In 2021, a third of new cars registered in Menlo Park were electric

by Linda Hubbard on February 15, 2022

Emails Menlo Spark Park Executive Director Diane Bailey:

“If anyone can use some good news today, here’s some from the Energy Commission:

“Last year (2021) roughly one third of new car purchases in Menlo Park were electric (vs. conventional fossil fuel vehicles)!

“For comparison, the share of new “ZEVs” (Zero Emission Vehicles) in San Mateo County in 2021 was 17.7%, while in the 94025 zip code, the share was 32.7%.  Great job Menlo Park!

“Thank you to Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commissioner Josie Gaillard for obtaining this info from Jesse Gage, at the California Energy Commission.

“This is a great time to switch to an electric car – or truck – (for those who drive frequently). Peninsula Clean Energy has excellent information about how to save a lot of money by making the switch to an EV.

“The savings for swapping a gas car for an EV include $4,000 rebates for a used EV, and up to $9,500 in cash back from the Clean Cars for All program. EV owners also save roughly $1,000 in fuel and maintenance costs each year relative to gas cars. Anyone who wants to rent an EV for a few days to try it out has their costs covered through this PCE program.”

In 2020, 29% of all newly registered vehicles in Menlo Park were Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs).

Photo of electric cars being charged in Menlo Park by Rick W. Morris (c) 2021


Ole Agesen February 15, 2022 at 3:33 pm

Welcome progress, indeed!

Though, from 29% in 2020 to 33% in 2021 still leaves a long way to go before every car is ZEV.

Compare with Norway where the fraction of new cars that are electric rose from 54% in 2020 to 65% in 2021, and is expected to exceed 80% in 2022:

Mark February 15, 2022 at 4:50 pm

This entire article is suspect as it doesn’t mention or distinguish a fully electric car from a hybrid. Hybrids would not be ZEVs.

Roy Thiele-Sardina February 16, 2022 at 8:09 am

It should not surprise you that the TAX and Financial incentives in Norway exceed 50% of the cars purchase price. in addition you don’t pay an annual road tax, pay 50% on tolls….etc. Free/Reduced charging at a nationwide charging network.

and in the USA once a company sells XXX cars the incentives decrease…..

Ole Agesen February 16, 2022 at 3:50 pm

Mark, 65% of new cars sold in Norway in 2021 were fully electric (not including hybrid, nor plugin hybrid, cars in this measure). You can find clearer language here:

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