General Motors has plans to launch 30 new electric vehicles by 2025, investing billions to develop and produce the latest-and-greatest EV technology in the hopes of accelerating mass EV adoption. However, according to a recent study, the vast majority of electric vehicle registrations in the United States are in just one state – California.
In a recent report, multinational consumer credit reporting company Experian identified the U.S. electric vehicle registration percentages for each state. Unsurprisingly, California was far and away the leader, with a whopping 41.12 percent of all electric vehicle registrations in the Golden State.
Florida is a distant second with 5.96 percent, followed by Texas with 5.22 percent and Washington State with 4.84 percent.
The Experian report also reveals that the majority of electric vehicle registrations are concentrated around the coastal states, whereas U.S. states in the middle of the country had the lowest rates of electric vehicle registrations. North Dakota had the lowest rate overall with a mere 0.02 percent.
The report also provided some interesting insights into the broader electric vehicle adoption rates. According to Experian, electric vehicles accounted for just 0.4 percent of vehicles on the road in the U.S. today, while hybrid/electric vehicles accounted for 2.42 percent.
Clearly, with such a wide discrepancy in adoption rates among U.S. states, and low adoption rates for electric vehicles more broadly, General Motors will have its work cut out for it when it comes to accelerating mass EV adoption. One critical factor will be attracting new buyers across the central U.S. states, something which has proved largely unsuccessful among EV manufacturers thus far.
Nevertheless, General Motors has a long list of new models slated for release, as well as a number of new EV models already revealed, including the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV and Bolt EV, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, and the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq crossover. GM also plans on launching a new EV variant of the Chevy Silverado.