Electric Cars Imports by Country

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International purchases of imported electric cars totaled US$10.6 billion in 2018. That dollar amount reflects a 35.6% increase since 2017, and represents 1.4% of all globally imported cars over the same year.

From a continental perspective, European countries paid the most for imported electric cars during 2018 with purchases costing $7.2 billion or over three-quarters (68.4%) of the global total. In second place were Asian importers at 17.9% while 11.9% of electric cars imported worldwide were delivered in North America.

Smaller percentages went to Oceania (1.3%) led by Australia and New Zealand, Latin America plus the Caribbean (0.3%) then Africa (0.1%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 870380 for electric cars. 2017 is the first year that code prefix was used, so there is no data from prior periods against which to compare the latest annual data.

Electric Cars Imports by Country

Top 15

Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of electric cars during 2018.

  1. Norway: US$2.3 billion (21.4% of total imported electric cars)
  2. China: $1.2 billion (11.3%)
  3. Canada: $930.2 million (8.8%)
  4. Netherlands: $879.9 million (8.3%)
  5. Germany: $847.3 million (8%)
  6. France: $537 million (5.1%)
  7. Belgium: $435.3 million (4.1%)
  8. United Kingdom: $398.4 million (3.8%)
  9. Sweden: $329.3 million (3.1%)
  10. United States: $325.3 million (3.1%)
  11. Switzerland: $259.1 million (2.5%)
  12. Spain: $241.5 million (2.3%)
  13. South Korea: $231 million (2.2%)
  14. Austria: $217.8 million (2.1%)
  15. Portugal: $180 million (1.7%)

By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 87.8% of all electric cars imported in 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of overall electric cars shipments for each importer.

Norway

Electric Cars Imported into Norway

Norway’s global purchases of imported electric cars totaled US$2.3 billion in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which Norway imported the highest dollar value worth of electric cars during 2018.

  1. United States: US$774.3 million (up 4.8% from 2017)
  2. Germany: $556.7 million (up 28%)
  3. United Kingdom: $393.9 million (up 200.1%)
  4. South Korea: $180.9 million (up 18.5%)
  5. France: $112 million (up 36.7%)
  6. Austria: $81.6 million (no 2017 data)
  7. Netherlands: $45.7 million (up 12,663%)
  8. Sweden: $26 million (up 5,709%)
  9. Spain: $20.5 million (up 99.2%)
  10. Japan: $15.5 million (up 57.2%)
  11. Slovakia: $14.6 million (down -5.6%)
  12. Belgium: $13.9 million (up 5,809%)
  13. Switzerland: $8.9 million (up 1,319%)
  14. Denmark: $3.6 million (up 2,370%)
  15. Poland: $3.2 million (up 8,619%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 99.7% of all Norway’s imported electric cars in 2018.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of electric cars to Norway since 2017 were: Netherlands (up 12,663%), Poland (up 8,619%), Belgium (up 5,809%) and Sweden (up 5,709%).

One country experienced a decline in the value of its electric cars supplied to Norwegian importers via a -5.6% reduction.

Overall, the value of Norway’s electric cars imports expanded by an average 42.9% from all supplying countries since 2017 when electric cars purchased were valued at $1.6 billion.

China

Electric Cars Imported into China

China’s global purchases of imported electric cars totaled US$1.2 billion in 2018. Below are the top 11 suppliers from which China imported the highest dollar value worth of electric cars during 2018.

  1. United States: US$1.1 billion (down -21.7% from 2017)
  2. Germany: $62.5 million (down -4.2%)
  3. Austria: $35 million (no 2017 data)
  4. France: $927,000 (up 3,333%)
  5. Japan: $443,000 (down -17%)
  6. United Kingdom: $149,000 (no 2017 data)
  7. Italy: $123,000 (no 2017 data)
  8. Finland: $79,000 (no 2017 data)
  9. Spain: $74,000 (no 2017 data)
  10. Slovenia: $65,000 (no 2017 data)
  11. Taiwan: $49,000 (no 2017 data)

By value, the listed countries shipped 100% of China’s imported electric cars in 2018.

Overall, the value of China’s electric cars imports declined by an average -18.5% from all supplying countries since 2017 when electric cars purchased were valued at $1.5 billion.

Canada

Electric Cars Imported into Canada

Canada’s global purchases of imported electric cars totaled US$930.2 million in 2018. Below are the top 12 suppliers from which Canada imported the highest dollar value worth of electric cars during 2018.

  1. United States: US$805.6 million (up 92.9% from 2017)
  2. South Korea: $78.3 million (up 136.7%)
  3. Germany: $32.2 million (up 60.7%)
  4. France: $6.4 million (up 164.3%)
  5. Austria: $5.6 million (no 2017 data)
  6. China: $605,000 (up 417.1%)
  7. Mexico: $469,000 (down -39.2%)
  8. United Kingdom: $304,000 (no 2017 data)
  9. Canada: $251,000 (down -47.3%)
  10. Japan: $241,000 (up 217.1%)
  11. Italy: $163,000 (no 2017 data)
  12. Georgia: $17,000 (no 2017 data)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped 100% of Canada’s imported electric cars in 2018.

