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. China's PEV sales grew by 53% from 2015 to 2016, to a high of nearly 317,000 vehicles, most of which were all-electric vehicles (EV) (77%). All of the European countries combined had 11% PEV sales growth from 2015 to 2016, with an EV share of 44%. 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
Note: PHEV = plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. EV = all-electric vehicle.
Plug-in Vehicle Sales by Vehicle Type, Calendar Years 2015 and 2016 (Thousands)