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Veloz: 2018 banner year for EV sales in California; up 84% from 2017; 312% increase from January to December

According to tracking by Veloz—a non-profit organization focused on accelerating the transition to electric vehicles—Californians are buying electric cars at a sharper rate of increase, with year-over-year increases in sales for all twelve months in 2018; total electric car sales increasing 84% from 2017 to 2018; and, comparing the start and end of 2018, the state saw a 312% increase in sales.


According to Veloz’s monthly “Sales Dashboard” tracking news summary:

  • Comparing start and end of year electric car sales for 2018, January sales were 5,991 and December sales were 24,686: a 312% increase. In contrast, there was a 122% increase from January (5,543) to December (12,323) in 2017.

  • 2018 saw year-over-year increases in sales for all twelve months in 2018 compared to 2017.

  • Total electric car sales increased 84% from 2017 (96,847) to 2018 (177,781).

  • There were 100% higher electric car sales in California in December 2018 compared to December 2017.

  • A notable win for the year includes California selling its 500,000th electric car in November (total sales hit 512,717 at the end of month).


More electric cars choices and more electric cars on the road leaves a question about charging infrastructure, said Veloz. A report found that California will need as many as 279,000 chargers by 2025 to support modest growth of electric car adoption.

Veloz recognizes that while electric car sales are increasing, uptake is not

happening fast enough to achieve the state’s emissions and electric car sales goals. To boost interest and awareness, Veloz launched the public awareness campaign “Electric For All” to educate and inspire Californians to drive electric.

In addition to battery electric and plug-in hybrid car success, California also saw advances in hydrogen fuel cell electric cars. In 2018, eight new hydrogen fueling stations opened, bringing the new total to 39 and more than a dozen new stations are expected in 2019.

Veloz releases a detailed report on California electric vehicle sales and infrastructure each month.



Californians are on the right track and probably leading all States (again) with almost 50% of national EV sales for 2018.

Hope that this encouraging trend will keep up for 2019 and many years ahead.

When will the rest of USA board the train?

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