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Electric Car Stats

| In Motoring Advice

Looking for the ultimate list of electric vehicle stats? You’ve come to the right place!

The world continues to prioritise eco-friendly vehicles that don’t rely on fossil fuel, with government subsidies and more innovative alternative fuel vehicles hitting the market daily.

But just how big is the electric car market in the UK and worldwide today? How long have EVs been around? And what does the future of electric cars look like according to the experts?

Well, this article answers all those questions and much more so read on for more information and feel free to quote these stats elsewhere.


Electric Car History

  • In 1989 Ferdinand Porsche built the first hybrid car, the System Lohner-Porsche Mixte.
  • The first mass-produced, purpose-built modern electric car was the EV1, released by General Motors in 1996.
  • The self-driving police vehicles featured in the movie Demolition Man (1993) were sourced from the General Motors Ultralite program, which evolved into the EV1.
  • The world's first mass-produced hybrid electric vehicle was the Prius, released in Japan in 1997.
  • The Toyota Prius remains the most popular hybrid in the world. Toyota has sold more than 15 million hybrids globally since the launch of the first-generation Prius.
  • According to current rates, in 2035 about 45% of new car sales could be electric, with roughly half of the cars on the road to be electric by 2050.



Global Electric Car Stats

  • In 2019 electric cars accounted for 2.6% of global car sales and about 1% of global car stock, registering a 40% year-on-year increase.
  • Global battery electric vehicle sales more than doubled from 2020 to 2021.
  • Between 2020 and 2026, the size of the global electric vehicle market is expected to increase over 4 times, reaching an estimated size of one trillion U.S. dollars by 2026.
  • In 2021, 6.5 million EVs were sold worldwide, up 109% from 2020.
  • Tesla was the best-selling electric vehicle brand in 2021, selling over 936 thousand plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) globally. 
  • In 2021, Tesla had roughly a 14% market share in the plug-in electric vehicle sales market, followed by the Volkswagen Group and BYD.
  • The Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling PEV model worldwide in 2021. While six of the top ten best selling plug-in electric vehicle models came from Chinese brands.
  • American Honda Motor Co. is the world’s largest power unit manufacturer with annual sales of approximately 30 million units of mobility products.
  • Nissan has sold half a million Leaf EVs around the world in 10 years.
  • Norway had a 65% global market share of electric vehicles in 2020.
  • In 2021 the Chinese electric vehicle market grew by 155% year-on-year.
  • By May 2022 China was the leading region in plug-in electric vehicle sales growth.


UK Electric Car Stats

  • The United Kingdom is the third-largest European market in terms of PEV and light vehicle sales.
  • In 2020 UK plug-in electric vehicle sales grew by around 140% year-on-year.
  • Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV is the UK’s most popular plug-in vehicle according to figures from June 2020, making it the best-selling plug-in car for more than five years.
  • The best-selling pure-EV in the UK is the Nissan Leaf, according to 2020 Department of Transport figures.
  • Comparing Jan-April 2022 vs the previous year, UK Battery Electric Vehicles car registrations grew 88.3%

  • As of the end of February 2022, there were more than 780 thousand plug-in vehicles registered in the UK, nearly 420,000 BEVs and 360,000 PHEVs registered.
  • Between the end of 2016 and 2020, there was a 220% increase in the number of public electric vehicle charging points.
  • The UK Government plans 300,000 public electric vehicle charge points by 2030 – 5 times the number of fuel pumps in existence in 2022.



Future Electric Car Predictions

  • BMW estimates introducing roughly a dozen new EVs to market by 2025.
  • American Honda Motor Co. aims for carbon-neutrality, with all its sales to be zero-emissions electrified vehicles by 2040.
  • General Motors is developing an Ultium battery system for optimised long-range electric travel, for an estimated range of 300+ miles on a full charge with 0-60 mph in as low as 3 seconds.
  • General Motors is making moves to an all-electric model lineup by 2035, aiming for 20 EVs available in the U.S. by 2025.
  • Starting in 2025, all new Mercedes-Benz vehicles will be electric-only. Mercedes plans to set up eight giga-factories with partners to produce batteries for these new models.
  • Ford claims it will produce more than 2 million EVs annually by 2026 and projects that electric vehicles will constitute half of its global sales volume by 2030.
  • Hyundai has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2045, with a hydrogen fuel-cell system in 100-kilowatt and 200-kW variations that will launch in 2023.
  • Hyundai aims for its fuel-cell vehicles to be priced closely to battery electric vehicles by 2030. 
  • By 2030 Nissan forecasts that 40% of its sales in the U.S. will be EVs.
  • Jaguar aims for an all-electric lineup by 2025.
  • Genesis car brand pledged all new vehicles to be purely electric starting from 2025.
  • Kia’s goals: 1.2 million annual battery electric vehicle sales worldwide by 2030.