Top 10 Countries in the Global EV Revolution: 2016 Edition

5 months ago by Assaf Oron 42

Let’s take a trip around the world!

This is my third year publishing a “Top EV Countries” list. The 2015 list (see here) generated some excellent comments, above all “What are the criteria?” So this year, I tried to make these more objective, in the sense of using an actual score calculated from publicly available numbers. Of course a strong element of judgment remains regarding how to weight and scale the score. For that, I solicited some input from Insideevs’ team of contributors, as well as from Jose Pontes, editor of the EV sales blog, without which this list would have been impossible to put together. Their input has greatly influenced score composition, however the responsibility for the final scores and their calculation is solely mine.

I was surprised by some of the new names near the top; but all have earned their spots there. Also, while in 2014 I felt there are only 6 countries that merit getting on the list, and in 2015 – 7 countries, for 2016, I think there are certainly at least 10 countries that already play a substantially positive role in the electrification of global ground transport. A couple of important EV countries have even been left out; see if you can spot them!

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2016 January-December (data source: EV Sales Blog)

This preamble being long enough, I don’t want to distract with score-composition details here; they appear near the end. But the score is out of 100, and “absolute” rather than relative.

For example, a score of 80-90 would be won by a country nearing 50% EV market share with rapid year-over-year increase, strong EV bus sales, solid infrastructure/policy support, and either having an auto industry well on the transition to EV-making, or at least carrying part of its EV-demand weight in terms of battery production (the maximum possible score with no auto industry and no EV battery production, is 80 points). The score does not include 2-wheelers.

Right now, no country is anywhere close to 80 points. In fact, only 2 countries cross 50 points. Keep in mind that only 39 countries, two-thirds of them in Europe, participate in the list. The rest lack numbers, and many of them probably see no EV action at all. I tried to add a couple of Asian countries via direct inquiries with no success, making me admire the EV sales blog even more.

Last note: please don’t quibble too much about the ordering of the countries in positions 4-10, as they are separated by no more than ~3 points top to bottom. Ok, without further ado!

Fastned, and its extensive DCFC public charging network, is a significant player in the Netherlands

10th place: Netherlands, 36 points.

Claim to fame: high but uneven market share in a PHEV-dominated market.

Netherlands boasts the world’s #3 EV market share, but it’s down from #2 and last year’s 6% share represents a precipitous drop from 2015 when it neared 10%. Moreover, >80% of sales are PHEVs (recipe secret: I do penalize 1 point for the PHEV:BEV ratio being worse than 2:1, and vice versa). Both are the result of rather funky and inconsistent EV policies. The Netherlands does have some e-bus activity; according to Zeeus, its electric bus fleet is among the largest 5 in the continent, which probably means 100-odd buses.

BEV Registrations in France (through December 2016)

9th Place: France, 37-minus points.

Claim to fame: EVs’ stable “Oak Tree” country continues to forge ahead, but not fast enough to stay in the Top 5.

In 2016, France’s EV market share, still BEV-dominated, inched up to 1.7%. Curiously, France is the last country where “Pokemon EV” Mitsubishi I-Miev is still popular, selling in the thousands in 2016 under 3 different nameplates, 2 of them French (but shipped ready-made from Japan; thanks Jose!). I gave France a bonus point for Renault’s launching the 41-kWh Zoe and 33-kWh Kangoo, but it happened too late in the year to cause a sales surge. Maybe in 2017.

South Korea is becoming known for a place many EVs (and their componentry) originate

7th Place (two-way tie): Japan and South Korea, 37-plus points.

Claim to fame: leading EV-making country continues to stagnate, meets rising EV-making power with a bitter historical score to settle. Both make many GWh’s of EV batteries.

The new Toyota Prius Prime (or Prius Plug-In as it is known in all places not the US) may help put Japan back on the map

Japan still makes the world’s best selling EV for 2016 (Leaf). However, its domestic EV share continues to decrease, while South Korea’s jumped by ~2.5x last year, mostly thanks to the introduction of the Hyundai Ioniq late in the year. Meanwhile Korea is thinking outside the box about electric buses; in mid-2016 a bus line in Jeju Island switched to electric buses with swappable batteries, and the country also leads the development of buses that get wirelessly charged as they go. Both approaches can help reduce the size of the battery that needs to sit inside the bus itself.

