Cumulative sales of plug-in electric cars in California have surpassed 100,000, industry experts announced Sept. 8.
As of the end of August, Californians had purchased 102,440 plug-in cars, including both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids that run on a combination of electricity and gasoline, according to figures compiled by HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm.
The sales records date back to December 2010, when the all-electric Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt were first introduced to consumers in select U.S. markets.
California regulators celebrated the milestone as the state bets on plug-in vehicles to meet aggressive goals for reducing emissions of heat-trapping gases linked to global warming.
“This milestone shows that industry and government can work together for the good of the environment and the good of the consumer,” California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols said in a statement.
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