Overall, the value of Canada’s electric cars imports expanded by an average 96% from all supplying countries since 2017 when electric cars purchased were valued at $474.7 million.

Dutch

Electric Cars Imported into the Netherlands

Dutch global purchases of imported electric cars totaled US$879.9 million in 2018. Below are the top 15 suppliers from which the Netherlands imported the highest dollar value worth of electric cars during 2018.

  1. United Kingdom: US$348.7 million (up 633.3% from 2017)
  2. Austria: $166.1 million (up 5,365%)
  3. Germany: $152.2 million (up 55.7%)
  4. Belgium: $80.9 million (up 117%)
  5. South Korea: $80.2 million (up 142.7%)
  6. Spain: $32.4 million (up 65%)
  7. United States: $9 million (up 43.3%)
  8. China: $2.8 million (up 17.5%)
  9. Slovakia: $1.4 million (down -51.8%)
  10. Thailand: $1.2 million (no 2017 data)
  11. Luxembourg: $849,000 (up 13.2%)
  12. France: $831,000 (down -76%)
  13. Sweden: $813,000 (down -20.4%)
  14. Denmark: $506,000 (down -47.5%)
  15. Taiwan: $434,000 (up 45.2%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 99.8% of Canada’s imported electric cars in 2017.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing suppliers of electric cars to Netherlands since 2014 were: Austria (up 5,365%), United Kingdom (up 633.3%), South Korea (up 142.7%) and Belgium (up 117%).

Four countries experienced declines in the value of their electric cars supplied to Dutch importers namely: France (down -76%), Slovakia (down -51.8%), Denmark (down -47.5%) and Sweden (down -20.4%).

Overall, the value of Netherlands’ imported electric cars increased by an average 239.3% from all supplying countries since 2017 when electric cars purchases were valued at $259.3 million.

Best

Best-Selling Electric Car Models

Listed below are the world’s most popular plug-in electric car models based on annual sales according to hybridCARS.com, an online reviewer of cars. Shown within brackets is the automobile manufacturer for each electric car model.

  • Leaf (Nissan)
  • Model S (Tesla)
  • Volt/Ampera (General Motors)
  • Outlander PHEV (Mitsubishi)
  • Prius PHV (Toyota)
  • Qin (BYD)
  • Zoe (Renault)
  • i3 BEV and Rex (BMW)
  • i-MiEV (Mitsubishi)
  • Tang (BYD)


 

