Let’s Take A Closer Look At How EV Adoption Has Grown Globally

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JAN 1 2018 BY EVANNEX 32


The VW XL1, BMW i8, and Tesla Model S (Image: Stuff)


If you’re reading this, chances are you don’t need to be convinced that electric cars (especially Teslas) are the future. However, most of us often find ourselves having to explain what’s going on to less-enlightened friends, co-workers and relations. For those who read about electric vehicles only in the mainstream press, it’s easy to get the idea that they still “may not catch on,” or to become concerned about imaginary bugaboos like lithium shortages, exploding batteries, etc.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and a new infographic from Title Pro (see below), a company that offers auto loans online, depicts the accelerating rise of e-mobility in an attractive and fun chart that’s easy to understand. If you don’t have the patience to educate your EV-clueless acquaintances, you could do worse than to show them this infographic.

Those who are just starting to learn about electric driving often fail to understand that the current generation of EVs has been evolving for a decade, and that electrification is not a US-only phenomenon but is, in fact, proceeding at a faster pace in Europe and in China’s colossal auto market. Most people also aren’t aware of the large number of plug-in models available. This infographic covers all these bases, weaving a timeline of mobility milestones through a set of charts depicting the geographic spread of EVs and the top models on sale in the US.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris.


The Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S charging in Oslo (Image: Wikipedia Commons)

No, this graphic was not created by EV experts – it contains a few minor inaccuracies and ambiguous statements – in particular, it fails to dispel the all-too-common confusion among hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure EVs. However, it’s an accessible plug-in primer for those who are just learning of the existence of plug-in vehicles (and that’s a larger group of people than you might think).

It also has a certain dilettantish charm that, in a way, offers yet another sign of how far electrification has come. Even auto finance companies are finding it necessary to explain the rise of EVs to their customers these days, an indication that the e-mobility revolution is steadily spreading to every niche in the automotive ecosystem.




Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Title Pro

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX, Check out the site here.

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32 Comments on "Let’s Take A Closer Look At How EV Adoption Has Grown Globally"

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So, worldwide, still dwarfed by natural gas vehicles (at 25 million) but growing nicely. May crack 1% global market share by 2022.

Why so glum chum?

Do you have a link to these natural gas vehicle sales? I am stunned.

I assume we are not talking forklifts. Busses? Or is there a region with ubiquitous natural gas refueling?

I was curious enough to look it up myself. This is the “best” source I can find.


So ~25 million is total fleet. And that includes, light duty vehicles, heavy duty vehicles, fork lifts, busses, and trains.

It lists 160,000 in the US. At least 90%+ of those are busses and fork lifts. It’s a good thing, but definitely an apples and oranges comparison.

It also lists 5,000,000 in China and 4,000,000 in Iran. Both of those numbers seem like estimates and not an detailed count.


Global market share for 2017 is already above 1%.

Did you mean fleet share?

And that includes all the gasmobiles with a plug for tax reasons.

S-curve people, just keep looking at the S-curve not previous growth %

Some perspective the total number of EVs sold in 2016 is still less than just the growth of CE vehicle sales from the previous year and will be same in 2017. It will take a while decades before we even get to parity.

“It will take a while decades before we even get to parity.”

In the segment of motorized passenger vehicles, sales of PEVs will almost certainly reach parity with ICEVs, and then shoot right past that point, within less than two decades. The EV revolution is following the perfectly predictable “S-curve” path of adoption of a new tech during a disruptive tech revolution. PEV sales are growing exponentially, year-on-year.

Other market segments, such as heavy trucks, trains, and ships, may take longer to reach and exceed parity with ICEVs and (as with diesel-electric train locomotives) HEVs.


BMW X5? Aha…

With the new Nissan Leaf and Model 3 we will certainly see a nice 2018 growth. Of course there are also some other new EVs but they’re probably not available in high volume. Nonetheless I’m very interested for example how much Jaguar or Audi will sell of their new high end electric SUVs and how much competition Tesla will feel with its Model X. Really looking forward to 2018 and Happy New Year to everyone.

This is so sad…we are not getting anywhere. This is just like desktop Linux vs Windows monopoly.

Android, king of smartphones, is based on Linux.

By that logic it won’t electric _car_ that takes over but something else. Android phone is not a desktop computer.

