Which Countries Are Paving The Road To An EV Future?

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AUG 31 2017 BY EVANNEX 26

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Countries worldwide are taking an aggressive stance in order to expedite the transition to electric vehicles. Yet automakers are moving slowly — the Big Three in Detroit are mostly taking a wait-and-see approach with vehicle electrification. And Germany’s finest are also dragging their feet. One automaker, Tesla, is leading the way.


Tesla’s Model X and Model S have set the stage for its new Model 3

Tesla can’t overhaul the industry all by itself. That said, worldwide EV growth is encouraging, The Telegraph explains “as many governments look to cut down their carbon emissions. The production level of electric cars has increased in line with the growing demand. In 2016, there are more than two million electric cars on the roads globally. The number marked 1,500% growth since 2005 when there were slightly more than 1,000 of them… Sales of electric vehicles reached a new record in 2016, with 750,000 new electric vehicles being sold worldwide.”

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Total number of electric cars reached two million units worldwide in 2016 (Source: The Telegraph* via IEA)

Norway remains the worldwide leader (by market share) in electric cars:

“Norway is currently the leader in deploying electric vehicles successfully in its car market. Almost a third of cars sold in 2016 in the country are electric. In one of its cities, Bergen, electric cars have an almost 50pc market share of the year’s sales.”


Norway leads the world in terms of electric vehicle market share (Source: The Telegraph* via IEA)

Norway’s commitment to EV progress is unparalleled worldwide:

“Norway’s success boils [down] to generous subsidies provided by the government. The country first introduced big incentives for electric cars in the 1990s. Electric car-driving Norwegians enjoy exemptions from purchasing taxes, no charges on toll roads, free parking and access to public bus lanes.”

Above: An inside look at the influx of Tesla vehicles throughout Norway (Youtube: Vox)

Major change is also happening in China: “China, the biggest car market in the world, accounts for almost half of the [EV] sales figure in 2016. The country sold a total of 336,000 electric cars in the year… [and] China currently has the highest number of electric cars in the world. About 650,000 electric vehicles are on its roads, representing about a third of the world’s total. It has overtaken the US since 2014 to have the most number of electric vehicles.”


China is the biggest electric car market, by volume, in the world (Source: The Telegraph* via IEA)

India is joining China in setting aggressive EV targets: “China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, has said it wants alternative fuel vehicles to account for at least one-fifth of its 35 million annual vehicle sales projected by 2025. India is mulling even more radical action, with plans to support electrifying all vehicles in the country by 2032… [which] would mean India needs to sell 10 million electric cars in 2030.”


Electric vehicle sales targets set by China and India are the most aggressive (Source: The Telegraph* via IEA)

The UK and France are also moving to the forefront of the EV movement: “The UK Government has committed to banning the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 in a bid to encourage people to switch to electric and hybrid vehicles. The Committee on Climate Change, an independent advisory body, has previously said that electric cars should make up at least 60pc of new cars and vans sold in the UK… [and] France will outlaw the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, its new environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, has announced.”


The UK and France are two of the latest countries setting goals to ban the sales of petrol and diesel cars (Source: The Telegraph* via IEA)

So what would it take for electric cars to become mainstream?

Various experts estimate that demand for electric cars will accelerate, with many revising their forecast figures upwards in 2016. Both Exxon Mobil and BP raised their forecast to 100 million electric cars by 2040 and 2035 respectively from their previous figures. The International Energy Agency more than doubled its base-case electric car forecast for 2030. OPEC also revised its forecast to 266 million electric cars in 2040, almost sixfold the estimate of 46 million in the year prior.”

And with new rumors emerging that the European Union may consider a unified electric car mandate, the future continues to look increasingly bright for zero emissions transport.


*Source: The Telegraph via IEA

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26 Comments on "Which Countries Are Paving The Road To An EV Future?"

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Trump: America LAST.
When you make policy by taking corporate bribes you FAIL.
Nothing new for Repubs. Last to innovation and JOBS.

Idiot made Solar/Wind/EVs POLITICAL.
Took coal money and FAILED.

Michael Will


They have no problem with the 5 trillion global oil industry subsidies since they are lining their pockets with tax payers money. But EV doesn’t feed the same pocket so they slow it down. In the meantime China and others gain headway, if it wasn’t for Tesla the technological leadership would have been lost already.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Make the rebates/incentives a point of sale value in the US and make it available for EVERYONE.

That will accelerate the US EV growth.


Nice idea… but it appears the fossil fuel industry has bought the Republican party, so I doubt something like this would happen.

Hopefully we can keep what’s left of the $7500 tax credit.


If you lease, and if you lease from BMW, BMW Finance will take the fed tax credit off the lease, off the list price. BMW Finance also has other incentives. A good BMW salesperson can list them off for you.

