New Study Shows Which Countries Lead & Trail In Electric Car Adoption


The variation between countries is significant, indicates a new study by GoCompare.

The case example pointed out below is for Canada, but the interactive graphic allows for you to pick and choose what you’re searching for.

There are 23,620 electric cars in Canada, ranking the country 13th out of the 30 International Energy Agency (IEA) member countries analysed for the research. There are more electric cars in countries such as Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland – all smaller than Canada.

Canada, the second largest country in the world by area, had 5,841 charging points for electronic cars making it the ninth best equipped. In comparison, the tiny Netherlands comes third with 32,875 charging points. This means Canada has the seventh worst charging point network with just 0.56 charging points every 100 kilometres, compared to 23.25 in the Netherlands.

All charging points and petrol stations combined, the proportion of charging points in Canada is just 28 percent, the seventh lowest among the IEA member countries. This means 5,841 charging points against 15,000 petrol stations. In the best-performing Norway the proportion of charging points is 87 percent, while China comes third with 68 percent.

The below graph is available for all IEA member countries here



Image: GoCompare

Highest number of electric cars

With 1,227,770 cars, China has the highest electric car stock in the IEA countries. Canada comes 13th with 23,620 electric cars. There’s one electric car to every 1,554 Canadians, while there’s one to every 30 Norwegians.

  1. China – 1,227,770 electric cars
  2. United States – 762,060
  3. Japan – 205,350
  4. Norway – 176,310
  5. United Kingdom – 133,670
  6. Netherlands – 119,340
  7. France – 118,770
  8. Germany – 109,560
  9. Sweden – 49,671
  10. Belgium – 31,630

Highest number of charging points

China, the fourth largest country in the world by area, has more charging points than any other country, while Canada comes ninth with the second largest area.

  1. China – 213,903
  2. United States – 45,868
  3. Netherlands – 32,875
  4. Japan – 28,879
  5. Germany – 24,289
  6. France – 15,978
  7. United Kingdom – 13,534
  8. Norway – 10,350
  9. Canada – 5,841
  10. Korea – 5,612

Lowest number of charging points per 100km

Some electric cars have a range of less than 100 kilometres. With an average of 0.56 charging points every 100 kilometres (or one every 200 kilometres), Canada has the seventh poorest network.

  1. Australia – 0.05 charging points per 100km
  2. Poland – 0.13
  3. Hungary – 0.13
  4. Finland – 0.19
  5. Mexico – 0.39
  6. Czechia – 0.47
  7. Canada – 0.56
  8. Italy – 0.56
  9. Estonia – 0.65
  10. USA – 0.68

The Netherlands has the highest number of charging points per 100 kilometres with 23.25 charging points every 100 kilometres.

Lowest number of cars per charging point

Canada has the tenth lowest number of electric cars per charging point. It only has 4.04 cars per charger, while Iceland has as many as 77.72.

  1. Mexico – 0.60
  2. Slovakia – 1.88
  3. Ireland – 2.66
  4. Czech Republic – 3.08
  5. Poland – 3.21
  6. Estonia – 3.22
  7. Spain – 3.41
  8. Netherlands – 3.63
  9. Denmark – 3.86
  10. Canada – 4.04

Lowest proportion of charging points against petrol stations

These are the worst-performing countries for the number of charging points against the number of petrol stations. The percentage represents the portion of charging points which in Canada is 28 percent, ranking the country seventh worst.

  1. Australia – 7%
  2. Poland – 8%
  3. Mexico – 12%
  4. Italy – 12%
  5. Hungary – 12%
  6. Czechia – 14%
  7. Canada – 28%
  8. United States – 29%
  9. Spain – 31%
  10. Finland – 31%

What we analysed

GoCompare set out to see which countries are best-prepared for the future of electric cars by looking at the following factors:

  • The number of publicly accessible charging points per kilometre of each country’s road network.
  • The number of petrol stations vs the number of publicly accessible charging points in each country.
  • Each country’s electric car stock (including battery electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars) vs its number of publicly accessible charging points.
  • The number of normal power* and fast power** charging points that are publicly accessible.

*normal power charging points mean > 3.7 kW and ≤ 22 kW
**fast power charging points means AC 43 kW chargers, DC chargers, inductive and Tesla Superchargers

Source: GoCompare

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43 Comments on "New Study Shows Which Countries Lead & Trail In Electric Car Adoption"

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baloney,only Quebec had 40.000 EVs in 2018 december 31………………(fake news???)

