• In 2021, light-duty pickup trucks, mini-vans, and SUVs made up 66.4 percent of new vehicle registrations—up from 64.1 percent in 2020. Compared to 2020, total new vehicle registrations were up 13.3 percent in 2021. Consumer preferences are continuing to shift towards pickup trucks, mini-vans, and SUVS as the light truck sales increase (+16.6%) was slightly more than double the car sales (+7.1%). Electric vehicle sales (all classes) are up 79 percent in 2021 compared to 2020 (which fell by 16.5% from 2019), of which plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEVs) sales recorded the largest increase of all vehicle types—up 96.7 percent from the previous year. By model-year 2035, automakers will be allowed to meet no more than 20 percent of overall ZEV requirements with plug-in hybrid vehicles, and PHEVs must have an all-electric range of at least 50 miles on-road.91

91 The California Air Resources Board proposed decision can be viewed here: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/rulemaking/2022/advanced-clean-cars-ii

  • The target of 50 percent ZEV sales-share in 2030 set by President Biden may help supercharge ZEV adoption nationwide, including in California.92 Furthermore, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) commits up to $40,000 of tax credits for each commercial ZEV and $1 billion in grants for class 6 and 7 heavy-duty trucks.93

92 The White House. FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Steps to Drive American Leadership Forward on Clean Cars and Truck. August 05, 2021. Retrieved from: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/08/05/fact-sheet-president-biden-announces-steps-to-drive-american-leadership-forward-on-clean-cars-and-trucks/

93 Environmental Defense Fund. Inflation Reduction Act gives truck electrification a dose of adrenaline. September 12, 2022. Retrieved from: https://blogs.edf.org/energyexchange/2022/09/12/inflation-reduction-act-gives-truck-electrification-a-dose-of-adrenaline/