More Than 100K Plug-In Electric Vehicles Now on CA Roads

The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative is touting a significant milestone in the development of the state's EV market: the sale of the 100,000th plug-in EV in California.

The group, which is a public/private organization working to increase the adoption of plug-in EVs, began tracking the market in December 2010. From that time through August, Californians bought 102,440 plug-in EVs, the collaborative says.

‘California's plug-in electric vehicle market is ramping up, and we expect to see significant growth over the next 10 years as customers realize how economical and convenient they are,’ comments Christine Kehoe, executive director of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative.

State utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) says more than 10,000 EVs have been sold or leased in its service territory alone since December 2010. The company has its own clean transportation program, and it says there are now more than 600 public charging stations available in the region. Additionally, SDG&E offers EV drivers a special low electricity rate when they program their cars to charge at night.

California is the largest U.S. market for plug-in EVs, which includes models such as the Nissan LEAF and Ford's Fusion Energi, C-MAX Energi and Focus Electric.

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