Both countries ended 2016 around a rather underwhelming 0.4% market share. The reason they are in the Top 10 at all, is that they are two-thirds of the world’s 3-country oligopoly over EV lithium-ion battery production.

Japan and South Korea supply practically all of the batteries appearing in Western-made EVs. They demonstrate that high-income countries can be leading battery makers: no excuse for farming it out of sight to poorly-regulated plants in poor countries.

But if the Prius Prime doesn’t take off, or the Gen 2 Leaf gets delayed again or underwhelms the audience, Japan might drop out of the top 10 this year. What a fall for a country that was arguably the world’s #1 in 2011.

US EV market share finally started expanding more aggressively in the second half of 2016

6th Place: The United States, 38 points.

Claim to fame: Home of the Tesla, Volt and Bolt renews its growth, but is bumped down the list by a couple of upstarts.

The Tesla Gigafactory will help the US compete for a 2017 finish in the medals

The USA’s EV market gets so much press, and its EV industry has been such a trend-setter, that it’s easy to forget our annual domestic EV market share has yet to cross 1%, a feat that at least 12 other countries did manage to achieve in 2016. Add to that policy/infrastructure inconsistency at the state level, and duplicity at the industry level – e.g., Bolt hero Mary Barra joining the call to Trump to undo fuel-efficiency standards – and as of the end of 2016, the US pretty much deserves the spot it got.

In 2017, when Tesla’s Gigafactory starts making its own battery cells and putting them in new Model 3s (sorry Tesla/Volt fans, no credit for putting together battery packs from cells made elsewhere), expect the US to gain a few crucial points. Together with EV market share finally crossing 1% in a big way – Trump or No Trump – I won’t be surprised to see the US score for 2017 around 45 points, possibly climbing back into the Top 3 where one should expect it to be. This year, however, the US was upstaged by…

5th place: Ukraine! 39-minus points.

Claim to fame: local groups make up for economic challenges by importing thousands of used EVs; 4% market share with sales jumping ~5x year-over-year.

I can already see the comments asking: “USED sales?? WTH?!” Let me pre-empt them by asking back, what would you do living in a country with $4,000 per-capita GDP, which means that even at ~$150/kWh, new EVs are still priced out of your league? And no domestic auto industry either?

Well, some Ukrainians got together, established a conveyor belt of used EVs (half of them Leafs) coming in from the West, lobbied for government support, and in 2016 things really flourished with >2.5k sales, nearly all >2-year-old used, jumping five-fold over 2015 and landing the global #4 spot for market share. The motivation for this “Ukrainian EV miracle” is pretty clear: with its domineering enemy Russia being an oil power, the desire to punch Big Oil in the face (which I share, heartily) takes on a personal and immediate form in Ukraine.

Still not convinced about used sales? Besides doing it for its own domestic needs, Ukraine is also setting a global example for poor non-industrial countries to get into EVs, and a venue for leading EV volume markets to get some demand and resale value for short-range, degraded used BEVs. I also double-checked the Ukraine story with Jose, who has direct personal connections there, and he says it is both genuine and impressive. If the Ukrainians put together a second triple-digit increase year, they might be able to hang onto the top 5. But we’re not done with Cinderellas tonight…

The Nissan LEAF was the best selling all-electric vehicle in Iceland in 2016 (with 117 registrations)

4th place: Iceland! 39-plus points.

In this list’s first draft, Iceland hovered near the bottom of the Top 10. Then, prompted by Jose, I double-checked updated 2016 numbers from (an official EU alt-energy-vehicle tracking site, apparently Jose plays a big role there too), and learned that quietly away from the limelight, Iceland managed to capture the world’s #2 market share spot, with 6.3%! (The initial EV sales blog report pegged it at <5%.)

