4/8/2014

Global Fleet of Electrified Cars Doubles Again

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The number of electric, range-extended electric and plug-in vehicles on the road doubled to 405,000 worldwide in 2013, according to German energy research institute ZSW.

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The number of electric, range-extended electric and plug-in vehicles on the road doubled to 405,000 worldwide in 2013, according to German energy research institute ZSW.

The Stuttgart-based center says the global fleet of electrified vehicles grew from 100,000 at the beginning of 2012 to 200,000 a year later. The total does not include conventional hybrid vehicles or electric motorcycles, trucks and buses. ZSW points out that, if growth continues at the same pace, more than 1 million EVs will be on the road by the end of 2015.

The institute says today's biggest national markets for EVs are the U.S., Japan and China. Those countries are followed by France, Holland, Norway and Germany.

ZSW says the largest-selling brand in the EV sector is Nissan, followed by General Motors and Toyota.