Tesla will be the two best-selling car models in California in the first half of 2022

Tesla will be the two best-selling car models in California in the first half of 2022

According to the California New Car Dealers Association, two Tesla models became the best-selling cars in California in the first half of 2022, with Tesla becoming the second most bought car brand after Toyota.

In the first half of 2022, 42,320 Tesla Model Ys were purchased in the Golden State, followed by 38,993 Tesla Model 3s. In total, from January to June, Tesla sold 90,985 new all-electric cars, 82.2% more than in the same period last year, when only 49,875 were sold. For 2022, Tesla will hold 10.7% of new car sales in California so far, second behind Toyota with 152,838 new car sales, or 17.9%.

While Tesla CEO Elon Musk moved Tesla’s headquarters to Texas last year due to multiple business and tax reasons, Tesla has remained a major force in California. This is largely due to the extensive electric vehicle charging station being built across the state, as well as the fact that Tesla has California’s only car factory in Fremont. The Fremont plant, which remains the most efficient auto plant in North America, produces cars quickly and only needs to transport them over short distances to reach customers in California.

However, the drastic increase in sales is largely due to rising gas prices in California and the fact that other car dealers are not meeting the demand for electric and hybrid car options. Tesla quickly filled the niche in 2022 and also filled many backorders made during the pandemic. Auto experts note that one reason mentioned is not true.

“It’s not because of California ending gas sales of new cars by 2035,” Michigan-based auto sales expert Charles Rice told the Globe on Tuesday. “That would never do anything. Electrical incentives in California, yes, may have played a part, as many people in this day and age just needed new cars, as so many put off buying new ones because of the pandemic and parts problems making new ones.

“The most important are the gas prices. That was what prompted people to buy more electric and hybrid cars. We will be mostly electric in the future, and oil and gas issues will allow this to happen naturally. The order of 2035, no, people would get around that if gas stayed cheap. But that is not it. Even if California managed to cut gas mileage by a dollar a gallon, people would still flock for electric and hybrid cars.”

“In addition, remember that California is also the most prepared for electric cars. They have chargers everywhere, government incentives and pollution standards that have already pushed in this direction. And there is one more piece that people are forgetting. These are made in California. Not just America but California. That fact alone makes some people proud of Tesla. Everyone pulled out decades ago, but here comes this early 2000s start-up that refused to leave, and it paid off, despite California makes it really hard not to. I mean, yes, they moved out of state for their headquarters, but they kept the factory and kept building new ones here. There are people who hate the idea of ​​an electric car that only Tesla will consider because it’s a US corporate building here in the US in California of all states, which is something you don’t hear much about these days.”

“So it’s no surprise that Tesla is rapidly becoming the top car brand in California. You can be sure Honda and Toyota are noticing this.”

Tesla is expected to sell in California for the remainder of 2022.