California has the highest ranking in terms of electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle registration in the US for the year, according to new car registration data through August 2012 tracked by Polk, an automotive data and marketing company.
About 24 percent of all new hybrid vehicles and 32 percent of EVs were registered in California.
The rates far exceed the state’s share of all new car registrations in the US, where California also ranked first overall at 11.1 percent, said Edmunds.com.
Overall, 3.4 percent of new car registrations through August were hybrid or electric vehicles, a full percentage point higher than the 2.4 percent rate for all of 2011.
In Florida, 6.6 percent of EVs, and in Washington, 5.7 percent of EVs in the US have been registered through August.
Colorado, Hawaii, Tennessee and Oregon also have rates of EV and hybrid registrations that outpaced the states’ share of all new car registrations, Edmunds.com said. For example, 1.9 percent of all new hybrid vehicles sold in the US this year were registered in Oregon, more than twice the state’s share of new car registrations.
States where EV sales comprised a smaller share of new car registrations included New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan. About 3.5 percent of all new EVs sold through August in the US were registered in New York. This rate is about half the state’s share of all new car registrations in the US, said Edmunds.com.
As more alternative-fuel vehicles come to market and as prices for these cars become more affordable, a higher percentage of consumers are expected to at least consider an alternative fuel vehicle the next time they’re buying a new car, said Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell.
Edmunds.com projects that at least 43 new conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles, diesels and fuel cell electric vehicles are planned for introduction in the US from now through the 2015 model year.
A report released this week by Lux Research forecast the market for electric vehicle charging stations will rise from $140 million in 2012 to $1.15 billion by 2020. Although adoption of plug-in vehicles will be slow, the market for charging equipment will grow from about 120,000 units this year to 1.3 million in 2020, Lux Research said.