Some may think of it just as a passing craze, but electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly becoming more and more prevalent throughout the country, especially in California. Nearly 500,000 battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles are on the road in California, with the state accounting for over half of total EV sales in the U.S. California also has a set goal of having 1.5 million EVs on the road by 2025.
The state has been extremely supportive of the move towards electric vehicles, as one of the most famous all-electric brands, Tesla, is based in the state. Most other major car manufacturers, including Chevrolet, Nissan, Toyota, and BMW, among others, offer at least one all-electric model for sale in the state. Charging stations are also increasing in numbers all around the state; a 2018 estimate shows that there are nearly 14,000 public charging stations around the state, with up to 100,000 more planned within the next few years.
Many cities are also exploring the possibility of car-sharing services that would provide EVs for use in metropolitan areas for visitors and residents without cars. California is at the forefront of the national, and some may even say global, push to improve our vehicles’ environmental standards by introducing more electric cars.