The best-selling car in California is a Tesla Model Y

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Two Tesla models are the best-selling new cars in California so far this year, a marker of the continued growth of electric vehicles in the state, according to a new report from the California New Car Dealers Association.

The Model Y, the smaller of Tesla’s two SUVs, is California’s top seller in 2022, with 42,320 registrations through June, according to the report. In second place: the Tesla Model 3 sedan, with 38,993 units sold.

Both Teslas beat competitors in every class, “even the most popular pickups,” the report said.

Three Toyotas finished third, fourth and fifth: the RAV4, Camry and Corolla, respectively.

Sales of new electric vehicles in California reached the highest figures recorded in the past five years, accounting for 15.1% of the market share, according to the association, a significant increase from the 9.5% of Last year.

While Toyota is the top-selling brand in the state with 17.9% market share, Tesla is close behind with 10.7%, according to the report. Tesla also saw the biggest increase in new vehicle registrations over the same period last year, with an 82.2% increase, making it one of two brands – the other being Genesis – which has not seen a decline in new registrations.

Trends indicate “that California consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing alternatively powered vehicles,” the report said.

However, he noted that vehicles like the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry, “the state’s perennial best sellers,” have faced inventory shortages amid supply chain issues this year, which had an impact on their sales figures.

Still, interest in electric vehicles in California is outstripping that of the rest of the country, according to sales data. While Tesla was the second best-selling brand in the state, it was 11th in the United States, accounting for just 3.3% of the national market share.

California also did slightly better than the United States in terms of an overall decline in auto sales, fueled in part by high inflation and vehicle shortages: while the United States recorded a decline of 18, 3% in vehicle sales compared to the same period last year, California’s decline was slightly lower at 17.9%, the report said.

“As the vehicle market continues to face high demand, chip shortages, supply chain issues and production issues, the current economy could allow dealers to help rebuild their inventories, as the manufacture of new vehicles is able to catch up with demand”, John Oh, wrote the president of the CNCDA in a press release. “We are grateful that California is not affected as deeply as other regions.”

“Additionally, we are seeing increased interest in the electric vehicle market which is very promising,” he said.

Danielle Echeverria is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @DanielleEchev

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