The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC) announced that California’s 250,000th plug-in vehicle is likely to be sold this month.
Since plug-ins first became available in 2010, consumer demand has slowly but steadily grown, and it’s expected to get a major boost soon, as a crop of 200-mile, $35,000 EVs goes on sale.
“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,” said PEVC Executive Director Christine Kehoe.
Another big reason for the growth of the industry is California’s clean car programs, which have helped spur innovation and obliged automakers to invest in next-generation automotive 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,” said California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott, who also serves as the chair of the PEVC. “PEVC member coordination and leadership have played a significant role in helping California meet the milestone we are celebrating today.”