> Data on electric and plug-in hybrid cars and electric charging stock is correct for every country up until the end of 2017

It’s not fake. Just out of date, especially considering 2018 was the biggest year yet for EV’s.

There is only 17000 full electric car in Québec. See the link
38000 if you count PHEV.

This analysis only considers all-electric passenger cars. Norway, for example, has about 290,000 light-duty electric vehicles, and this analysis seems to exclude all-electric utility vans and plug-in hybrid cars. China has well over 2 million plug-in cars. The analysis is also missing the cut date for these figures.

Who makes these light duty electric vehicles, and why haven’t we heard of this?

Light-duty EVs includes plug-in passenger cars and utility vans, such as the Renualt Kangoo ZE, Nissan e-NV 200. In Europe this type of vehicle is common, sales are led by the Kangoo ZE with over 35,000 since inception.

If you look at the website under information I in lower left hand corner. You’ll see the cut off date is the end of 2017. It also says it includes Electric and Plug-In Hybrid electric cars. It also provides the data for all countries.
I don’t know if you think a FORKLIFT is a light Duty Electric Vehicle, but it’s not included in the data.

Thx for the clarification. We are talking highway-capable, so no forklifts nor low-speed NEVs.

Hey I’m sorry just joking, but I was surprised that Norway has so many EV’s. 290,000 seemed way to high for a country with only about 5 million people. Glad to see Norway is serious about renewable energy Climate Change and EV’s.

Just trying to understand the numbers. According to InsideEVs, the USA has 616,992 BEVs as of end of 2018, and 743,475 total of BEVs and PHEVs at end of 2017. Not sure what date the study is based on but 762,020 suggest to me it is on 2017, possibly includes trucks/vans and PHEVs.

I wonder how California would rate in this study if it was counted as a separate country?

California had 365,000 Electric or Plug-In Hybrid cars or 5.83% of all cars through December 2018.

This is not good if China already has almost 50% more EV’s.
That means UNIT COST for China will be the lowest in the world.
If the Chinese companies STANDARDIZE on Electric Motor Production, then this whole new industry will go to China. Like the Camera business is owned by Japan.

Trump admin better get on the ball.
This is a national economic Threat.

China has a heck of a lot more people than the USA…
Perhaps the measurement needs to take into consideration the size of population.
As China has more than twice the population of the USA, the number of EV’s per million of population will be lower.
The more EV’s we have, the less CO2 etc that is emitted by the non EV Vehicles which is good for the world as a whole.

The size of the population justifies larger factories, with lower unit cost.
That could be deadly for exports from China into other markets.

China doesn’t have the best solar panels, for example, Panasonic does.
But, China has the cheapest solar panels.

Only if they are allowed to. There are reasons why the EU and the US have tariffs and restrictions on Chinese panels.

Wrong assumptions joe. China has a population more than 5 times that of USA. No way Chinese bev builder vehicles will pass all the required, evolving safety regs here in the states…or Europe. That could change if China somehow becomes far less corrupt n actually cares what happens to people….democracy by late next decade??
Meaning China in tyranny or democratic form could theoretically have the highest vehicle safety standards in the world. They are a loooong way off now but look at what China will do on the bev front in the next few years….if they did the same with regards to vehicle safety, they could improve dramatically in a short number of years.

Like any new industry. The Chinese just have the number (manpower).

The China numbers include all sorts of cars that are barely above NEVs and could never be sold in the USA or Europe.

Also, China severely limits registrations for ICE vehicles now but gives out EV registrations freely.

I like that they are doing those things but it makes these comparison very skewed.

I don’t blame Canada much for such dismal rankings in this analysis…although I understand Quebec is trying to CA like programs to encourage, require ev adoption in their province.
But many Canadians have long distances to travel in often freezing cold, slippery road conditions. Of course Canada has a lot of oil too.

What many Canadians need is a safe, long range, awd bev that doesn’t cost way too much. Hello model Y! I think by the time the model Y eventually reaches Canada the Tesla network will be much more extensive up there. That fact and the great attributes of the model Y should result in a very high per capita country sales rate for the model Y in Canada. Sure the model Y won’t be cheap for most Canadians but many will flock to it and how well it will perform for them in Canada year round.

The other problem is a very large percentage of the population lives in the south portions of the country which happens to also be where all the charging stations tend to be, The northern part of the country is very very large but has relatively few people.

On the other hand we need more chargers along the trans-Canada highway and other highways to make really long distance trips over 1000 kilometers a lot easier to plan.

Yeah I don’t know how these people who do this ‘analysis’ comes up with this stuff. Almost all live not far from the southern border. The Ultimate Land Mass of the country means little if no one wants to live there.