This numbers boost, together with acknowledgment of Iceland’s strong pro-EV culture and infrastructure (perhaps second only to Norway), nicely paired with an almost purely renewable grid, catapulted the sparsely-populated Nordic island all the way to #4. And we’re staying Norse for a wee bit more, with…

Volkswagen Passat GTE (naturally with windmills): Loved to death in Sweden with over 3,800 registrations and a ~28% market share in the country for 2016

3rd place: Sweden! 41 points.

Claim to fame: well-rounded performance and the highest EV-production-share among automaking countries.

Somehow, Sweden remained just outside my handmade 2014 and 2015 lists (it did get an honorable mention in 2014). But when all the numbers are put together, Sweden suddenly appears everywhere. In particular, after getting “denominator” automaking numbers (i.e., the total national auto production) from the world’s automaking association, Sweden suddenly jumped way up to the top with a national EV-making share of ~8.5%. The next on the list, Germany, makes just under 2.5% EVs. Admittedly, a high national rate is easier when you only have one major automaker (Volvo), but still Volvo boasts the #1 EV share among established “traditional” Western automakers, indicating a high degree of commitment, even if most of it is still on the PHEV front.

Volvo also makes some EV buses, and Sweden’s EV sales market share (3.6%) is #5 in the world, growing ~1.5x in 2016. So Sweden scores on multiple fronts, reflecting a robust and consistent pro-EV culture, doubtlessly inspired by its neighbor…

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway (through December 2016)

2nd place:  Norway, 54 points.

Claim to fame: EV share continues to shatter records and expectations (>30% in 2016, including used imports). Leaders set commitment towards ending ICE sales next decade.

Not much to add about Norway, poster child of the EV world. Each year everyone expects they won’t be able to keep it up, and yet they do. It should be noted that Norway is another market besides the Ukraine where used-EV sales play a substantial role; they contribute ~10% to the numbers, pushing the overall number of EVs added to Norwegian roads in 2016 past 50,000. Norway’s “used import” EVs are much newer than the Ukrainian version, and in many cases – in particular, Soul EVs from Germany, as previously documented – they are actually brand-new EVs deceptively registered in the EU to gain points for the automaker before heading to Norway. Norway itself, though, should not be faulted for this trickery, surely not from an EV supporter’s perspective.

Norway scores 39 of 50 possible points in the sales category, far ahead of second-place Iceland (25). But until it also replaces its ICE bus fleet, or starts making some lithium-ion cells in large quantities, it is unlikely to claim the #1 spot (which, using the new system, Norway might have won in 2014, but not in 2015).

The raw volume of plug-ins sold in China cannot be denied

1st place: China, 61 points.

Claim to fame: by far the largest EV volume country (both sales and production), continuing breakneck growth. Makes and deploys nearly all of the world’s electric buses.

Among large vehicles, buses and in particular urban buses offer the best opportunity for early EV adoption. Travel distances are relatively short, the form enables sticking a huge battery-pack at the bottom with few design problems, and EVs do far better with the stop-and-go bus driving mode than ICE buses, both energy-wise and maintenance-wise. Also, diesel buses play a large role in urban particulate pollution; so switching to an EV bus fleet is an environmental two-for-one win. Last but not least, most bus customers are transit agencies, who might have strict requirements but are less spoiled and finicky than the private market, and (given the right political climate) more committed to environmental policies.

The BYD 12-meter eBus

Unfortunately, in the wealthy world buses are much less the essential staple than they are in the less-wealthy world, and most Western governments haven’t promoted bus electrification too much. So in the West and in particular Europe, the story has been one “pilot study” after another, in which a couple of electric buses are used for a couple of years, everyone is amazed at their success, and then…. Crickets.

Barring a few exceptions (e.g., London), no massive orders follow these “pilots”. Across all of Europe, after years of successful “pilots” in numerous cities, at the end of 2016 there were only ~1,300 electric buses deployed, and this includes ~300 “hopping trolleys” that travel mostly using overhead rails, with a modest battery allowing 15km off-rail range. Worse, the continent has yet to develop a homegrown automaker dedicated to electric buses, such as the US’s Proterra. In fact, Europe’s largest bus maker and the world’s #3, Daimler, has been almost(?) completely AWOL from the EV bus scene.

