Regional officials are pursuing an aggressive expansion of electric car charging stations as sales of zero-emission vehicles have dramatically increased this year throughout San Diego County.
San Diegans purchased more electric vehicles than hybrids for the first time ever this spring, with sales continuing to climb through the fall, according to data from the New Car Dealers Association San Diego County.
Between July and September, 5.3 percent of registered new cars were electric vehicles, while 4.7 percent represented hybrids. Plug-in hybrids that have both a gas tank and a rechargeable battery accounted for 2.9 percent of registrations.
“What’s happening in San Diego is happening statewide and perhaps nationwide, but San Diego has been out ahead of the rest of the state,” said Ethan Elkind, director of the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley. “Any cities that are serious about meeting climate goals will be focusing on electric vehicles, like purchasing electric fleets.”