Sales of electric cars accelerated in the first half of 2022, Teslas being the most popular

The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) reports that during the first half of 2022, total light vehicle registrations in California were 853,347 (down 17.9% year-over-year). the other).

According to the report, demand for new and used vehicles remains strong, but the main problem is on the supply side.

Meanwhile, plug-in car registrations during the period increased by around 34% year-over-year to 152,749 (estimated), translating to a record 17.9% of the total market (compared to 11% a year ago).

All-electric cars performed exceptionally well with 128,855 units (up 59% year-on-year) and 15.1% market share, which is significantly more than conventional hybrids. Not only that. Currently, battery electric cars are above hybrids and plug-in hybrids combined.

This is not a surprising result given that BEVs are growing rapidly, while plug-in hybrids and hybrids are both down year-on-year by 28% and 4% respectively. Some might wonder if we have already passed the hybrid peak.

  • BEV: 128,855 (up 59%, market share 15.1%)
  • PHEV: 23,894 (down 28%, market share 2.8%)
  • Total plugins: 152,749 (up 34%, market share 17.9%)
  • HEV: 99,842 (down 4%, market share 11.7%)
  • Total xEV: 252,591 (up 16%, market share 29.6%)

Four 100% electric cars topped their subcategories:

  • Tesla Model Y (42,320, up 54%): No. 1 luxury compact SUV (54.2% share)
  • Tesla Model 3 (38,993, up 97%): No. 1 in near-luxury (60.8% share)
  • Tesla Model S (5,791): No. 1 in high-end luxury and sports cars (21.7% share)
  • Tesla Model X (3,791): #4 midsize luxury SUV (8.4% share)
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV/Bolt EUV (1,293, down 83%): #1 subcompact (23.7% share)

Interestingly, the hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai, once again appeared in the subcompact category (isn’t that too big?), as #2 with 1,172 units and a market share of 21.5%.


* red underline only for models that can be identified as plug-ins by name

And now the general classification of models, which just like in T1, is all the more pleasant to see that two electric models are in the lead.

The top-selling model in California is the Tesla Model Y with 42,320 units in the first half, followed closely by the Tesla Model 3 (38,993).

The advantage over the other most popular models is now high enough to think that the race with ICE is already over. In 2022, electric models will most likely be the most popular in California.

The top models (more than 17,000 registrations):

  1. Tesla Model Y – 42 320
  2. Tesla Model 3 – 38,993
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 31,599
  4. Toyota Camry – 28,745
  5. Toyota Corolla – 22,391
  6. Chevy Silverado – 20,349
  7. Ford F-Series – 18,598
  8. Honda Accord – 18,384
  9. Honda Civic – 18,302
  10. Toyota Tacoma – 17,777
  11. Ram Pickup – 17,412

According to the report, in the first half, Tesla registrations were 90,895 (up 82% year-over-year), or 10.7% of the market (vs. 49,875 and 4.8% from a year ago). Tesla was the fastest growing auto brand in the state (in fact, only Tesla and Genesis saw positive results – up 82% and 53% year-over-year, respectively).

In other words, Tesla has captured over a tenth of the California auto market and the growth rate indicates it will go much higher.

Tesla is also dominant in the BEV segment with a 70.5% share. All non-Tesla BEV registrations combined were at 37,960.

Results for the first half of 2022 in California:

  • Tesla Model Y – 42 320
  • Tesla Model 3 – 38,993
  • Tesla Model S – 5,791
  • Tesla Model X – 3,791
  • Total Tesla: 90,895 (up 82.2%, 10.7% share)
    non-Tesla total: 37,960

The CNCDA also shows that Tesla has a 3.3% share in the US market. Compared to 6,831,596 units since the start of the year, it should be around 225,400.

Having the numbers for the US and California allows us to estimate the difference, which is the number of Teslas registered in states outside of California. It’s north of 134,000.