400,000 EVs now on the roads, with sales accelerating even in UK.

Guardian: “….Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that, while there was just a handful of electric cars on the road three years ago, there are now nearly 10,000, with 1,200 electric vehicles sold in March, compared with 270 in the same month last year.” “Meanwhile 10,200 hybrid cars – using electricity and petrol or diesel – have been sold in Britain this year, up 45% on last year.
Since 2011, when the government gave a £5,000 grant towards every pure electric car sold, number have been growing, say the carmakers, which now offer 18 models, from the Nissan Leaf, made in Sunderland, to sports cars, estates, vans and other hatchbacks.
“The market is approaching a tipping point, where battery power will become as normal as petrol or diesel,” said Ian Robertson, BMW’s global marketing chief. “If you look back over the past three years, the electric car market has multiplied by a factor of 25.”
….Most carmakers expect pure electric cars to account for 2%-3% of the market by 2020, said Jay Nagley, head of vehicle consultancy Redspy.
….But despite encouraging sales figures and investments by companies such as Nissan, Britain is lagging far behind other developed countries. More than 400,000 electric vehicles are on the roads worldwide, four times more than in 2011. The US has by far the largest fleet, with more than 194,000 sold since 2008. Japan has 74,000 and in the Netherlands and Denmark they account for 5% of the total car market. In Norway, where 20% of all cars sold are electric, it is getting harder to find unoccupied public charging facilities.”
FT: Nonetheless, deployment is well behind the rate projected by the IEA, and many carmakers are losing money on EVs.