Most population in Canada is concentrated to urban areas. Most residents in those areas have more than one car (because public transit sucks big time everywhere in Canada). Very few actually travel regularly long distances. Canada might be large country, but most use the cars just like the rest of the world. It does get colder up here in winter month, that is true, when compared to good half of the US, for example.

Actually, nice idea to grab state, but really not useful. I would look at multiple other things: First would be deciding if these are commercial, or personal, or all? Far too many stats are being mixed. I would actually choose personal, since commercial will work itself out shortly. Secondly, when doing personal, it makes far more sense to see: 1) how many new EVs / total passenger sales? 2) how many EVs / fleet (i.e. how total out of all cars that are registered). 3) how many capitia / EV ( while EV / capitia makes more sense, using a whole number makes it easier to understand)? 4) nations are different sizes all over. the idea of comparing say Russia, Australia or Canada for land mass vs EV chargers against others is really kind of a joke. Australia and Canada are all about their borders. Their interiors have relatively few ppl. Russia is all about their Western border. To compare these is really kind of bizarre. It is as bad as doing CO2 / capitia (esp since the majority of CO2 comes from business/gov decisions , not individuals). 5) Level 2 and Fast Chargers / EV really makes more sense.… Read more »

I’m surprised we rate that well. Especially considering the EV infrastructure desert here on the Prairies.

Especially considering our government is just following the Harper agenda, but with a happier face. The Liberals have exactly the same policies as the previous Con government, and are actively working to INCREASE our CO2 emissions exponentially. Do they think they’re fooling anybody when they claim they’re working to decrease CO2 emissions while at the same time trying to push through a diluted tar pipeline?

Really, Harper had the same agenda as Trudeau???? Now, I have heard it all ….

The Trudeau government, in conjunction with the Canadian oil industry, was found to support killing solar panels in the US.

The world has 196 countries: seems obvious to me that only a small fraction were analysed.
(ie. so-called “first world” countries)
Sad reality is that in most of those 196 countries EVs are as rarely seen or sighted as UFOs – just as most humans/earthlings rarely or never talk about climate change, environmental meltdown or green alternatives to the status quo – and if they do it’s usually still just to mock and ridicule environmental activitists and all things green.
Paul G

The web site lists 28 countries on it. I assume those are the only countries with EV’s

Plenty of EVs in many of the other countries…but as you are from a western country you generally only count four wheeler 2-ton+ monsters carrying a single person.

What you should be doing is looking at electric two- and three wheelers…

What other countries have “plenty” of EVs? Do you have names and numbers? Please be specific.

No per capita numbers? Really?

Charging points:
United States – 45,868
Netherlands – 32,875
Germany – 24,289
France – 15,978

Holy smokes at the Netherlands. They must of have had some massive subsidy for installing charging points.

And Germany….that’s a lot of chargers for your relatively small country and weak EV sales.

I guess the thing is that Europe have far fewer single family homes so they are much more dependent on public chargers for street charging.

Your last paragraph is very correct. The chargers are for profit venues ….. No freebies.

Though if you include homes as charge points, then the picture changes drastically.

Total numbers are pointless, you need per capita numbers in order to really understand the magnitude of ev adoption in a specific country.

Per capita might still skew data, since population demographics are very different per country.
However, your comment makes sense to me.

Considering several metrics, I would be curious if adding weights to these numbers affect the outcome.

# chargers per EV
# chargers per km of road
# chargers per km of road, weighed against EV distance travelled on that road
# chargers per EV distance driven
# chargers per kwh charged (factors in differences in efficiencies)

Ofcourse, getting the data might not be as easy…

@Mr. Loveday: Would you give us insight in your view on the above?

graphical presentation would be helpful

Learn javascript, and get cracking.

Even where raw statistics are up to date and impeccably compiled, they are very often deceptive, and I’m not sure these statistics even measure up on that first measure. Countries that are big and empty are very different from countries that are small and densely populated . I think we know that already!

In the world of international EV comparisons, there is really only one big story. Norway. Norway is showing us, today, where the rest of us will be in a decade, if we work at it.

Not suhure this info is very meaningfull like number of charge station per 100KM, Canada is the 2nd biggest country, but only has 10% of the USA population, so populaton density as to be taken into account. In Canada, you have most peoples in a couple of big city, the the rest of the country is mostly empty.

Yeah something like 15% of ALL CANADIANS live in metro Toronto. It is rather hard to extrapolate that to the entire land mass.

Why are they comparing to land mass? lol wouldn’t comparing to population make more sense.