China: biggest plug-in car market, high rate of growth and high market share.

Since 2015, the Chinese plug-in electric car market accelerated so much that now way ahead of the U.S. and Europe and even both combined.

The latest comparison provided by the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy illustrates how big the difference is between China and other big markets.

In 2018, more than 1 million plug-in electric cars were sold in China at an average of 8.1% market share. Most of those cars were BEVs. In the case of Europe, it was 386,000, while the U.S. was 3rd at 361,000 (both at an average of around 2% market share).



The combined total of light-duty all-electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) sold in China in 2018 was over 1 million, or 8.1% of the light-duty vehicle market there. This compared to 386,000 plug-in vehicles sold in Europe and 361,000 plug-in vehicles in the United States – about 2% of the market in both places. Europe’s plug-in vehicle sales have been nearly equally split between EV and PHEV since 2015, while more EV than PHEV have been sold in China and the United States.

Sources: China - Data summarized by Argonne National Laboratory from Hewu WANG, Xu HAO. Data Base of Electric Vehicle Production in China, State Key Laboratory of Automotive Safety and Energy, Tsinghua University.

Europe - European Alternative Fuels Observatory.

United States - Argonne National Laboratory, Light-Duty Electric Drive Vehicles Monthly Sales Update Program, March 25, 2019.