Top 6 Plug-In Vehicle Adopting Countries – 2013

4. Netherlands

Tesla Motors Opens Assembly Plant in Tilburg, Netherlands

Since 2009, the Netherlands has registered 28,673 PHEVs and BEVs which is a large number considering its population is around 16,833,606, about four-million people less than reside just in Beijing.

The Netherlands’ market penetration rate for plug-in vehicles is around 1.71 vehicles per 1,000 people, and the market share is a not-insubstantial 5.37 percent of all passenger vehicles.

This market share, makes the Netherlands the second-highest ranking country in the world in terms of plug-in vehicle adoption on a percentage of the whole market basis.

What’s more, the majority of its cumulative plug-in volume happened all of a sudden, as 22,415 sales out of the total 28,673 were documented last year – a growth rate of 338 percent – by far the highest of any country in the world.

By contrast, 5,117 vehicles were bought in 2012, 746 in 2011, and 395 in 2010.

Progressive policies in the country and eager, forward-thinking consumers are making this one of the world’s case examples demonstrating viability for plug-in cars today.

This nation was chosen by Tesla Motors as an assembly plant location and distribution base as its is centrally located within Europe, and no doubt highly EV friendly itself.