FREMONT (CBS SF) — In California’s elite electric car-buying crowd, Tesla’s Model 3 is number one, outselling any other zero-emissions vehicle over the past few years.
New data from the California New Car Dealers Association shows that of the more than 92,000 electric cars registered in the state, more than half, 51,293, in fact, were new Tesla Model 3s. And that number is more than the entire number of electric cars registered the year before.READ MORE: President Biden Taps Former Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus As Customs and Border Protection Commissioner
The CNCDA credits Tesla’s charging stations, convenience, range and affordability.
“We are pleased to see that consumers are increasingly choosing the option of zero-emission vehicles,” Ted Nicholas, CNCDA’s chairperson, said in a statement.READ MORE: COVID Schools: AC Transit Resuming Bus Lines For Returning Students In Newark, Oakland, West Contra Costa
Despite their growing numbers, only one out of 20 cars registered in California last year, was electric, according to the CNCDA. In 2018, the state registered more than 1.6 million gas-powered vehicles.
Until now, the base model started at $42,900, but last week, Tesla unveiled a new Model 3 with a base sticker price of $35,000.
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend the company will unveil its new Model X on March 14.MORE NEWS: COVID Reopening: San Francisco Public Elementary School Students Return To Classrooms
“Model Y, being an SUV, is about 10% bigger than Model 3, so will cost about 10% more and have slightly less range” for the same battery, he said.