California EV Sales Have Skyrocketed in the Last Decade


SACRAMENTO – The sales of new zero-emission vehicles have soared 1022% over the past 10 years, according to data from the California Energy Commission

One in four new cars sold in California are zero-emission (battery electric, plug-in hybrid or fuel cell electric). More ZEVs were sold in California in 2023 than at any point in history, including in Q3 when sales hit their highest share ever at 26.7%. Sales soared by 46% year-over-year, continuing the upward trend led by our state every year. 

California is on track to achieve its world-leading goal of 100% ZEV new-car sales by 2035.

As Governor Gavin Newsom has said, “California dominates in this space.” 

 California’s ZEV Leadership: 

  • In 2023, 25% of new cars sold in California were zero-emission – more than ever before. (Data here)
    • Globally, ZEVs were the only growth in car sales as other auto sales slowed
  • The state surpassed both its zero-emission truck sales and vehicle sales goals two years ahead of schedule and surpassed its 10,000 fast EV chargers goal more than a year ahead of schedule.
  • The success of the state’s programs has led to ZEVs becoming a top export and has spurred major advances in manufacturing and job creation.
  • This year, California announced a new $1.9 billion plan that will help deploy 40,000 new public EV chargers – creating the most extensive charging network in the country to make it easier for Californians to charge their vehicles.