment plan to support a wide range of ZEV projects, with 70% of the funds directed to disadvantaged and low-income communities. 

The investments mark California’s largest-ever investment in the equitable development of clean transportation. In addition, California expects to receive $384 million of federal funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (Inflation Reduction Act of 2022) to install charging stations throughout the state.

 

The state’s successful track record for state programs has led to ZEVs emerging as a top export and spurred significant job creation. As a result, California is now home to 55 ZEV and ZEV-related manufacturers and leads the nation in ZEV manufacturing jobs.

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