California is known as the leader in electric vehicle (EV) sales in the United States, and an early leader in EV policy and sales worldwide. Today, sales data from California shows that electric vehicles are even the best: general car sales charts. The latest detailed breakdown of California car sales shows Tesla’s top-of-the-line models occupy the #1 and #2 positions in overall vehicle sales.
Tesla has the leader in the auto segment of the market and the leader in the SUV and truck segment of the market. In a more differentiated breakdown by vehicle class, electric vehicle models won 4 different vehicle classes – Tesla models won 3. Scroll down for 7 fun charts and a little extra commentary.
Top 10 Cars in California
While I’ve long been on the optimistic side of Tesla’s sales projections, arguing several years ago that the Model 3 should outperform and sell the Toyota Camry (and that the Model Y should be even more popular), it’s mind-blowing to see this chart. and try to process the numbers. The two best-selling cars of any kind, of any class, are Teslas. Appropriate too, since they are produced in California. Tesla has arrived — and in style, dethroning long-popular Toyota and Honda cars and beating pickup heavyweights like the Ford F-series and Chevy Silverado!
Side note: Tesla sold more than 80,000 vehicles in California in the first half of the year. When you think about that in the context of overall sales, California is clearly a super-critical market for the brand. Something to keep in mind.
We also don’t have data for Texas yet, but the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 are unlikely to be the best-selling vehicles there. But maybe the Tesla Cybertruck will come someday?
Top 10 Cars in California
Just looking at cars, rising above a bunch of cheaper cars – well, that is each other car on the list – the Tesla Model 3 shot to #1. If we were to look at a ranking of car sales by revenue or profit, the chart would look even more dramatic.
Top 10 SUVs and Trucks in California
It’s a similar story when we look at SUVs and trucks. The Tesla Model Y is way ahead of the much cheaper Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Honda HR-V. It also tops all the major pickup trucks known for dominating the US auto market. (That probably wouldn’t be the case in most states.)
Top 5 small Luxury SUVs in California
If you only look within the Model Y vehicle class, it gets really crazy. The Tesla Model Y had more than 5 times as many sales as the #2 Mercedes GLC-Class and nearly 8 times as many sales as the #3 BMW X3.
Top 5 ‘almost luxury’ cars in California
It’s the same story that compares sales of the Tesla Model 3 to its “closest competitors” in the “near luxury car” class. Frankly, it’s hard to know what to say about a chart like this after the past decade of anti-Tesla propaganda and Tesla’s long-predicted growing adoption.
Top 5 Luxury and High-End Sports Cars in California
Even the Tesla Model S has returned to its winning ways, taking the No. 1 spot in the “luxury and high-end sports cars” category. And again, it wasn’t even close. The Model S had more than twice as many sales as the #2 BMW 5 Series.
Top 5 California Subcompact Cars
The last of the big EV winners is the Chevy Bolt, which led the table just slightly in the “subcompact cars” category. This is a nice surprise, but the bigger surprise here is the Toyota Mirai in 2. The Mirai! Who could have guessed.
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