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California ZEV sales near 19% of all new car sales in 2022

California is home to 55 ZEV and ZEV-related manufacturers and leads the nation in ZEV manufacturing jobs

Sacramento, Calif.—California has announced the latest data showing the state’s accelerating transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and ZEV market dominance — nearly 19% of all new cars sold last year in California were ZEVs and 40% of ZEVs sold in the U.S. are sold 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.
    • In comparison, the latest estimates show 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).
  • Up to $9,500 in grants and rebates available for low-income Californians.

State Actions to Support the ZEV Market
Last month, the California Energy Commission approved a $2.9 billion investment plan that accelerates California’s 2025 electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling goals. 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 state’s largest-ever investment in the equitable expansion of clean transportation.

In addition, California expects to receive $384 million of federal funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program to install charging stations throughout the state.

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. California is home to 55 ZEV and ZEV-related manufacturers and leads the nation in ZEV manufacturing jobs.

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