Electric Vehicles

The global electric car stock doubled to 2 million in 2016, from 1 million in 2015, according to The Global EV Outlook, published by OECD and IEA. China leads as the country with the largest electric car stock, with the United States not far behind. According to GTM, the U.S. alone has seen a steady growth in electric vehicle sales over the last year, with a reported 21 percent increase from 2016 to 2017, reaching nearly 200,000 vehicles sold.

As EV epidemic increases, many companies are beginning to prepare by building enough EV charging infrastructure to meet the anticipated demand, without putting too much strain on the electric grid. Automotive OEMs and power companies are entering the game by investing in the charging infrastructure, recently illustrated by Tesla’s push in workforce charging stations, to further grow sales and maintain the charging supply.

The global EV market will also continue to see growth as many countries, including Norway, China, the United Kingdom (UK) and France, set plans to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade by enforcing bans on internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Within the U.S., over 44 states have set their own goals to reduce emissions as well. States including Texas, Ohio and California are currently developing plans to use the U.S. government’s $2 billion budget for the nation’s zero-emission vehicle infrastructure, recently obtained from Volkwagen’s false emissions test settlement.  Based on country targets, announcements of OEMs and scenarios of EV deployments, IEA anticipates the electric car stock will ultimately reach between 9 million and 20 million by 2020, and double in 2025 from 40 million to 70 million.

Facts & Figures

  • In 2016, 40% of all electric cars were sold in China
  • In Norway, nearly a third of all cars sold in 2016 were electric
  • 95% of EV sales were concentrated in just 10 countries: China, United States, Japan, Canada, Norway, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden
  • Electric cars still represent only 0.2% of all cars in the world
  • In order to limit temperature increases to below 2°C by the end of the century the number of electric cars needs to reach 600 million by 2040
    Source: Global EV Outlook 2017


  • California launched a new $738 million electrification initiative at the end of May 2018 that is focused around EV charging infrastructure and delivery vehicles
  • “Pacific Gas & Electric" (San Francisco Bay area) will invest up to $236 million in infrastructure, including $22 million for 234 DC fast chargers at 52 locations within its service area
  • There will be rebates available for up to 6,500 medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles, such as trucks, cranes, and forklifts at 700 commercial and industrial sites
  • “San Diego Gas & Electric" will parcel out $137 million in rebates and installation reimbursements for up to 60,000 customers so they can charge electric vehicles at home, whether home is a single family house or a small multi-unit dwelling
  • $343 million will be distributed by "Southern California Edison" (Los Angeles area). It will go toward rebates for up to 8,500 medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to keep them charged at a total of 870 sites
    Source: Cleantechnica


Conference Sessions

Power2Drive: Global EV Market Development Snapshots
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am

Power2Drive: Can the Electric Vehicle Flatten the Duck?
11:15am - 1:00pm

Power2Drive: EV - Battery Durability / Advances of High-Voltage Batteries
2:00pm - 3:45pm


ees Stage

Technical Innovations for a New Kind of Energy and Mobility
Tuesday, July 10, 12:30pm - 2:30pm