Searchable List of Electric Cars Importers in 2018

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RankImporterElectric Cars Imports (US$)%World Total
1.Norway$2.3 billion21.4%
2.China$1.2 billion11.3%
3.Canada$930.2 million8.8%
4.Netherlands$879.9 million8.3%
5.Germany$847.3 million8%
6.France$537 million5.1%
7.Belgium$435.3 million4.1%
8.United Kingdom$398.4 million3.8%
9.Sweden$329.3 million3.1%
10.United States$325.3 million3.1%
11.Switzerland$259.1 million2.5%
12.Spain$241.5 million2.3%
13.South Korea$231 million2.2%
14.Austria$217.8 million2.1%
15.Portugal$180 million1.7%
16.Italy$163.6 million1.6%
17.Jordan$105.1 million1%
18.Poland$85.5 million0.8%
19.Bangladesh$72.7 million0.7%
20.New Zealand$71 million0.7%
21.Denmark$70 million0.7%
22.Japan$69.8 million0.7%
23.Australia$67.6 million0.6%
24.Hungary$54.9 million0.5%
25.United Arab Emirates$50.4 million0.5%
26.Finland$46.9 million0.4%
27.Ireland$45.4 million0.4%
28.Taiwan$35.4 million0.3%
29.Iceland$26.1 million0.2%
30.Singapore$25.9 million0.2%
31.Slovakia$25.1 million0.2%
32.Slovenia$23 million0.2%
33.Czech Republic$21.7 million0.2%
34.Hong Kong$18.3 million0.2%
35.India$17 million0.2%
36.Romania$16.6 million0.2%
37.Turkey$16.2 million0.2%
38.Macao$15.2 million0.1%
39.Luxembourg$12.9 million0.1%
40.Colombia$10.7 million0.1%
41.Costa Rica$8.4 million0.1%
42.Israel$8.2 million0.1%
43.Malta$7.8 million0.1%
44.Lithuania$7.1 million0.1%
45.Thailand$7.1 million0.1%
46.Bulgaria$5.7 million0.1%
47.Croatia$5.2 million0.05%
48.Belarus$4.7 million0.04%
49.Chile$4.5 million0.04%
50.Nepal$4.3 million0.04%
51.Brazil$3.8 million0.04%
52.Kazakhstan$3.4 million0.03%
53.Russia$3.1 million0.03%
54.Bermuda$3.1 million0.03%
55.Estonia$2.8 million0.03%
56.Andorra$2.5 million0.02%
57.Uruguay$1.9 million0.02%
58.Greece$1.9 million0.02%
59.Palestine$1.9 million0.02%
60.Indonesia$1.8 million0.02%
61.South Africa$1.7 million0.02%
62.Sri Lanka$1.6 million0.02%
63.French Polynesia$1.6 million0.02%
64.Latvia$1.6 million0.02%
65.Saudi Arabia$1.5 million0.01%
66.Albania$1.2 million0.01%
67.Mauritius$977,0000.01%
68.Oman$918,0000.01%
69.Lebanon$917,0000.01%
70.Azerbaijan$785,0000.01%
71.Morocco$744,0000.01%
72.Aruba$678,0000.01%
73.Senegal$618,0000.01%
74.Trinidad/Tobago$607,0000.01%
75.Ecuador$605,0000.01%
76.Curaçao$582,0000.01%
77.Dominican Republic$575,0000.01%
78.Cyprus$564,0000.01%
79.Bahamas$549,0000.01%
80.Mongolia$517,0000.005%
81.Panama$484,0000.005%
82.Bahrain$460,0000.004%
83.Cuba$423,0000.004%
84.North Macedonia$418,0000.004%
85.Greenland$398,0000.004%
86.Qatar$394,0000.004%
87.Gibraltar$388,0000.004%
88.Seychelles$351,0000.003%
89.Gabon$308,0000.003%
90.New Caledonia$305,0000.003%
91.Maldives$304,0000.003%
92.Myanmar (Burma)$287,0000.003%
93.Vietnam$280,0000.003%
94.Uzbekistan$265,0000.003%
95.Iraq$263,0000.002%
96.Faroe Islands$258,0000.002%
97.Montenegro$253,0000.002%
98.Pakistan$244,0000.002%
99.Bosnia/Herzegovina$241,0000.002%
100.Bolivia$202,0000.002%
101.Iran$199,0000.002%
102.Malaysia$197,0000.002%
103.Madagascar$185,0000.002%
104.Serbia$167,0000.002%
105.Uganda$167,0000.002%
106.Cayman Islands$156,0000.001%
107.Sudan$152,0000.001%
108.Paraguay$125,0000.001%
109.Cook Islands$124,0000.001%
110.Cambodia$119,0000.001%
111.Venezuela$119,0000.001%
112.Bhutan$90,0000.001%
113.Jamaica$90,0000.001%
114.Turkmenistan$89,0000.001%
115.Namibia$76,0000.001%
116.Timor-Leste$74,0000.001%
117.Armenia$69,0000.001%
118.Kuwait$68,0000.001%
119.Peru$67,0000.001%
120.El Salvador$67,0000.001%
121.Nicaragua$66,0000.001%
122.Zambia$66,0000.001%
123.Kenya$58,0000.001%
124.Democr. Rep. Congo$57,0000.001%
125.Tunisia$57,0000.001%
126.Guatemala$52,0000.0005%
127.Laos$50,0000.0005%
128.Comoros$49,0000.0005%
129.Lesotho$47,0000.0004%
130.Niue$44,0000.0004%
131.Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba$40,0000.0004%
132.British Virgin Islands$40,0000.0004%
133.Ghana$38,0000.0004%
134.Saint Lucia$30,0000.0003%
135.Brunei Darussalam$26,0000.0002%
136.Botswana$26,0000.0002%
137.Antigua/Barbuda$26,0000.0002%
138.Fiji$24,0000.0002%
139.Papua New Guinea$24,0000.0002%
140.Sierra Leone$21,0000.0002%
141.Angola$20,0000.0002%
142.Haiti$19,0000.0002%
143.Grenada$18,0000.0002%
144.Suriname$18,0000.0002%
145.Tanzania$14,0000.0001%
146.Kyrgyzstan$14,0000.0001%
147.Marshall Islands$13,0000.0001%
148.St Maarten (Dutch)$12,0000.0001%
149.Samoa$11,0000.0001%
150.Ivory Coast$10,0000.0001%
151.Mali$10,0000.0001%
152.Libya$8,0000.0001%
153.Anguilla$8,0000.0001%
154.Dominica$7,0000.0001%
155.Belize$7,0000.0001%
156.Vanuatu$6,0000.0001%
157.Liberia$4,0000.00004%
158.Togo$4,0000.00004%
159.Tonga$4,0000.00004%
160.Norfolk Island$3,0000.00003%
161.Falkland Is (Malvinas)$2,0000.00002%
162.Ethiopia$1,0000.00001%

See also Electric Cars Exports by Country, Cars Exports by Country, Cars Imports by Country and US Exported & Imported Cars by State

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