There is an awful lot resting on the heads of electric vehicles. Scientists and environmental activists alike are banking on this invention to help bring the planet back from the edge of destruction. While Tesla is the name that most people associate with electric vehicles, they are far from the only manufacturer in the game. High-end car makers, such as Jaguar, Porsche, and Audi, have all joined the race to build the best and most affordable electric vehicle on the market.
There are innumerable benefits to using electric vehicles, but the most important is its lack of polluting emissions. The vehicles run on batteries that can be charged up at home or at various charging points dotted around cities. Tesla’s Model 3 electric vehicle is expected to be able to cover 310 miles off a single charge. And, while electric vehicles are not cheap, they are not prohibitively expensive either – and manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to bring the price down and make them more available to the general public.
However, there are some downsides and problems that still need to be tweaked in the electric vehicle world. A charging infrastructure is one of the main concerns. People do not want to risk running out of battery somewhere and not being able to charge up. There is also an air of nervousness among consumers as to being pioneers. Once more people start buying electric vehicles, the market will become saturated much quicker. Nevertheless, early adopters are proving challenging to find.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at which countries are ahead of the game when it comes to electric vehicles.
Norway has a population of around 5.3 million, so it is very rarely a major player in anything. However, in 2018, almost 50% of all new car sales were electric vehicles. This is a phenomenally large percentage, especially when compared with the USA, where electric vehicles totalled just 2.1 % of new car sales.
When it comes to sheer numbers, China is a head and shoulders above anyone else in the game. In 2017 it was calculated that the total number of electric vehicles in the country was around 5.79 million. This accounts for around 30% of all the electric vehicles in the world. Admittedly, China has a lot of people to whom electric vehicles can be sold, but nevertheless this statistic is impressive. China has long been a leader in renewable energy so it will be interesting to see what they do next.
Coming in behind China is the USA, which is home to around 2 million electric vehicles. There is a good chance this number will continue to increase, thanks to tax credits available for the purchase of electric vehicles as part of a government incentive to increase sales.
Japan and Germany
With around 55,000 electric vehicles each, Japan and Germany are playing their part in the campaign to promote electric vehicles. Proportionate to their population, these numbers are promising. We would expect nothing less from such developed and progressive countries.
As you can see, the world of electric vehicles is growing and needs to continue to do so to effect real change.