Enter China, grand debunker of the “EVs are toys for the rich” canard. In 2015 electric bus deliveries in China suddenly jumped to >100,000, and in 2016 they further increased to ~135,000, most of them BEVs with decent range, no rails required. At least 98% of the world’s electric buses are in China. A good chunk of the remaining 2%, as well, was made by Chinese companies (e.g., the massive London order mentioned above). Now these staggering numbers, although coming from reputable sources, are not completely decipherable to us. “Buses” might include vehicles from 10 seats up. Still, there’s no question that electric buses now take up a good chunk of bus sales in China (Jose estimates 20% market share for 2016), and hopefully this spills over to other countries quickly (are you listening, India?). Without its bus dominance, China would narrowly lose the #1 spot on our list to Norway.

BYD plug-in electric vehicle sales in China dwarfs almost every country

Besides that, in 2016 China made about half the world’s EV battery capacity, split about evenly between cars and buses. I penalized its battery industry one point for lack of transparency: investigative reports found out that the supply chain of some Chinese lithium-ion battery companies includes slavery cobalt from Congo (Korean companies might also be implicated, but to a lesser extent). As to China’s auto sales (>350k EVs, ~1.5% market share, 1.8x increase), the rapid increase which like elsewhere, was fueled by incentives, generated some cases of fraud, prompting the government to pause subsidies in early 2017 and send the EV market to a screeching halt. I think the pause has now been mostly released for companies found “clean”.

The arrival of more capable (and less expensive) plug-in cars and buses, along with further government encouragement should help push more countries higher on our list


I wasn’t expecting too many surprises in 2016’s list, but ended up with an entire slew of underdogs.
If you’re curious about the score composition, 50% of it is sales (mostly market share, but volume and year-over-year change also mattered, and there was that BEV:PHEV bonus/penalty), 30% production (volume, share of country’s auto industry, and batteries; countries sans an auto industry got a 50% waiver for the former two, but not for batteries), 15% for buses and 5% for policy/infrastructure (that bit was the most arbitrary, so I ended up keeping it small). Just to demonstrate how strong the 2016 list is: hovering ~2.5 points below the Top 10 are the UK and Austria, two pretty good EV countries, and below them Germany, the world’s #3 EV producer by volume and #2 by percentage.

You might also be curious about the lowest scores: spots #38 and #39 are occupied by Turkey and Slovakia, with 11 and 8 points, respectively. Both have ridiculously low market share, and are penalized for having sizable auto industries with no documented EV activity (to be fair, Turkey did produce the Renault Fluence ZE a few years back, but that seems to have gone away). The lowest-ranking wealthy country is Italy at #30, with 19.5 points. But China and Ukraine are living proof, in two completely different ways, that this doesn’t have to be a wealthy-world game anymore. India, are you listening again?

I hope to see more countries cross 50 points, surely by 2018 and perhaps even next year. My guess is that the US or any European country that sets up large battery factories or deploys gobs of electric buses, will be the first to do so, although Korea could be a “dark horse” candidate as well – while the leaders forge ahead towards 70 points and beyond.

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42 responses to "Top 10 Countries in the Global EV Revolution: 2016 Edition"

  1. Warren says:

    Interesting worldwide results. VW actually sold more plug-ins that Chevy?? BYD/TESLA/BMW are the top 3 plug in manufacturers? Are you sure these are correct figures?

    1. Assaf says:

      Yes, I’m sure. In particular I double-checked BMW. But you can inquire with Jose Pontes, founder of the global EV sales blog.

      1. Assaf says:

        Oh, and the BYD numbers don’t even include the e-buses they sold last year, some 15k of them.

        But seems like they started 2017 with a slump (related to the regulations pause, perhaps?), so they might lose the #1 spot this year.

    2. Rizwan says:

      Dreaming,when india would make to the list of top 10 users​ of EV in the world….
      But still the second in the population ??

