It’s no secret that California is a pretty progressive place, especially in regards to EV adoption and green energy initiatives. In fact, recent reports reveal that Tesla surged to an impressive 10.5 per cent market share in California by the end of last year. Over the course of the entire year, Tesla maintained a 6.5 per cent market share, which is a significant increase from the U.S. as a whole, for which the EV automaker held a 2.1 per cent share.
The report, which was compiled and shared by the California New Car Dealers Association, revealed that Tesla registrations grew by nearly 70 per cent from 2020 to 2021. Specifically, 121,080 new Teslas were registered in California in 2021, making it one-eighth of Tesla’s global market.
While Tesla didn’t beat out Toyota in terms of total sales, the beloved EV brand did, in fact, edge ahead of Honda — which is a longtime consumer favourite in the state. Tesla also outsold Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche combined in the fourth quarter. This is especially noteworthy due to the fact that Tesla only currently has four models in circulation, one of which — the Model X — faced delivery delays this past year.
With ambitious production plans for the upcoming year, as well as some highly-anticipated additions to the Tesla feet, it’s easy to presume that Tesla will maintain (and build upon) its stronghold on the California automotive sector.