After years of increases in the total number of vehicles registered and vehicle miles traveled (VMT), both figures dropped by 1.8 percent and 2.3 percent from 2018 to 2019, respectively.
From 2018 to 2019, VMT per registered vehicle declined 0.47 percent or 51 miles to 10,837 miles. Overall, VMT per registered vehicle has been on a sustained downward trend since 2000, due to the number of vehicles registered far outpacing both population growth and VMT.
In 2020, vehicle ownership rate was 74.7 per 100 persons, down from 79.4 in 2019. This is also the first time when vehicle ownership rate is below the previous peak in 2007 (76.6 vehicles per person).
In 2020, ZEVs and hybrids (HEVs) accounted for 1.7 and 3.0 vehicles per 100 persons respectively, up slightly compared to 2019. This translates to 2.3 ZEVs and 4.9 HEVs per 100 vehicles in California.
Compared to 2019, total new vehicle registrations were down 21.7 percent in 2020, and car sales were down more severely (-32.3%) than light trucks (-14.2%). Electric vehicle sales (all classes) were down 16.5% in 2020 compared to 2019, of which battery electric vehicle was only down 4.8 percent.