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California Tesla Sales = 4.6% of California Vehicle Sales in Q3

Cars Posted on December 2, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan December 2, 2018 of Zachary Shahan Plug-in electric vehicles accounted…


Posted on December 2, 2018 |

by Zachary Shahan

December 2, 2018 of Zachary Shahan

Plug-in electric vehicles accounted for 7.1% of California’s car sales during the first three quarters of the year – fully automated car sales accounted for 4.1% and plug-in hybrids 3%. It’s quite a big story, as market share is well above average in the US and also higher than EV market share in almost all countries on the planet.

The larger story, however, is that a brand now carries most of them sales on the shoulders. That brand is of course Tesla.

2.95% of sales of California light vehicles were Tesla sales during the first three quarters of the year, but as we all know, Tesla sales exploded late during that period. In the third quarter, Tesla sales accounted for 4.6% of sales in California. Another way, that is, about 1 in every 22 was a Tesla.

Of course, Tesla sales really rose by the end of 19459009, so the Tesla market share for September must have been fantastic, but as long as Tesla only shares quarterly data, let’s stick to quarterly and annual summaries.

We have reached the 5th paragraph and have not yet mentioned the animal in the room, model 3. (In other words, we have two pictures on model 3, and one picture is worth a thousand words, but let’s not be weird.) Tesla only sells three models. The new star performer accounts for a very large part of the brand’s points. This means that it is ranked high in model placements (as if you did not already know). Stay tuned, as more on model-specific statistics will be coming soon.

The statistics reiterate something that has been stated in other ways – Tesla Model 3 expands the “green car” pie rather than just selling other greener than average cars. Even if you clump in conventional hybrids, Model 3’s high volume usage seems to have increased the circle to a remarkable degree. The green car market share in California has historically been as follows:

  • 2014 – 9.5%
  • 2015 – 8.9%
  • 2016 – 8.3%
  • 2017 – 9.4%
  • 2018 (first quarter) 11.2 %

Another interesting state is that 27% of Tesla sales in the third quarter of this year were in California. And it seems that about a third of Tesla’s US sales are in California.

I end a last fun state: Tesla’s Q3 2018 sales in California increased by 399% compared with the third quarter of 2017. That’s something.


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Tags: California, EV Sales, Tesla, Tesla California, Tesla Sales

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Zachary Shahan Zach is trying to help society to help (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its chief and chief editor. He is also the president of Important Media and the director / founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love . Zach is recognized globally as an electric car, solar energy and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, USA and Canada.

Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After several years of sun and EV, he simply believes in these companies and feels that they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But He does not offer any professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for losing money, so do not jump to conclusions.

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