      1. Assaf says:

        Dreaming of a day when the BJP gets obliterated in elections up and down the country, once and for all.

        (oops, sorry, not EV-related – but maybe also yes. 21st century right-wing politics are rarely a good match to EV-supporting policies)

  2. Alfred says:

    Rewrite your report, with BEV only, without that thing named PHEV!

    1. Mikael says:

      That thing that generally does 40-70% of miles on electricity and have many users with 90-100% of miles on electricity?

      Sounds like a brilliant idea, let’s cut a very small segment into tinier pieces.

      1. Assaf says:

        (and another +1 for your other comment 🙂 )

    2. Dan says:

      Rewrite your report to conform to my prejudices.

  3. KM says:

    A bit odd that Iceland made it to the list and UK did not.

  4. JK says:

    South Korea TOP 7?? EV sales might have jump 2X compared to last year, but do you know how many chargers we have in Korea? You’ve got to be kidding me.

    1. Assaf says:

      You cannot have modern EVs without lithium-ion (or better) batteries.

      Therefore, 10% of the score is granted to battery production.

      Check out which EVs in the world run on LG Chem or Samsung batteries.

    2. Mikael says:

      Every outlet can be used to charge, and I guess you have a few hundred millions of those.

  5. TwoVolts says:

    This list is a misdirected mess that overemphasizes the role of the consumer and policies that incentivize consumption with subsidies. How about the innovators that produce the vehicles that make the EV revolution possible? It is completely absurd to have Ukraine and Iceland ahead of countries like USA, Japan, Germany, and Korea. Even for countries like Norway that are noteworthy for its EV adoption, one has to ask if an EV revolution is possible without the role of the countries listed above.

    1. SparkEV says:

      I don’t particularly like the ordering, but what Ukraine is doing is a model for poorer countries to follow if they are to cut their air pollution problem. Smog filled cities of developing countries don’t have to continue to choke their citizens like China was (is?) while coming out of poverty.

    2. Assaf says:


      1. I don’t completely disagree with the general tone. The 2014 and in particular the 2015 list were more heavily weighted towards manufacturing, although the weighting was more subjective and manual.

      The biggest specific comment I got from multiple people while developing the 2016 weights, was to increase the weight of sales and in particular market share. So I did, especially since those people are far bigger EV authorities than myself. Still, >30% of the scores comes from manufacturing.

      2. No, what’s absurd is that Germany’s bus makers, with their huge resources and impact, refuse to seriously engage in EV buses – which, as I argue and as the Chinese show, is one of the easiest EV conversions out there.

      What’s absurd is that Toyota refused to listen to customers and to common sense, and rather than de-compliance and improve its RAV4 EV, completely killed it. What’s absurd is that all they have to show in 2017 is a (finally) halfway-passable PHEV Prius. And I’m not even starting on Honda, Mazda, Subaru, etc.

      What’s absurd is Mary Barra joining the request from Trump to roll back CAFE standards, even as her precious Bolt proves outright those standards can be easily met. What’s absurd is Ford’s lame excuse for an EV product line (Focus BEV could be a nice one, but they insist on hand-making it in an 18-million-car market).

      By contrast, small and/or poor countries without any auto industry, maximize what they can do with what they have, and put those auto giants to shame.

      1. Oleg says:

        Completely agree. very well visible resistance BEV on Toyota, and braking EV Revolution in VW, Audi and Daimler

      2. TwoVolts says:


        “By contrast, small and/or poor countries without any auto industry, maximize what they can do with what they have…” OK – I agree here. Point well made.

        But then you strangely add this: “and put those auto giants to shame.” You then criticize Mary Barra – when you have to know that her primary responsibility is to ensure the economic strength and viability of her company. GM cannot be a leader of the coming EV revolution if it is an economic basket case and bleeding red ink like it was a decade ago under different leadership. Maximizing profit may conflict with what you think she should be doing – but GM and other auto giants need to be profitable to dedicate finite resources to EV development efforts that are economic cash drains in the short term. In the final analysis, electric transport will win – but that win will only occur based on economics – i.e., EVs offering greater value than ICE cars. Progress may be slow – but GM and other manufacturers are moving in the right direction. The Bolt – as great as it is – is still not a winner in the marketplace. Some day (hopefully soon) that will change – and the EV revolution will take off.

