Last spring, the number of plug-in electric vehicles sold worldwide surpassed 1.5 million, with a 15% increase in sales during the first five months of 2016 alone.
Who are the leaders when it comes to market share? The small European nations of Norway and the Netherlands are racing ahead in sales globally. In December 2016, for instance, more than 11,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the Netherlands (the top-selling EV is the Volkswagen Passat GTE). Sales in the massive economies of China and the U.S. (dominated by sales in California) are accelerating too. Canada hasn’t made it to the list yet, but below is a ranking of the countries that represent the top 10 by market share in 2015.
World’s top-selling EV: Nissan Leaf, with 46,805 vehicles sold globally by November 2016
Source: Axsen, J., S. Goldberg, J. Bailey, G. Kamiya, B. Langman, J. Cairns, M. Wolinetz, and A. Miele (2015). Electrifying Vehicles: Insights from the Canadian Plug-in Electric Vehicle Study. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.