Plug-In Electric Car Sales By Brand Origin In 2017


Further analysis of the plug-in electric car market by EV Sales Blog leads us to the conclusion that almost every second plug-in car sold is produced by Chinese brands.


Some 576,871 plug-ins gave China 47% share (up from 6% in 2013, 17% in 2014, 31% in 2015 and 43% in 2016).

There are not many countries in the upper ranks and most of them are losing share.

Germany (208,563) was second at 18%, but last year it held 19%.

U.S. (187,351) was third at 15%, but in 2017 that figure was 17%.

Japan (129,479), France (47,550) and South Korea (40,580) achieved respectively 11%, 4% and 3%.

Will U.S. manufacturers ever be able to achieve results like 31% in 2013? It’s looking like no with China’s never-ending surge now.

See Also – Plug-In Electric Car Sales Hit Record Of 173,000 in December (1,224,000 in 2017)

Source: EV Sales Blog

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11 responses to "Plug-In Electric Car Sales By Brand Origin In 2017"
  1. Gabriel says:

    Is this counting only the BEVs? And does the German figure include the BMW i3 REx?

    1. Roy_H says:

      It says plug-ins, so yes it includes i3 Rex and all the MB plug-in hybrids.

    2. Taylor S Marks says:

      Does a single BEV come out of Germany? I guess there’s the i3 without the REX…

      but Germany’s figures wouldn’t be anywhere near as high if you limited it to BEVs only.

      1. Omicron says:

        I count at least five pure BEVs:

        BMW i3/i3s, VW e-Up!, VW e-Golf, Smart ForTwo ED, Smart ForFour ED.

        There’s at least two new ones coming out this year, maybe three. But yeah, there are many plug-in hybrids available from BMW and Daimler right now.

      2. Warren says:

        Well, if you count non-Chinese makes, the eGolf is in the top three. And contrary to what many would believe, Germany worldwide beats the US. As far as the i3, irex or not, it is pretty much a BEV with TWICE the range of the nearest PHEV Volt. And pretty much no one buys the irex to cruise around on petrol. Even though the i3 is expensive ffor what you get, it seems the rest of the world seems to know that it is a great car.

  2. Roy_H says:

    China will remain the largest market for the foreseeable future. Their policies will insure that a vast majority are built in China by Chinese owned companies. So it is pretty much a given we will see China in number one spot for a long time. China is also the only country working on LFTR clean, safe nuclear power with almost no radioactive waste. See This will give China an enormous advantage to become the leader in lowering world pollution and cheap power so they can build everything at lower cost. No other country appears to have the will to improve itself like China, most want status quo making sure the richest remain on top.

    1. Erwin says:

      They already have a huge nuclear fusion power plant. No maintenance. Nuclear waste is dumped for free. It’s in the sky.

      1. Mikael says:

        Maybe you could give them a number to technical support? They have been having a problem with the nuclear fusion power plant producing energy with great variance throughout the day and shutting off in the afternoon.

  3. PHEVfan says:

    “Brand origin” is an interesting term, and I think quite misleading. EG: Ford is a US brand, but their Fusion Energi is built in Mexico. So as a “brand origin” it counts for the US, and most of its sales are in the us, but the car is built in another country.

    I’m not sure that BMW builds all their PHEVs in Germany with the plants they have in the US, but I don’t know for sure.

    1. Mikael says:

      It’s not misleading at all. It is very clear what it means.

      If you want to know where the cars were built you could do such a chart yourself. Not that it’s very interesting since you can put a factory in any country, it’s not like you need much skills to work on the floor and make cars.

      1. PHEVfan says:

        Maybe misleading was not the best term.

        Pointless would be better. If a company headquartered in one country builds a car in a second country and sells it in a third country, but this graph counts it in the first country, there is nothing to be gained from the graph.

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