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California Becomes the First U.S. State to Hit 1 Million Plug-In Cars

Tesla’s birthplace took 11 years to reach this milestone.

A Tesla dealership in Colma, California.
A Tesla dealership in Colma, California.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

California has become the first U.S. state to register more than a million plug-in cars, with almost one-quarter of them arriving in 2021 alone, as electric vehicle sales finally accelerate after years of slow growth. 

In California’s case, reaching the 1-million milestone took 11 years.