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Norway had the highest plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market penetration of European countries – nearly one of every four vehicles sold in Norway in 2016 was a PEV (23.5%). Although 17.3% of all European PEV sales were in the United Kingdom, the PEV market penetration was only 1.3% due to the relative size of the market. The Netherlands had the second highest market penetration rate of PEVs at 5.1%, securing 10.1% of the total European PEV market. For comparison purposes, the United States PEV market penetration in 2016 was 0.9%.

Graphs showing European plug-in vehicle sales by country in 2016 and PEV market penetration in 2016.

Note: There are 22 other European countries in the "Other Countries" category.

Fact #977 Dataset

Supporting Information

PEV Sales Share and Market Penetration by European Country, 2016
CountryShare of PEV SalesShare of PEV Sales to
All Light Vehicle Sales
United Kingdom17.3%1.3%
Other Countries22.9%0.6%

Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Light Duty Electric Drive Vehicles Monthly Sales Update Program, February 8, 2017

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