        There EV evolution/revolution certainly has ‘participants’ in all corners of the earth (including Ukraine, et al), but the leaders of the movement are in the countries I listed previously.

        1. Assaf says:

          Thank you for invoking the red ink GM and Big Three were bleeding late last decade.

          Do you remember why that happened? It happened precisely because Big Three leadership took the narrow short-term view of “maximizing profits”, and lazed back on lousy gas-guzzlers, while successfully lobbying the Bush regime to make no progress on CAFE standards.

          Then gas prices started jumping, ordinary people started buying hybrids, and the Japanese and Koreans offered generally better, more energy-efficient vehicles that left the Big Three gasping for air.

          That, btw, was an almost exact replay on the late 1970s. And here you are, endorsing and defending the very same behavior.

          Leading an organization as big and consequential as GM requires a broad long-term vision, as well as societal responsibility and personal courage. Otherwise, you will inevitably lead your company, together with society, into the ditch. Carlos Ghosn gets that. But Corporate American CEO culture is detrimental to that, because it chronically rewards the narrow and short view over the broad and longer view.

          I really appreciate CEO Barra overall, but she shouldn’t have joined the call to dilute CAFE standards yet again. Not for society, and not for her company either.

          1. TwoVolts says:

            Assaf: The 1970’s oil shocks were different than the 2008 financial crisis – although there are similarities as you have pointed out. The worst of GM’s red ink bleeding occurred after the financial meltdown – when gas prices were very low – lower than today. GM certainly got into trouble as gas prices rose steadily before the 2008 crisis – but they were finished off by the meltdown and inability to sell much of anything – even their meager offering of efficient vehicles. Nobody offered EVs yet.

            Fast forward to today: I’m not at all endorsing the same behavior that got GM into trouble. I think we both can agree that GM is certainly in danger of going down the same path again of relying only on gas guzzlers – with insufficient commitment to EV development. Hopefully Barra will not fall to this temptation by abandoning investments in an electric vehicle future for short-term profits. The basic problem for GM is that they could not and still cannot be sufficiently profitable selling only fuel-efficient cars. They need to sell gas-guzzlers to be profitable – at least for now while gas prices are low. GM’s bridge to the future is to remain profitable and viable from their large vehicle sales. GM simply cannot choose to become another Tesla and borrow heavily to sustain financial viability until the EV revolution arrives. The cold hard reality is that Tesla’s financial viability may actually be in greater jeopardy than GM’s – simply because they currently have no ‘golden goose’ to sustain their existence if gas prices stay low for the next five or more years. Tesla cannot be unprofitable forever – their time is limited. The borrowing and stock offerings that have sustained their efforts will need to end and be replaced with profitability. GM’s formula – I hope – involves building financial strength by selling their profitable gas-guzzlers – but ONLY AS A BRIDGE to the start of the EV revolution – when selling EVs becomes a profitable enterprise. That revolution is at least five years away from beginning in earnest IMO. Hopefully, Barra will remember how close GM came to closing the doors forever – and will position GM to capitalize on the inevitable EV revolution.

      3. TwoVolts says:

        Perhaps ‘misdirected mess’ was too harsh and unwarranted. It was 4 AM and I hadn’t had my morning coffee yet. My apologies.

        1. Assaf says:

          Apology accepted, and your comment was not taken personally anyway. I’ve seen far worse!

          Hope that coffee was good 🙂

  6. Joe says:

    Paris, France has started deploying electric buses. Target is to have 80% of the lines electric powered and 20% Bio gas powered by 2025

    1. Assaf says:

      Once they actually deploy them en masse, they will be nicely rewarded in the score 🙂

      (not for the biogas ones, though – this is an EV score…)

  7. DangerHV says:

    Highly detailed and well explained article. Very well done. Fantastic! I apologize to the author for the above complaints. Let them write their own articles and use whatever statistics they prefer.
    Assaf, you have done a great deal of research to create this excellent article. Thank you!

