Sales volume of electric cars in Italy 2009-2018

The number of electric vehicles sold in Italy increased significantly from only 62 units in 2009 to over 1.8 thousand units by the end of 2017. In 2018, the number of electric cars sold in Italy more than doubled on the previous year, reaching nearly five thousand units. By comparison, there were 279 thousand electric vehicles sold in China, and 62 thousand units sold in Norway in 2017.

Market share of newly registered PEV

The market share of newly registered passenger electric vehicles (PEV) in Italy in 2018 was 0.3 percent for battery electric vehicles and 0.3 percent for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, 0.6 percent for PEV in total. In contrast, the market share of newly registered PEV was 48.3 percent in Norway and 18.8 percent in Iceland in the same year. The market share of PEV in the neighbouring country France was 2 percent.

What are the main reasons of Italians for choosing an electric car?

According to a 2018 survey, 57 percent of the respondents reported that one of the main reasons for choosing an electric car was the economic advantages. Other reasons were due to the fuelling, and due to the performance of electric cars. Another survey highlights that low recharge costs, and tax incentives of at least 15-20 percent, were key reasons for choosing an electric car in Italy in 2018.

Number of electric cars sold in Italy from 2009 to 2018

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2018

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