Plug-ins surpass 10% market share in California as Tesla sales surge

We can’t let Europe and China have all the fun—EV sales in North America’s EV capital, California, are finally taking off. According to the California New Car Dealers Association, some 53,261 plug-in vehicles were sold in the Golden State in the first quarter of 2021, representing 10.8% of the total auto market.

The pandemic was plainly a catalyzing event for plug-in sales: the share of EVs hit an all-time high as overall light-vehicle sales declined by 2.9%.

Pure EVs took an 8.1% share of the market (also a new record), and hybrids took 9.8%. The total share of electrified vehicles (EVs, PHEVs and hybrids) was a whopping 20.6%.

Tesla had a particularly powerful quarter, increasing its sales by 12.5% year-over-year. Its two newest models both topped their sales segments: Model Y was the #1 seller in the Luxury Compact SUV segment; Model 3 was #1 in the Near Luxury segment; and Model S was #4 in Luxury and High End Sports Cars. The Telsa Model Y, with 13,786 sales, was the third best-seller among all light vehicles (yes, including pickup trucks), behind only Toyota’s RAV4 (17,266 sales) and Camry (15,526).

According to CNCDA’s data, Tesla had a 5.3% share of the total California market in Q1, and an impressive 1.7% share of the total US market.

Source: InsideEVs