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Global (PH)EV fleet beyond 2-million mark

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), there are more than two million electric vehicles in the world since last year. That is one of the elements can be found in its 2017 Global EV Outlook, which also shows that China has by far the largest appetite for electric vehicles. By the latter, IEA means both battery-powered and plug-in hybrid vehicles, but not ‘plain’ hybrids.

The number includes cars, buses, scooters and low-speed electric vehicles. Remarkably, the People’s Republic’s ‘pure EV’ sales went up by 75 percent last year, compared to 22 percent in the United States. In 2016, China’s new EV sales were three times as high as the U.S.A’s, namely 257,000. This acceleration made it jump into first place on a global scale.

In Europe, especially the Netherlands turn green (+47 percent), followed by France (+26 percent). Norway remains the biggest EV market – 29 percent of all cars sold in 2016 were electric, but its growth curve seems to flatten out. According to the IEA report, mainly plug-in hybrids seem to invade Norwegian roads.

IEA states that despite the positive outlook for EVs, it is undeniable that the current electric car market uptake is largely influenced by the policy environment. That is demonstrated by plummeting EV sales in Denmark, folloiwing the government's recent decision to abolish financial incentives.

11/06/2017  |  Dieter Quartier

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