Strategic Plan

Sales figures of electric vehicles (EVs) in the last 5 years are very promising. By the end of 2015, more than 1 million plug-in EVs have been sold worldwide which is an increase for about 40 percent since 2010. Most of these vehicles were sold in the United States (c. 400,000), followed by China (c. 260,000) and Japan (c. 130,000). Plug-ins sold in European countries account for over 30 percent of the global sales, with the Netherlands, Norway and France taking the top 3 positions. With some 50,000 sold plug-in EVs, the UK takes the 4th place.

Despite the encouraging figures, EVs (excluding hybrids) account for less than 0.1 percent of the global vehicle stock, currently estimated to be about 1.2 billion. That share is expected to increase in the future but much more needs to be done to encourage a larger number of drivers to go electric. In our opinion, a strategic plan needs to be developed to deal with issues that are responsible for such a low share of EVs in the global vehicle stock: