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DOE: China alone accounted for 42% of global plug-in vehicle sales in 2016

About 756,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) were sold in the world in 2016, with 95% of those sales in China, Europe, the United States, Japan, and Canada, according to figures compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE). China alone accounted for 42% of sales (316,800 units).

China’s 2016 PEV sales grew by 53% from 2015’s 207,000 units—most of which were all-electric vehicles (EV) (244,400 units, or 77%). PHEV sales reached 72,400 units in 2016 in China. By comparison, US PHEV sales in 2016 were 72,900 units, slightly outpacing China; however, US battery-electric vehicles sales were only 86,700.

All of the European countries combined had 11% PEV sales growth from 2015 to 2016 (209,300 units), with an EV share of 44% (91,300 units). The United States PEV market grew by 40% during the same time frame, with over half (54%) of sales being EV in 2016. Japan’s PEV market grew by 7%, with a 63% share of EV in 2016.

Plug-in vehicle sales by vehicle type, 2015 and 2016. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge.



Don't panic folks, evs are already declining in japan since last november and the nissan note e-power serial hydrid is on top of the sale charts. 85 mpg... That's a lot of gas saving mpg, LOL.

Brent Jatko

I'm not in a panic, fool. I'm patiently waiting on China to serve as an improvement test bed for cars that will eventually be sold in the USA after "President" tRump is impeached or jailed for his misdeeds.


If the current trend is maintained, imported (made in China-South Korea-Japan-EU) HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs and FCEVs may quickly take a major part of the American (USA) e-car market, unless Americans wake up and...?

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