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California to top a quarter-million electric vehicles sold sometime this month

The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC) announced that according to projections, California will this month top 250,000 plug-in electric cars sold since they became available on the market in 2010.

Just a few years ago, you could count the number of plug-in models on one hand. Times have changed. Today, anyone thinking about buying a car can check out more than 30 electric models. And with federal and state rebates, they are more affordable than ever.

—PEV Collaborative Executive Director Christine Kehoe

Especially promising are upcoming models from carmakers including Chevrolet, Nissan, Tesla and others that will exceed 200 miles on a charge and cost around $35,000 (with incentives). Options like these tackle two common concerns among potential buyers: affordability and “range anxiety.”

BMW Group will offer a total of seven models in the US by spring of next year with an electric drivetrain or as plug-in hybrids. The company has also announced plans to electrify all of its brands and model series, including an electric SUV for the 2020 model year.

Along with growing consumer demand, California’s clean car programs are credited with helping spur electric vehicle innovation and have encouraged automakers to invest in next-generation electric car technology.

Transitioning to cars with no tailpipe pollution and incentivizing the infrastructure that supports them will help California meet climate change goals and federal clean air standards. PEV Collaborative member coordination and leadership have played a significant role in helping California meet the milestone we are celebrating today of 250,000 electric vehicles sold to date.

—,” California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott, who also serves as the chair of the PEVC

The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative is a public/private organization focused on accelerating the adoption of PEVs to meet California’s economic, energy and environmental goals.

The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative has 46 member organizations that include automakers, utilities, charging equipment/network providers, health and environmental organizations, clean transportation advocates, government, and research and educational institutions.

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