The most popular used electric vehicles by state

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  • Tesla Model 3 the most popular EV in 22 of the 25 states with the highest share of EV sales
  • Nationally, Tesla Model Y has the second highest share of used electric vehicle sales at 9.7%
  • The Nissan LEAF is the most popular used electric car in two states

According to a survey by car search engine iSeeCars.com, the Tesla Model 3 is the most popular used electric vehicle in 22 of the 25 states with the largest share of electric vehicles.


To determine the most popular used EVs in each state, iSeeCars analyzed more than 200,000 used EVs sold from a sample of more than 18 million used car sales in 2023.

Most Popular Used EV by State

Of the 25 states with the highest share of used electric car sales, the Nissan LEAF is the most popular used electric car in the top seven states, as well as in 18 states overall.

Most Popular Used EV in Top 25 States with Highest EV Share (iSeeCars Survey)
State (based on total EV share) Most popular used EV % EV share
California Tesla model 3 33.6%
Washington Tesla model 3 22.3%
Oregon Tesla model 3 23.0%
Nevada Tesla model 3 27.0%
Arizona Tesla model 3 24.5%
Colorado Tesla model 3 17.4%
Utah Tesla model 3 22.9%
Hawaii Nissan LEAF 33.1%
Maryland Tesla model 3 26.8%
Massachusetts Tesla Model Y 33.6%
Virginia Tesla model 3 30.7%
Illinois Tesla model 3 23.1%
Georgia Tesla model 3 29.7%
Florida Tesla model 3 29.4%
New Jersey Tesla model 3 26.1%
Vermont Nissan LEAF 32.9%
Minnesota Tesla model 3 26.7%
Texas Tesla model 3 29.9%
Connecticut Tesla model 3 14.7%
North Carolina Tesla model 3 26.5%
New York Tesla model 3 23.1%
Missouri Tesla model 3 23.5%
Pennsylvania Tesla model 3 24.1%
Delaware Tesla model 3 29.5%
New Hampshire Tesla model 3 13.2%

The Tesla Model 3 dominates as the most popular used electric car in 22 of the top 25 states for electric vehicle sales.

California is the state with the highest share of used Tesla Model 3 vehicles at 33.6 percent, while Hawaii is the state with the highest share of used Nissan LEAFs at 33.1 percent. “Hawaiian utilities are offering $10,000 off new Nissan LEAFs, so the popularity of these vehicles among drivers also extends to the used market,” Brauer said. “Plus, Hawaii generally has the highest gasoline prices in the country, so car buyers have the added incentive to purchase electric vehicles.”

Top three used electric vehicles by state

iSeeCars further analyzed the data to determine the top three used EVs in the top 25 states with the most EV sales.

Top 3 most popular used EVs in the top 25 states with the highest EV share (iSeeCars survey)
State (AZ) #1 Used EV % EV share #2 Used EV % EV share #3 Used EV % EV share
Arizona 1 Tesla model 3 24.5% Tesla Model S 9.6% Tesla Model Y
California 1 Tesla model 3 33.6% Tesla Model S 9.1% Tesla Model Y
Colorado 1 Tesla model 3 17.4% Tesla Model Y 17.0% Nissan LEAF
Connecticut 1 Tesla model 3 14.7% Chevrolet Bolt EV 11.9% Tesla Model S
Delaware 1 Tesla model 3 29.5% Tesla Model Y 9.1% Chevrolet Bolt EV
Florida 1 Tesla model 3 29.4% Tesla Model Y 9.5% Tesla Model X
Georgia 1 Tesla model 3 29.7% Tesla Model S 12.8% Tesla Model Y
Hawaii 1 Nissan LEAF 33.1% Tesla model 3 19.3% Tesla Model Y
Illinois 1 Tesla model 3 23.1% Tesla Model S 11.7% Tesla Model Y
Maryland 1 Tesla model 3 26.8% Tesla Model Y 12.2% Tesla Model S
Massachusetts 1 Tesla Model Y 33.6% Tesla model 3 16.9% Nissan LEAF
Minnesota 1 Tesla model 3 26.7% Chevrolet Bolt EV 11.5% Nissan LEAF
Missouri 1 Tesla model 3 23.5% Tesla Model Y 10.0% Chevrolet Bolt EV
Nevada 1 Tesla model 3 27.0% Tesla Model Y 11.6% Tesla Model S
New Hampshire 1 Tesla model 3 13.2% Chevrolet Bolt EV 10.7% Nissan LEAF
New Jersey 1 Tesla model 3 26.1% Tesla Model Y 12.7% Tesla Model S
New York 1 Tesla model 3 23.1% Tesla Model Y 10.8% Chevrolet Bolt EV
North Carolina 1 Tesla model 3 26.5% Tesla Model Y 10.8% Tesla Model S
Oregon 1 Tesla model 3 23.0% Nissan LEAF 13.4% Chevrolet Bolt EV
Pennsylvania 1 Tesla model 3 24.1% Nissan LEAF 8.6% Tesla Model S
Texas 1 Tesla model 3 29.9% Tesla Model Y 11.2% Tesla Model S
Utah 1 Tesla model 3 22.9% Chevrolet Bolt EV 12.5% Tesla Model Y
Vermont 1 Nissan LEAF 32.9% Chevrolet Bolt EV 30.0% Tesla model 3
Virginia 1 Tesla model 3 30.7% Tesla Model S 10.4% Tesla Model Y
Washington 1 Tesla model 3 22.3% Nissan LEAF 17.6% Chevrolet Bolt EV

While the Tesla Model 3 dominates as the most used EV in 22 states, the second most popular used EV is the Tesla Model Y in 9 states. Furthermore, Massachusetts is the only state where the Tesla Model Y is the most popular electric vehicle in use.

