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Tesla Model Y and Model 3 were the best-selling vehicles in California in Q1 2022, surpassing the most popular internal combustion engine vehicles. Californians are increasingly opting for electric vehicles, and Tesla cars are their top choice.
New light vehicle registrations in California declined 13.8 percent in the first quarter of this year versus a year earlier, in line with the 15.7 percent drop in the nation, according to CNCDA data. New vehicle registrations in the state fell by more than 10 percent for the second consecutive quarter. It is expected that registrations could fall by 20 percent or more in the second quarter of this year, as tight inventories will continue to be a factor. The market would have struggled to exceed year-earlier levels even if supplies were plentiful.
The share of electric vehicles continued to increase significantly compared to the previous quarter, while the share of plug-in hybrids continued to decline and the share of hybrids increased only slightly. Estimated electric vehicle market share increased to 14.6 percent in Q1 2022 compared to the same period last year, the share of hybrids increased by 11.1 percent, and the share of plug-in hybrids increased by 2.6 percent.
Tesla Model Y and Model 3 were the best-selling vehicles in Q1 2022, surpassing sales of even the most popular combustion engine vehicles. Tesla registered 21,812 Model Ys and 21,506 Model 3s. The closest competitor, Toyota RAV4, registered 15,990 vehicles, ranking third in terms of sales in the state. The Toyota Camry is in fourth place with 12,257 registrations. Rounding out the top 5 is the Honda Civic with 11,057 registrations.
Obviously, in their segments, Model Y and Model 3 are also leaders in sales. Model Y became the best-selling Luxury Compact SUV, taking 55.5 percent of the market share. Model 3 led the Near Luxury segment with an impressive 65.2 percent market share.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.