Well, most travel in the world is by bicycle or scooter, rather than car, because that is the primary mode of transportation in much of Asia. Last year 34 million e-bikes were sold. But, ev cars will surely win out soon as well, 2018 is the year to watch.

The end of the reign of the ice is apparent. If you took out light-duty trucks, the U.S. would be around 3%. As that % rises every year those that will buy an ice goes down by the same %.
People buy an ev and that’s a lost sale forever for the ice, as 98% of people that buy an evsay they will never buy an ice again.

Do you mean Ford Fusion Energi, instead of Ford Focus Energi? There is a Ford Focus EV that I think needs to be added too…

I am sure you are correct. They must have meant Ford Fusion.

The correct name for the Focus EV is the Ford Focus Electric.

You are correct. Those numbers line up with Fusion Energi sales.

They also messed up calling the Prius Plug-in the Prime. Probably because they are using the same entry for both (but didn’t make it into their 2017 chart due to low numbers).

All these stats where thru 2016-12 and does not include 2017.

Here are some highlights in text including 2017.
2008: Tesla Roadster went on sale as the World’s 1st EV (as opposed to lease).
2010-12: World’s 2nd BEV (Nissan Leaf) and 1st PHV (Chevy Volt) goes on sale.
2015-09: Global plugin vehicle sales cross 1 million units.
Nearly 8 years.
2016-12: Global plugin vehicle sales cross 2 million units.
Just 15 months.
2017-11: Global plugin vehicle sales cross 3 million units.
Just 11 months. Actually its fewer months if we include heavy vehicles.

Between say 1995 and 2005, thousands of NiCad battery powered EV’s (passenger cars and minivans) from the french PSA and Citroen groups where sold in France and found their ways as second-hand cars to the rest of Europe. My 2002 Renault Kangoo is still running strong, although I have replaced the NiCad batteries with lithium batteries some time ago (range: 125 miles in real life driving).

So, Tesla is for shure not the first automaker to have put an EV on sale.

It’s rather amusing to see an article about growing EV adoption illustrated by a picture which prominently features the VW XL1, which had a very limited production run of only 250 units!

The milestones coming soon in the EV revolution are going to be set by models of cars (and light trucks) with a production run measured in hundreds of thousands per year, not in mere hundreds!

Up the EV revolution!

This article is heavy on enthusiasm. Perhaps a person who is not up to speed on EV developments would find this interesting, but who are those people that don’t know what’s going on?

Also, the color scheme doesn’t work well. Hard to match up the colors in the circles with the colors on the bars.

What’s up with the EV market share in the Netherlands? Down from 6,4% in 2016 to 1,7% in 2018. Maybe I’m misreading the graph.

2017 that is…
Still the same question.

I am unsure (not from the Netherlands myself), but as I recall, there were some changes to subsidizing of plug-in vehicles to discourage the over-use of PHEVs…
I hope Someone from the Netherlands can chime in…

More than half of the new passenger car sales in the Netherlands are benefit-in-kind company cars. Most of the fiscal EV stimulus was for these kind of cars.
The simplest, least effective, and cheapest to implement type of PHEV were most popular, like the BMW fake EVs. Many of these cars collected the incentive and were seldom or never plugged-in.
The gasoline was paid for by the company, the electricity was not.
In 2016 the incentives for these cars ended, the sales plummeted.
The sale of pure BEV is growing steadily.

I think the color scheme is all screwed up and changes from year to year. Also, the US numbers don’t match the insideev numbers well.

If automakers including Tesla could make them fast enough we would have 10% Electric vehicles. But many are just making compliance numbers. Most never stock electrics.
NG is a run in a circle with different pollution. Fracking and inefficient engines with thousands of moving ,wearing parts.

I think once there are competitive EV offerings in the volume segments growth will follow:
1) Entry luxury (BMW 3 series) – Model 3
2) Camry/Accord size/price – Clarity PHEV?
3) Rav4/CRV size/price (hottest segment of all in US) – nothing on the map
4) Civic/Corolla size/price – ??
5) Small CUV – Niro/Bolt (missing AWD for some)
6) Full size pickup trucks – Tesla maybe some day

2-6 comprise the top 10 selling vehicles in the US and the ranks of competitive EVs are thin in the space.

Why not wait another week and update the infographic with the 2017 data? It would be great to show that in just its first year, it makes the top 10 in the US.