March 31, 2022
Office of Governor Gavin Newson

California Leads the Nation’s ZEV Market, Surpassing 1 Million Electric Vehicles Sold

New data show that California’s ZEV market is leading the nation in every category, including support for low-income EV consumers

The market for electric vehicles is growing fast and certainly not slowing down soon. Tesla is paving the way for fully autonomous driving. GM and PG&E are working to one day utilize EVs as a source of power. With California’s oil prices some of the highest in the nation, its strong investment in clean energy, and being host to the tech hub responsible for so much of EV advancement, it is no wonder the Golden State is leading the nation in electric vehicle (EV) adoption. 

A sale this February marked the one millionth electric vehicle sold in California. With this number, California’s number of EVs sold is greater than the next highest 10 states combined. And California hopes to continue the charge for a clean transportation future with a $10 billion dollar zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) package to expand access and affordability of ZEVs.

“This milestone is a testament to the success of California’s nation-leading policies and investments to support our bold ZEV goals while driving down costs for all,” said Governor Newsom. “Creating a clean transportation future is the most impactful step we can take to fight climate change. We’ll continue using our market dominance and historic investments to accelerate the ZEV transition globally while expanding access and affordability across the state, especially in underserved neighborhoods.”

Over the past 10 years, annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles in California have gone from just 7,000 in 2011 to more than a quarter of a million sold in 2021, making up more than 12 percent of all light-duty vehicle sales last year. California also leads the nation in all other zero-emission vehicle metrics, including the highest level of public funding, the largest EV market share percentage and the most extensive public charging infrastructure. 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.

See below for an infographic on the state’s nation-leading ZEV market.


The infrastructure of charging stations across California is just as crucial to EV adoption as the car’s individual price and accessibility. The greater San Francisco region has even been called among the most EV friendly areas in the nation. San Francisco boasts a reported 52 charging stations per 100,000 residents, while the home of everything high-tech, San Jose, has installed 49 stations for every 100K living there.

Teamwrkx is proud to have worked with several electric vehicle companies in the Bay Area leading the nation’s conversion to green, zero-emission transportation. 

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