According to data recently released by the California Energy Commission, California drivers have now cumulatively purchased 1 million plug-in vehicles.

On Friday, electric vehicle advocacy group Veloz announced updated figures celebrating the milestone of Californians having “sold 1 million electric vehicles (EVs)” — the first state to reach that total.

But if you’re considering a vehicle without a gas tank and exhaust, it’s less than a million. The cumulative ownership is 1.054 million, including 379,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles that use electric modes to varying degrees, and nearly 12,000 fuel cell vehicles.

As a result, Californians cumulatively purchased 663,014 BEVs by the end of 2021, including 183,933 that year.

Electric Vehicle Sales in California and US – Veloz (BEV+PHEV+FCEV in this case)

By 2021, this brings BEVs and plug-in hybrids to a 12.4% market share in California. Continued market share gains in 2020 and 2021 even outpace market share gains from 2017 to 2018, when the popular Tesla Model 3 hit the market in large numbers.

The updated data confirms that the Model 3 is the best-selling electric vehicle in the state in 2021 with 67,262 sales, while the Model Y is already close behind with 61,022. The Chevrolet Bolt EV came in third with 12,313 units, despite a battery recall that posed a fire risk, effectively taking it out of the market for most of the year.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

This correlates with data released earlier this month by the California New Car Dealers Association, which showed Tesla’s market share in California soared to 10.5% in the fourth quarter of this year and took 6.5% of the state’s market share throughout 2021. % market share.

California has figured out exactly who its one-millionth owner is, and conveniently, it’s not a plug-in hybrid buyer. According to a video from Governor Gavin Newsom’s office (below), “Michael of Stockton” bought a Volkswagen ID.4 for more than $20,000 off the electric SUV’s list price and tax credit.

However, Veloz said there is still a lot of work to be done. It pointed to a report by the International Energy Agency earlier this year stating that the global EV market share jumped from 4.11% in 2020 to 8.57% in 2021, and that California has actually not kept pace with the growth rate in Europe, where EVs Sales used to lag the state, but are now over 20 percent.

The state aims to sell 5 million electric vehicles by 2030, and it has taken more than a decade to reach 1 million. With mainstream marketing attention, a corresponding federal push, strong incentives, and a bullish approach to EV infrastructure, it could get there.

2019 Chevrolet Volt

2019 Chevrolet Volt

By the end of 2021, cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles in the U.S. are close to 2.5 million—a number that may have now been surpassed. In California and the U.S., that tally essentially began in late 2010, with the first deliveries of two mass-market plug-in vehicles, the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.