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Tesla’s home state grabs almost half of Model 3 registrations

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SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla Inc.’s home state of California accounted for almost half of all Model 3 registrations through the first 10 months of 2018, a sign that the electric-car maker is wildly popular in the Golden State but not yet ubiquitous in other parts of the country.

Through October 2018, the last month for which full data is available, California registered 39,606 Model 3 sedans, or 49.3 percent of all Model 3 registrations in the U.S., according to IHS Markit. Florida came in second with 4,064, or 5.1 percent. California is the most populous U.S. state with about 40 million residents, almost twice the size of Florida’s population.

IHS Markit tracks total registrations, which include retail sales to individual customers as well as fleet sales. The IHS Markit data is only for the U.S. and doesn’t include Canada, where Tesla also delivered Model 3s in 2018.

Tesla began delivering the Model 3 in small numbers in 2017. In January, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company reported 63,150 Model 3 deliveries for the fourth quarter. The company doesn’t release delivery figures by region or state but typically begins deliveries of new models in California.

In the January statement, Tesla said it delivered 145,846 Model 3s in all of 2018.

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