// Number of Electric Cars Rises from 2 to Over 3 Million

Global count of electric vehicles from 2012 to 2017. Bar chart: ZSW

New electric vehicle registrations worldwide from 2012 to 2017. Bar Chart: ZSW

Global annual production capacity needed to produce battery cells from 2018 to 2025 (red line) at a 50 percent growth rate for e-cars. Graph: ZSW

New registrations worldwide up 55 percent / German manufacturers among the top 5


The number of electric cars worldwide rose to 3.2 million accord-ing to a count taken at the beginning of 2018. Some 1.2 million are on the road in China, followed by 750,000 in the United States of America. Germany remains in eighth place with just short of 93,000 cars. Last year was a record-setter with 1.2 million new registrations. These figures were determined in a recent survey conducted by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Re-search Baden-Württemberg (ZSW). The researchers' analysis showed that the Chinese brands BYD and BAIC accounted for the greatest number of new registrations. Last year's most successful western automaker Tesla retained the top spot this year with 86,700 new registrations, despite the delays in the Model 3's rollout. BMW finished fourth, followed by VW in fifth place.

These and many other statistics on electric mobility are posted at: www.zsw-bw.de/en/media-center/data-service.html.