One in five new cars sold in California in 2022 was a zero-emissions vehicle, the state said, based on some data it collected. The largest auto market in the United States has been working toward its goal of electrifying its fleet. Over the past year, state officials have set ambitious goals for increasing the number of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) on the road to support climate goals by reducing greenhouse gases produced by internal combustion engines.
The California Air Resources Board announced in August that sales of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars would end by 2035 and set an aggressive phase-out schedule. Last week, the California Energy Commission said 18.8 percent of new vehicles sold in the state in 2022 were electric vehicles, PHEVs, or fuel cell electric vehicles, all of which California includes in its zero-emissions category. This is enormous progress, because ten years ago it was two percent.
Commenting on the achievement, state Gov. Gavin Newsom said, “California continues to lead the zero-emission vehicle revolution with breakthrough policies and investments that drive innovation, create good jobs, and expand access and affordability of (zero-emission vehicles) across the state He added that the state is focusing on the communities hardest hit by the deepening climate crisis, as it seeks to advance the clean transportation dream.
The electric vehicle market continues to be dominated by Tesla, with around two-thirds of the 346,000 zero-emission vehicles sold each year. California already has the lion’s share of electric vehicles in the US, with 1.4 million on the state’s roads, and about 40 percent of all ZEV sales in the US are in the state.
Initial Release Date: January 22, 2023 10:26 am IST