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Tesla is still growing in its biggest market, deliveries increased by 57% in California in 2015


It’s difficult to get accurate delivery numbers for Tesla in the US since the company doesn’t disclose sales by market, but in California, which is Tesla’s biggest market in the US by far, we can follow state rebates for clean vehicles in order to get a good idea of Tesla’s growth in the state.

In California, car buyers are eligible to up to $5,000 in rebate at the purchase of an electric vehicle under the Air Resources Board’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP).

As of now, the CVRP is a fairly effective way to follow the growth of electric vehicles in the state, but it will not be as accurate starting in mid-March when certain individuals and households with gross annual incomes above certain thresholds will be made ineligible for CVRP rebates: $250,000 for single filers, $340,000 for head-of-household filers and $500,000 for joint filers.

Based on the CVRP, Tesla delivered 8,931 vehicles in 2015 or about 18% of Tesla’s total deliveries during the year, more than in any other market.

CVRP rebates tesla model sCalifornia contributed significantly to Tesla’s record deliveries of 17,400 cars during the fourth quarter with 3,009 deliveries. Of course, for the first time not only Model S’s contributed to Tesla’s sales in California. The company could have delivered up to 200 Model X units during the last 3 months of the year.

Again based on the CVRP rebates, deliveries are up 57% versus 2014, when Tesla delivered 5,676 Model S’s in the state. It will be interesting to follow in the coming months how the new income thresholds will impact the distribution of rebates to new Tesla buyers in California.

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  1. MorinMoss - 7 years ago

    Don’t you mean last few weeks of the year for Model S deliveries? The 5 that ended up in hands that aren’t Elon’s scarcely count and there’s no indication of any others being delivered before some time in late December.

    • MorinMoss - 7 years ago

      Meant Model X deliveries, not S.

    • Fred Lambert - 7 years ago

      There’s no way to know exactly so it’s safer to say include anytime between September and december

      • MorinMoss - 7 years ago is a pretty reliable source of info and Bonnie Norman who had Signature reservation #1 is a frequent poster.
        Seems she didn’t get her X until Dec 18th and she would have been the 1st after any Founders’ cars were delivered.

      • Fred Lambert - 7 years ago

        Bonnie has a Signature. about 60 founders series where delivered also. some of those were delivered before December. Not all in California of course…

  2. NGALAN.COM - 7 years ago

    Wow good to know. What are your thoughts on Model 3


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