Top 10 used electric vehicles

iSeeCars also analyzed which used electric vehicles are the most popular overall and found that ten electric vehicles make up more than 90 percent of the used EV market.

Top 10 used electric vehicles by market share
Rank Fashion model Share of electricity in total
1 Tesla model 3 27.2%
2 Tesla Model Y 9.7%
3 Tesla Model S 8.7%
4 Nissan LEAF 7.4%
5 Chevrolet Bolt EV 6.7%
6 Tesla Model X 5.9%
7 Ford Mustang Mach-E 3.9%
8 Audi e-tron 2.3%
9 Polestar 2 2.2%
10 Porsche Taycan 2.1%

In second place after the Tesla Model 3 is the Model Y, while the Tesla Model S is in third place.

The two most popular non-Tesla vehicles are the fourth-place Nissan LEAF and the fifth-place Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Most popular electric vehicles used by metropolitan area

iSeeCars determined the most popular electric vehicle used in the 50 most populous urban areas.

Most popular used EV in the top 50 most populous urban areas
Metro area #1 Used EV % EV share
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM Tesla model 3 22.1%
Atlanta, GA Tesla model 3 30.2%
Austin, Texas Tesla model 3 33.1%
Baltimore, MD Tesla model 3 26.7%
Birmingham, AL Tesla model 3 23.0%
Boston, MA-Manchester, NH Tesla Model Y 34.2%
Charlotte, NC Tesla model 3 28.8%
Chicago, Ill Tesla model 3 24.5%
Cincinnati, OH Tesla model 3 23.9%
Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH Tesla model 3 20.4%
Columbus, OH Tesla model 3 26.7%
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas Tesla model 3 28.5%
Denver, CO Tesla model 3 17.4%
Detroit, MI Tesla model 3 25.3%
Fresno-Visalia, CA Tesla model 3 38.1%
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI Chevrolet Bolt EV 17.0%
Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC Tesla model 3 31.3%
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC Tesla model 3 21.7%
Harrisburg-Lancaster-York, PA Tesla model 3 20.2%
Hartford & New Haven, CT Tesla model 3 17.4%
Houston, Texas Tesla model 3 31.7%
Indianapolis, IN Tesla model 3 25.7%
Jacksonville, FL Tesla model 3 37.8%
Kansas City, MO Tesla model 3 23.5%
Las Vegas, NV Tesla model 3 27.1%
Los Angeles, CA Tesla model 3 36.3%
Louisville, KY Tesla model 3 26.7%
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL Tesla model 3 30.1%
Milwaukee, WI Chevrolet Bolt EV 21.2%
Minneapolis-St. Paulus, MN Tesla model 3 28.4%
Nashville, TN Tesla model 3 41.4%
New York, NY Tesla model 3 24.9%
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA Tesla model 3 27.2%
Oklahoma City, OK Tesla model 3 26.6%
Orlando-Daytona Beach, FL Tesla model 3 32.3%
Philadelphia, PA Tesla model 3 29.2%
Phoenix, AZ Tesla model 3 24.9%
Pittsburgh, PA Tesla model 3 24.5%
Portland, OR Tesla model 3 23.7%
Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC Tesla model 3 25.0%
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA Tesla model 3 33.0%
Salt Lake City, UT Tesla model 3 23.2%
San Antonio, Texas Tesla model 3 27.2%
San Diego, CA Tesla model 3 30.1%
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA Tesla model 3 28.1%
Seattle-Tacoma, WA Tesla model 3 22.1%
St. Louis, MO Tesla model 3 25.8%
Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota), FL Tesla model 3 22.9%
Washington, DC (Hagerstown, MD) Tesla model 3 31.1%
West Palm Beach – Ft. Pierce, FL Tesla model 3 37.1%

The most popular EV in use is the Tesla Model 3, which earns the distinction in 47 metropolitan areas. The Chevrolet Bolt is the most popular in 2, while the Tesla Model Y is the most popular in one urban area.

If you are interested in purchasing an electric vehicle, be sure to check out our list of Best electric cars.

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Methodology

iSeeCars.com analyzed more than 200,000 used EV sales from a sample of more than 18 million cars sold through 2023. Sales of each EV model were calculated as a percentage of total EV sales to determine the top models per share. Data from the top 25 states with the largest EV sales (as a percentage of total used car sales) was then further analyzed. Within each state, sales of each EV model were recalculated as a percentage of the state’s EV sales to determine the top three models per share.

About iSeeCars

iSeeCars.com is a car search engine that helps shoppers find the best car deals by providing key insights and valuable resources such as iSeeCars’ Free VIN Check and Best Cars rankings. iSeeCars.com has saved users more than $325 million to date by applying big data analytics powered by more than 25 billion (and growing) data points and using proprietary algorithms to objectively analyze millions of new and used cars , scoring and ranking.

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