In 2023, California led the way in battery-electric vehicle (BEV) sales, accounting for over a third of all BEV sales nationwide. This statistic, highlighted in a recent report by the California New Car Dealers Association, based on Experian data, underscores the state's pivotal role in the growing shift towards electric vehicles. The report also revealed that while BEVs constituted 33.8 percent of U.S. sales, California boasted a remarkable 21.4 percent market share for BEVs.
The automotive landscape in California showcased a decline in internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales, decreasing by 7.7 percent from the previous year and constituting 63.9 percent of new vehicle sales in the state. Toyota and Tesla emerged as the frontrunners in the market, claiming the top two spots in overall market share at 15.7 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Notably, Tesla stood out as the sole BEV-exclusive manufacturer within the top 15 selling brands in California.
In summary, California's robust contribution to BEV adoption, coupled with a decline in ICE vehicle sales, underscores the state's pivotal role in shaping the future of the automotive industry, especially with the impending ban on new gas cars set for 2035.
The Vehicle Powertrain Dashboard in the report provides further insights into California's electric vehicle landscape. In 2023, the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) sector in the state demonstrated remarkable growth, experiencing a substantial 46.1 percent increase from the previous year. The total number of registered BEVs reached an impressive 380,891, showcasing the accelerating shift towards electric mobility.
Tesla continued to assert its dominance in the BEV segment, securing 230,588 registrations and achieving a noteworthy 24.6 percent year-over-year increase. This translated to a commanding BEV market share of 60.5 percent for Tesla within California.
Notably, Tesla's Model Y and Model 3 claimed the top two positions in the list of best-selling BEVs and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). Following closely were the Chevy Bolt BEV, Jeep Wrangler PHEV, and Volkswagen ID.4 BEV, occupying the third, fourth, and fifth spots, respectively. The detailed breakdown of the top 15 selling BEVs and PHEVs in California is available below.
This data underscores not only the surge in BEV adoption but also Tesla's sustained leadership in the evolving electric vehicle landscape of California.
While the adoption of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) in the United States lags behind California, a September report suggests that the national pace of BEV adoption is poised to mirror the state's trajectory in the forthcoming years. Nevertheless, the automotive industry has voiced apprehensions regarding a slowdown in BEV demand, particularly in recent months. This slowdown is attributed to consumer anticipation for more affordable models expected to hit the market in 2025 and beyond.
The surge in BEV sales aligns with regulatory measures, including California and other states implementing a sales ban on new gasoline cars commencing in 2035. California, in particular, has set ambitious targets, aiming for a 35 percent BEV market share by 2026 and an even more substantial 68 percent by 2030. These initiatives underscore the ongoing transition toward electric vehicles as a pivotal element in the broader strategy to reduce emissions and promote sustainable transportation.
---------The article excerpted from TESLARATI.