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Electric Car Use by Country 2024

Many experts believe widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is a critical component of any meaningful action to curb climate change. Though EVs are an imperfect solution with their own environmental baggage, certain nations are leading the “charge” to reduce fossil fuel emissions and paving the way for a cleaner tomorrow.

China Leads the Way

China, the undisputed leader in the electric vehicle market, currently boasts over 5 million EVs on its roads. China’s not showing any signs of slowing down, either: experts project nearly 13 million EVs in China by the end of 2023.

Europe Making Progress

Europe accounted for over 32% of the world’s EV ownership by the end of 2021, with 5.5 million EVs on its roads. With nearly 220,000 light electric commercial vehicles in service, Europe is also an essential bulwark against commercial and corporate interests working against the accomplishments of private EV owners.

While the ownership of electric passenger and commercial vehicles is important, so is powering their batteries through sustainable sources. Many people cite environmental impacts, such as mining for battery components or charging vehicles from “dirty” power sources, as one of the key drawbacks to electric cars.

Albania has found a unique solution to the puzzle. The country generates all its electricity from hydroelectric power, which has boosted its image as one of the best places to own an electric car and truly reduce emissions.

Limited Success in the Americas

From the introduction of the first electric vehicles to the end of 2021, plug-in car sales in the United States totaled 2.32 million. Most were in California, where automakers sold 1 million plug-in cars by November 2021. Various factors, including market pricing, limited accessibility of charging stations, and expiring governmental-sponsored financial incentives for buyers, hamper EV adoption in the US.

Costa Rica has emerged as a leader in the all-electric passenger car segment in the Americas as of 2022, with 4,854 light-duty all-electric vehicles and 1,098 all-electric motorcycles in operation.

A Bright Future for EVs

Electric car use varies wildly by country, with government policies, price concerns, and a growing charging infrastructure directly influencing purchases. However, it’s clear electric vehicles are here to stay, with countries worldwide driving toward a more sustainable future.

- The electric vehicles (EV) category includes both Battery-Powered Electric Vehicles (BEVs)and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). Data for both types are displayed.
- Percentage data refers to the percentage of EV vehicle sales/stocks as a portion of total vehicle sales/stocks in each country.
- European countries other than those listed accounted for combined 2022 sales of 53,000 BEVs / 25,000 PHEVs (7% of total), and stocks of 160,000 BEVs and 87,000 PHEVs (0.5% of total).
- Unlisted countries across the rest of the world accounted for combined 2022 sales of 25,000 BEVs / 5,300 PHEVs (0.28% of total) and stocks of 57,000 BEVs / 21,000 PHEVs (0.05% of total).

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Country
BEV Sales 2020
BEV Stock 2020
PHEV Sales 2020
PHEV Stock 2020
China920,0003,500,000220,000990,000
United States230,0001,100,00064,000640,000
Germany190,000330,000200,000300,000
United Kingdom110,000190,00068,000220,000
France110,000280,00075,000130,000
Norway77,000340,00029,000150,000
Netherlands73,000180,00015,000110,000
Canada37,000110,00014,00073,000
Italy33,00055,00027,00044,000
South Korea31,000120,0008,70024,000
Sweden28,00056,00066,000120,000
Switzerland20,00054,00014,00030,000
Spain18,00045,00024,00043,000
Austria16,00045,0007,60015,000
Japan15,000140,00015,000160,000
Belgium15,00032,00032,00073,000
Denmark14,00032,00018,00030,000
Portugal7,80023,00012,00026,000
Australia5,20017,0001,70010,000
Finland4,2009,70013,00046,000
New Zealand3,90017,0001,5005,900
Poland3,7008,8004,5008,300
India3,10012,0004350
Iceland2,6006,3002,40010,000
Mexico1,8003,1002,0006,400
Israel1,5003,8005,40015,000
Turkey8902,9004001,000
Brazil6801,6001,8003,800
Greece6801,1001,5002,200
Chile11055079290
South Africa92640150830
World1,973,2526,716,490943,7723,287,770
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Electric Car Use by Country 2024

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Which country uses the most electric vehicles?

China currently has the most electric vehicles. They have over 5 million electric vehicles, and they are projected to have 13 million by the end of 2023.

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