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The World's Electric Vehicle Fleet Will Soon Surpass 20 Million

China and Europe are driving most of the adoption, with North America a distant third source of sales. Up next: emerging markets.

A Tesla Model 3 showroom in Tokyo.

A Tesla Model 3 showroom in Tokyo.

Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg
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The world is about to pass another important milestone in electric vehicle adoption: 20 million plug-in vehicles on the road globally, come June, according to BNEF estimates. That’s remarkable growth from only 1 million EVs on roads in 2016.