Electric vehicle index - leading countries worldwide 2018

China and the United States were the countries at the forefront of the transition to electric mobility in 2018. China led the way in terms of industry and market size, while France was the leading country for the technological development of electric vehicles.

Chinese market on the road to success

The E-mobility index uses three key indicators to compare the competitive positions of some of the leading automotive nations worldwide: technology, industry, and market. China was ranked as the leading country for market size, and customer demand is certainly high, with estimates suggesting around 2.3 million electric vehicles were in use across China in 2018.

France making inroads into EV technology

France led the E-mobility index for technology and further aims to strengthen its position by financially supporting the electric vehicle battery industry. French manufacturers, including Renault, Peugeot, and Citroen, look set to benefit as they continue to expand their range of electric vehicles – the Renault Zoe was one of the leading electric cars in Europe in 2018. Greater competition from German manufacturers is expected over the forthcoming years, with firms such as BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen investing more in electric mobility.

Leading countries in the field of electromobility according to the Electric Vehicle Index in 2018

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July 2018



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Supplementary notes

Technology: National e-mobility R&D programs (research grants and subsidies), as well as technological improvements implemented by domestic OEMs.
Industry: Cumulative domestic production of BEVs and PHEVs; cumulative national component and system production.
Market: EV market size, based on current customer demand.

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