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Fact #918: March 28, 2016 Global Plug-in Light Vehicle Sales Increased by About 80% in 2015

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Although plug-in light vehicle (PEV) sales in the United States declined by 3% in 2015, sales in China more than doubled, surpassing all other countries in the number of PEVs sold. Western Europe as a whole had the second highest volume of PEV sales in 2015 and saw an increase of 80% over 2014. Though Japan and Canada had lower sales of PEVs by volume, they both had significant increases in PEV sales from the previous year. In 2011, global PEV sales were just 50,000 units. Four years later, global PEV sales have increased more than ten-fold to over 565,000.

Global Plug-in Light Vehicle Sales, 2011-2015

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Notes:
Japan data are estimated based on sales reported through August 2015.
These countries/regions account for about 95% of global PEV sales.

Fact #918 Dataset

Supporting Information

Global Plug-In Light Vehicle Sales, 2011-2015
Country/Region 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
China 5,202 10,699 15,004 61,984 214,283
Western Europe 14,160 40,000 71,233 102,565 184,500
United States 17,763 53,169 97,102 118,882 115,262
Japan 12,600 20,667 28,716 30,567 46,339
Canada 275 1,225 931 1,521 5,284
Total 50,000 125,760 212,986 315,519 565,668

Source:
Data compiled by Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, February 2016.

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