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California passes 100,000 mark in sales of plug-in electric vehicles

The milestone that numerous state officials and energy experts have been anticipating for months was reached this week: more than 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in California since the market started in late 2010.

The six-figure sales mark was announced by the Sacramento-based California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, based on data collected by the California Air Resources Board.

Gov. Jerry Brown has set a milestone of California having 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025.

“California’s plug-in electric vehicle market is ramping up, and we expect to see significant growth over the next 10 years as customers realize how economical and convenient they are,” said collaborative Executive Director Christine Kehoe.

The collaborative said Californians buy approximately 40 percent of all the plug-in electric vehicles sold in the United States. The California market has been driven, in part, by a dramatic increase in the number of electric vehicle charging stations statewide and the introduction of more plug-in models produced by major automakers.

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