The Tesla Model Y had a meteoric rise in California in 2020. GM’s Chevy Bolt continues to do well too.
The Model Y — which started deliveries in March — has quickly risen to the top of the Luxury Compact SUV segment, far ahead of the second place Lexus NX and third place BMW X3, according to the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA).
CNCDA provided annual totals for 2020 for the California New Light Vehicle Registrations and U.S. New Vehicle Sales, in a report released this past week.
Luxury Compact SUV segment:
(1) Tesla Model Y — 22.8% share (20,124*)
(2) Lexus NX — 13% share (11,461)
(3) BMW X3 — 11.2% share (9,866)
(4) Mercedes GLC-Class — 11% share (9,727)
(5) Audi Q5: 9.3% share (8,237)
Meanwhile the Tesla Model 3 was No.1 in the Near Luxury segment with a 41.5% share (38,580 registrations), handily beating the BMW-3 Series and Lexus ES, with 10.8% and 9.9% respectively.
Model 3 sales in California, however, were down compared to 2019 when there were 59,514 registrations and the Tesla sedan had 43.7% of the Near Luxury segment.
In 2020, Chevrolet’s Bolt EV took the top spot in the Subcompact segment in California with a 22.8% share (8,230 registrations), topping the Nissan Versa, Kia Soul, Honda Fit, and Chevy Spark.
That compares to 2019 when the Bolt was behind the No.1 Kia Soul, with the Chevy hatchback EV selling 8,239 vehicles (slightly more than 2020).
Overall EV sales down year-to-year — plug-in hybrid sales sink
In 2020, overall light-vehicle sales in California were off 21.7% compared to 2019. Plug-in electric car sales were down too but not by as much, which translates to higher market share, as pointed out by InsideEVs.
Pure electric car share was 6.2% in 2020 up from 5.1% in 2019 in California.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) were down a whopping 40.5%.
—Battery electric vehicles: 101,628, down 4.8%
—Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles: 31,144, down 40.5%
—Total EVs (including hybrids): 245,875, down 11%