Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market Share 2X Higher In China Than U.S.

APR 17 2018 BY MARK KANE 12

Thanks to generous incentives and the size of the market, China has quickly become the largest market for plug-in electric cars.

According to the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, sales of plug-in vehicles in China amounted around 550,000 last year, compared to nearly 200,000 in the U.S.

Also, in terms of market share, China has an edge over the U.S. – some 2.3% of new vehicles were plug-ins in 2017, while the U.S. onlyreached 1.1%.

Read Also – 2018 March US Plug-In EV Sales Charted: Market Up 42%

The other difference is that China is more BEV-focused, while in the U.S. there is a similar number of all-electric and plug-in hybrid sales.

China PEV Sales and PEV Market Share, 2010-2017 (source:

U.S. PEV Sales and PEV Market Share, 2010-2017 (source:

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.

United States – Argonne National Laboratory, Light-Duty Electric Drive Vehicles Monthly Sales Update Program, March 20, 2018.”


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Q1 2018: 140,000+ Plug-Ins

2018 Total: Is 1 million Plug-Ins possible?

China has 4.25 times the population of the US and sold only 2 times as many plug-ins. So per capita the US sold over twice as many plug-ins.

It’s just that China sells less cars per person so on paper plug-in sales make up a larger percent of overall sales in China vs. the US because less people own cars.

If people can get around without using cars, that’s even better. The goal should be reducing emissions, not simply buying cars.

Ummm….no comment.

I’m only responding to the headline with a factual observation. It claims plugin market share is 2x in China what it is in US.

This is true. But it fails to qualify what this means in the scheme of things.

For example. Would you get a complete picture of a product market comparison if you said that country A had 100x the market share in their country of a certain product compared to country B without disclosing that country A’s market size was 1/1000th of that of country B?

You miss the point: Chinese Leadership is looking into the future while US leadership decided to look for progress in their asses.

I’m not making any point. I’m not saying that the US is better than China. Just pointing out that 2x the market share of a smaller market per capita means something.

….and California’s plug-in market share is more than double China’s.

I am sure you will find a region on CHina that beats California, so what?

So it was that Americans have a hard time accepting that China is the real deal and a threat to American supremacy.

The Chinese look forward and are creating a real market and a new car industry. The US is looking backwards.

Do you still remember the times when there were no Japanese cars in the US? Well, have a good and conscious look around you today, because these will be the last days you don’t see Chinese cars on US roads.

Well, those market shares are only related to the crowded population of China. Actually more or less, also related to people’s approach to owning an electric car idea. Americans still have the DNAs of ‘bigger is better’ mentality, coming from old days, and more cylinders with more power are still preferably comparing to an electric engine. On the other hand, Chinese people are looking for a cheaper means of transportation. Here it says, that one of the leading American electric car makers Tesla is planning to produce the cheapest electric car soon, for just $25.000. Obviously those innovations will suppress the conventional engined cars, sooner or later, and electric cars will earn the place they deserve in the industry.