The US lags behind other countries when it comes to putting policies in place that will encourage electric vehicle adoption.
Some states, like California, are doing their part to set up an infrastructure to support battery-powered vehicles and get gas-powered cars off the road. But the US has yet to pass comprehensive policies aimed at lowering transportation-related fuel emissions.
We rounded up the countries that are taking initiative — scroll down for a closer look:
Norway is the most progressive country when it comes to electrification. Electric and hybrid cars accounted for 28% of Norway’s market share in 2016, according to a 2017 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The Netherlands have also pushed electric vehicle adoption. Electric and hybrid cars accounted for 6% of the Netherlands market share in 2016, according to the IEA report.
India has yet to build out an infrastructure to support battery-powered vehicles, which is why they only account for a tiny (less than 1%) market share.
China is the largest producer of plug-in electric cars in the world. In fact, the country accounted for more than 40% of all electric cars sold worldwide in 2016.
Electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 1.4% of China’s market share in 2016, according to the IEA report.
Electric vehicles accounted for 1.4% of the UK’s vehicle market share in 2016, according to the report.
Paris plans to begin phasing out the vehicles starting in 2030. Electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 1.4% of France’s personal vehicle market share in 2016, according to the IEA.
Although some countries haven’t released comprehensive bans of the vehicles, some mayors are taking initiative to ban gas- and diesel-powered cars from their city centers. Some cities, including a few in the United States, have jumped on board with that promise.
Copenhagen, the most bike-friendly city in the world, is working on an aggressive timeline. It plans to ban all diesel-powered cars starting in 2019.
The mayors of Los Angeles, Mexico City, Seattle, Barcelona, Vancouver, Milan, Quito, Cape Town, and Auckland pledged on Monday to ban gas- and diesel-powered cars from “large parts” of their cities by 2030.