Electric Car Sales Are Surging In China
A report from the International Energy Agency provided an overview of the global EV market in 2017. China had the highest sales of battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles of any nation by a considerable distance with 579,000 sold in total. They have a 2.2 percent market share which is more than EVs can boast in the U.S. where they only have a 1.2 percent of slice of the automobile market.
U.S. drivers bought 198,350 EVs last year while in France, 118,770 were sold. Norway has a famous love affair with the electric car, boosting its market with generous incentives and exceptional infrastructure. In 2017, sales were still strong with 62,260 EVs sold and a market share of 39 percent. The technology is still struggling for traction on developing countries where infrastructure and road quality still have a long way to go. Last year, only 2,000 EVs were sold in India while in Brazil, sales only amounted to a very disappointing 300 vehicles.
This chart shows electric vehicle sales (BEV and PHEV) by country in 2017.