When the Geneva International Motor Show opens its gates on March 8, many of the world’s largest car manufacturers will present their latest designs and concepts to the general public for the first time.
In the wake of the Diesel emissions scandal that saw several major car makers manipulate emissions test results, electric mobility will certainly play a major role at this year’s show as the industry strives to demonstrate its commitment to a cleaner future.
As this chart illustrates, electric vehicles for the mass market are still very much the future while the present belongs to fuel combustion engines.
According to data collected from car manufacturers’ associations and other industry groups, plug-in electric vehicles accounted for no more than 2.3 percent in any of the world’s five largest passenger car markets in 2017.
While China is by far the largest market for electric passenger cars, no country comes even close to Norway in terms of market share of plug-in electric vehicles. In 2017, more than one in three cars sold in Norway was battery-driven – a share that seems unthinkable in most other markets at the moment.