The International Energy Agency has released its new Global EV Outlook 2017 report on the occasion of two million (passenger) plug-in electric vehicles being sold worldwide - which was actually reached at the end of 2016.

2017 Nissan LEAF

2017 Nissan LEAF

As it turns out, more than 95% of those cars were sold in just 10 countries:

  • China - 648,770
  • United States - 563,710
  • Japan - 151,250
  • Norway - 133,260
  • Netherlands - 112,010
  • UK - 86,420
  • France - 84,000
  • Germany - 72,730
  • Sweden - 29,330
  • Canada - 29,270
  • Others 87,480
Yet those two millions still represent just 0.2% of total number of cars in the world.

Prepare yourself for some charting Nirvana!

Electric car stock (BEV and PHEV) by country, 2005-16 (thousands) (source: IEA)

Electric car stock (BEV and PHEV) by country, 2005-16 (thousands) (source: IEA)

Electric cars (BEV and PHEV), new registrations by country, 2005-16 (thousands) (source: IEA)

Electric cars (BEV and PHEV), new registrations by country, 2005-16 (thousands) (source: IEA)

Electric cars (battery electric and plug-in hybrid), market share by country, 2005-16 (source: IEA)

Electric cars (battery electric and plug-in hybrid), market share by country, 2005-16 (source: IEA)

Publicly accessible charging stations (source: IEA)

Publicly accessible charging stations (source: IEA)

According to the IEA, sales should reach 9-20 million by 2020 and 40-70 million by 2025.

Deployment scenarios for the stock of electric cars to 2030 (source: IEA)

Deployment scenarios for the stock of electric cars to 2030 (source: IEA)

More insights and comparisons can be found here: International Energy Agency: Global EV Outlook 2017 - Two million and counting