The i3 REX is a fantastic lux sport EV, with a backup plan.


According to Republicans tax credits distort the “market” but they continue to provide depletion allowances for fracked oil wells.


Repubs are paid to distort the market in favor of oil.
But, you’ll never hear Limbaugh discuss the 20 fed tax code advantages they’ve given to frackers.

The. government has more money in a fracking well then the company doing the drilling! That’s why there’s an explosion of fracking, it’s nearly all government money.

Mister G

Americans will continue to drive their gas guzzlers even as they see Texas under 50 inches of water…WTF WAKE UP FOLKS…the s*** has hit the fan


Where were you when the ship hit the sand?
Yeah, low lying, overdeveloped coastal cities are no longer viable, unless extreme remediation measures, such as returning land to marshland, which will never happen, happen these cities will just become unlivable, as just about the time you’ve got them rebuilt, 5 years or more, another 100-500 storm comes along and trashes the place.

80% of people flooded out do not have insurance. The ones that do will file claims with NFIP, nation flood insurance program, which is a bankrupt programs that is $25 billion in the hole. Though it can’t really go bankrupt, but if it was insurance company…
Normal underwriters will not insure these homeowners thus the NFIP.

Mister G

A woman was being interviewed on NPR and she said that Harvey is the 3rd time they have been flooded out in the past 3 years…the kicker is she wants to rebuild for the 3rd time WTF?


Yeah, we have to kill those kinds of programs. The idea of building in bad areas and the rest of society financing it makes little sense.


The reference is to WW II, when all hell broke loose, the proverbial s… had hit the Fan?
This question, was sometimes asked of others who were not around when it did.


They only hear Fox News Preach their religion.
They literally. believe no one else.
This is how the party will die.

Brave Lil' Toaster
To say that Norway offers “generous incentives” to EV buyers isn’t very accurate. It’s not like they take off some chunk of the MSRP of an electric car. No, what they do, and have been doing since hybrids became a thing, is they put a *very steep* tax on all cars, relative to their carbon emissions. They also put a high tax on imported vehicles (which is nearly all of them). The result of these taxes is that you basically have to pay twice as much on any gas car in Norway as you would in Germany. Unless it’s electric, that is. Then you pay *no tax*. This means that the government isn’t sending you, or your dealership money for buying an EV, they’re just charging the living crap out of everything else, and nothing if you buy the “right” car. In effect, the government doesn’t spend money on incentivising EVs, they just don’t make as much money on them. This isn’t the same as America’s offer of a big tax refund for EV buyers. Republicans in America of course, would still complain mightily about this kind of scheme. They neither want the government to charge extra for polluting cars,… Read more »
Mister G

And don’t forget to mention that Norway has a $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund from selling oil.

Micke Larsson

Why should he mention that?

Mister G

It is a fun fact to share…I mean a trillion dollars is a trillion dollars…1000 billion dollars WOW

Tim Miser

Do they still tax a Tesla because it is an import?

john doe

No tax, no VAT.
But with a range extender you would have to. Or a hybrid.

But you have to pay VAT on a e-vike. .

Micke Larsson

All cars in Norway are imports. 🙂


“In effect, the government doesn’t spend money on incentivising EVs, they just don’t make as much money on them. This isn’t the same as America’s offer of a big tax refund for EV buyers.”

There are some differences between the way Norway and the USA incentivize buying EVs, but in both cases it’s merely a matter of the government collecting less in tax.

In the USA, those who have their employer deduct from their regular paycheck to pay the Federal income tax, so you have to wait for the yearly tax refund to actually get the incentive for buying an EV. But that doesn’t mean it’s fundamentally different, in accounting terms.

The biggest difference is that, in the USA, if you don’t earn enough income (or if you are not an American citizen, so don’t pay Federal taxes in the USA — Hi, Jay Cole!), then you don’t get all of the refund.


Paying federal tax in the US has nothing do with citizenship. i have been paying both federal and state taxes for a while and i am not a citizen.


Repubs only complain about what their paid to complain about. There’s no logic or principle involved.
Just the check.


It is not about not just about countries, it is also about individuals who believe that electric cars that are not just clean but also much much more efficient , cheaper and off course more reliable choice.

Mark C

It seems all the comments refer to oil industry subsidies as a Trump thing. And crooked politicians, that isn’t exactly a one-party thing either.

These subsidies have been going on for 100 years, give or take a couple. He may not be a spring chicken, but I’m pretty sure President Trump didn’t start the fossil fuel subsidies.


what is interesting is that by end of this year, I expect America to be close to CHina in % EVs, while next year, America will jump way up there. 400-500K is a LOT of cars, esp since the ICE vehicle sales are plummeting.