The number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three million in 2017, a 54% increase compared with 2016, according to the latest edition of the International Energy Agency’s Global Electric Vehicles Outlook. The study, released last week, provides a comprehensive look at the state of electric vehicles (EVs), charging infrastructure and policies around the world.
China remains the largest electric car market in the world, accounting for half of the one million EVs sold last year representing a 72% increase from the previous year. The United States has the second-highest, with 280,000 cars sold in 2017, up from 160,000 in 2016. The report also shows the Nordic countries are leaders when it comes to market share with EVs accounting for 39% of new car sales in Norway alone.
In Ireland, there were 3,800 EVs on Irish roads by the end of 2017 and registrations of new and imported EVs are up by 40% compared to the same period last year. Earlier this year, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in partnership with the Government, launched a public campaign on EVs, including a single website allowing drivers to compare almost 40 different EV models now available in Ireland.
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