    1. M Hovis says:

      +1 Thoroughly enjoyed the read.

    2. David Lane says:

      +2 Nice work by the author. Very intriguing to read about Iceland and Ukraine!

      1. Assaf says:

        Thank you all! By last night I felt I had spent ***waaaay*** too much time on this. Thanks Jay for the quick posting, and for the beautiful pictures added.

        As to comments, the criticism has not been personal thus far, so we are way better than par for the blogosphere 🙂

        (hope I’m not jinxing it)

    3. ben says:

      +1 thank you for putting this together, very thought provoking.

  8. ffbj says:

    Good overview. The big picture is important.

  9. Oleg says:

    Good review. Thank you.
    This article once again proves that Big Oil just does not seem, especially in places where its lobbyists present.

  10. David says:

    Interesting article.

    One thing though… we no longer say “the Ukraine”, but simply “Ukraine”.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Hey David,

      Thanks/noted, will make that change, (=

  11. Knut Erik Ballestad says:

    The rank is heavily influenced by how many electric buses the country deploys.

    Here in Norway we don’t see so many electric buses (only a few in test projects so far), but we have a massive fleet deployment of bio-gas buses all over the country. In my home town for example (~100K people), 100% of buses are run on bio-gas, made from sewage processing.

    These buses offset massive amounts of Methane emission. Methane is a 25 times more potent climate gas than CO2, so one Methane bus really should count as 20 electric buses if the climate perspective is what you want to measure….

    Other larger cities like e.g. Oslo have also large deployment of biogas buses, ref:

    1. Assaf says:

      You make interesting points, but

      1. Only 15% of the score is buses. Given that globally buses are estimated to consume about 1/6 of the total amount of fuel that cars do (with a higher proportion in poorer countries, of course), and given diesel buses’ impact upon urban particulate pollution, 15% seems to me the minimum weight buses should receive.

      2. Waste biogas vehicles sound great, but this is an EV ranking, not an all-alt-vehicles ranking. Sorry. Also, I doubt that waste biogas can fuel all bus fleets. Electricity is far more easily and widely available.

      3. It seems that Norway’s transit leaders agree with me, because according to this document I just found, Norway’s EV bus score is about to rise next year, and even more sharply in 2018:

  12. EndResult says:

    It would be interesting to see the scores normalized by the amount of goverment subsidy, and a comment on where that subsidy originates (sale of goverment controled resource or personel taxation). That would give a much cleaer view of the drivers.

    1. Assaf says:

      To my knowledge, there is not a single country with substantial EV activity, and no government incentives.


      You can take Australia as a classic case for what happens when that is missing.

      Oh, and btw: there is nothing “dirty” about government subsidies. Government (hopefully) reflects the will and priority of the people, including drivers.

  13. Equario says:

    In Ukraine, the price for electricity starts from ≈ 0.03 USD per 1 kW.

    It is one of the reason why EV is a great deal there, even used ones.

  14. Sergiy says:

    Yes. In Ukraine, the price for electricity ≈ 0.03 USD (privat) per 1 kW fnd ≈ 0.08 USD (business) per 1 kW

  15. JB says:

    Great article, I was wondering about the potential of EVs in Eastern Europe and the Ukrainian business case is a great example.

    By the way, could you kindly explain how you got EV production data ? I’ve been looking around for weeks without success…

    1. Assaf says:

      For EV production numbers, the go-to place is Jose Pontes’ EV sales blog.

      For the denominator overall auto production numbers, I used the global automaker association data (just google the term, or something like that). The latest available year is 2015, but for a denominator that should be close enough.

  16. Yurii B. says:

    It’s okay to put Ukraine in one row with another poor contries (yes, things arent going that well), but non-industrial (with all that our aerospace, poor-quality automotive, energy) – we are definetly not pre-industrial as, as well as not post- one.

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