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The statistic shows the worldwide number of electric vehicles from 2012 to 2016. There were some 200,000 electric vehicles in use globally in 2013.


Number of electric vehicles in use

In light of increasing worldwide acceptance of electric transmission vehicles, a growing number of automakers are intending to tap into the market for electric vehicles. The world’s best-selling battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles include Nissan’s Leaf and Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid. California-based Tesla Motors is currently the only carmaker that assembles electric vehicles exclusively.

In 2012, the Netherlands held an eight percent market share of worldwide plug-in vehicle sales, making it the third largest target market for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that year, while Norway is ranked as the largest market for all-electric vehicles. Tesla’s electric Model S outsold the Volkswagen Golf on monthly sales in September 2013, to become the best-selling car in Norway. The growing demand for electric cars in Norway is triggered by the government’s generous incentives including subsidies, exemptions from tolls and free parking. In 2013, the Californian automobile manufacturer announced its plans for expansion across the European Union and other European markets. In July 2014, Tesla and Panasonic paved the way for the construction and operation of the world's largest battery factory in the United States. In the fourth quarter of 2015, Tesla delivered about 17,400 vehicles worldwide.

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