About 756,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold in the world in 2016, with 95% of those sales in China, Europe, the United States, Japan, and Canada, according to data gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE).
China’s plug-in vehicle sales grew by 53% from 2015 to 2016, to a high of nearly 317,000 vehicles, most of which were all-electric vehicles (77%).
All of the European countries combined had 11% plug-in vehicle sales growth from 2015 to 2016, with an EV share of 44%.
The United States plug-in vehicle market grew by 40% during the same time frame, with over half (54%) of sales being EV in 2016.
Japan’s plug-in vehicle sales market grew by 7%, with a 63% share of EV in 2016.
Plug-in Vehicle Sales by Vehicle Type, Calendar Years 2015 and 2016 (Thousands)