Tesla Led EV Sales in California for 2022; ZEV Sales Up 38% Year-Over-Year

Zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) reached a milestone of making up 18.8 percent of all new cars sold in California in December 2022, as detailed in a press release shared by the state on Friday.

A total of 1,399,913 cumulative ZEVs were sold in California in 2022, marking as much as 40 percent of ZEVs sold in the entire U.S. For 2022, there were 345,818 ZEV sales in California in 2022.

Additionally, the release emphasized that 80,027 individual chargers had been installed during the year, both public and private.

“California continues to lead the zero-emission vehicle revolution with groundbreaking policies and investments that drive innovation, create good jobs and expand ZEV access and affordability across the state,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said. “Keeping our focus on the communities that are most impacted by the intensifying climate crisis, we’ll keep pushing ahead to make our clean transportation future a reality in California.”

Tesla’s vehicles made up the vast majority of ZEVs sold in California, with 94,683 Tesla Model 3 units and 93,872  Model Y units sold throughout 2022.

Tesla’s Model S and X units also outsold all other top-selling traditional automaker EVs, with totals of 10,712 units and 13,319 units sold, respectively.

The next best-selling ZEVs included the Ford Mustang Mach-E (9,860), the Hyundai IONIQ 5 (7,519) and the Kia EV6 (4,597), among others still.

Elon Musk’s company sold 212,586 vehicles in California in 2022, which is 16% of the 1.31 million cars delivered worldwide by Tesla for the full year.

The news comes after California and other states have begun mandating gas car sales bans by 2035.