The top 12 spots in the chart go to European countries, which have been ahead on EV adoption for years due to tax policies that incentivize the purchase of EVs over gasoline-powered vehicles. On top of those incentives, a number of these countries now have targets or laws calling for entirely phasing out new gas cars in the coming years. EVs made up the majority of car sales last year in two countries: Norway, way ahead of everyone else at 86%, and Iceland, at 72%. Norway, Iceland and Sweden also rank the highest when it comes to having the most EVs on the road per capita.
China, 13th on this chart, has also made huge strides in EV adoption — and it has become the world leader in EV manufacturing. According to reporting from The New York Times last year, “China will be making over eight million electric cars a year by 2028…compared with one million” in 2020. And when it comes to total numbers of electric cars sold, China is already far outpacing every other country.
The only other non-European countries that make the top 20 are Canada, South Korea, the U.S. and New Zealand, taking the bottom four spots.
The electric car market has been growing at a dramatic rate, and that’s expected to continue. In 2021, 6.6 million EVs were sold worldwide. The IEA puts that in context: “Back in 2012, just 120,000 electric cars were sold worldwide. In 2021, more than that many [were] sold each week.” This year, 2 million EVs were sold around the globe in just the first three months — 75% more than in the same time period last year.
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Originally posted 2022-09-04 04:05:44.