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Published on April 1st, 2016 | by James Ayre


Argonne National Laboratory: Global Light-Duty EV Sales Surged 80% In 2015, Up To 565,668

April 1st, 2016 by  

The latest global electric light-duty vehicle sales figures from Argonne National Laboratory, posted by the US Energy Information Administration, were just released, revealing that global sales surged by around 80% in 2015.

The surge in electric light-duty vehicle sales — up to 565,668 units sold during the year — was mostly due to booming sales in the Chinese market, and growing sales in the Western European and Japanese markets. The US market actually contracted during 2015 — with total electric light-duty sales figures falling by around 3%; down to 115,262 units sold.

Light-duty electric sales 2015

With many other markets surging, and the US market contracting, the share of the total global market represented by the US market fell considerably — down to only around 20%.

Electric light-duty vehicle sales in China rose by a substantial margin though, more than making up for the stagnation in the US. The Chinese market more than doubled, with more than 214,283 units sold during the year, going by the figures provided by Argonne National Laboratory.


The Western European market had a good year as well, with a roughly 80% growth rate seen during the year. The Japanese market saw surprisingly good growth as well, as did the Canadian one.

Total annual global light-duty electric sales increased more than 10 times over between the years of 2011 and 2015. (Global sales in 2011 totaled around 50,000.) 

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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