Which EVs Are Most Popular Worldwide? *New
by Becky Harrison |
posted 30 April 2021
Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of transport, and as battery capacity continues to improve, they’re cornering more and more of the market. With several countries now planning outright bans on the sale of petrol and diesel cars within a decade, most major manufacturers are scrambling to deliver the most innovative and impressive advances. So who are the current runners and riders? And, according to Google search data, which is the most searched EV in each global country?
Well, Europe’s searches are dominated by the Tesla Model 3, with the second-highest number of countries showing a preference for the Nissan Leaf (notably Russia). The Renault Zoe took third spot overall, while the Polestar 2 dominates in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden and Norway.
Predictably Tesla has a monopoly over North American searches with its Model 3, while the Model X enjoys top spot in several countries in Central America and the Caribbean. Only two countries favour anything beyond the Tesla range, with the BMW i3 most popular in Guatemala and the Hyundai Ioniq the top choice in Trinidad and Tobago.
Tesla’s dominance also extends to South America, and while the results still favour the Model 3, there’s a greater mix here among the brand’s models than in other territories. The only country in which a Tesla isn’t the most searched is Ecuador, where the Hyundai Ioniq takes top spot.
Tesla’s Model 3 and Model X dominate the searches in Asia, with the Nissan Leaf coming out top in a handful of countries. Other notable results include the Audi e-tron taking the top spot in Pakistan and the Honda E winning on home turf in Japan.
The Tesla Model 3 is the most searched EV in the majority of African countries, followed by the Model X. The BMW i3 was the only other EV to come top in more than one country, winning over both Libya and Niger.
Finally, in the Oceania region, it’s a clear win for the Tesla Model 3, which came out as the most popular EV in both Australia and New Zealand. However, the island nation of Fiji seems to favour the Hyundai Ioniq.