China buys one out of every two electric vehicles sold globally

China’s overall car sales might be declining—but electric vehicle sales nearly doubled from the year before to cross one million for the first time.

In 2018, China’s electric vehicle (EV) sales, which include battery vehicles and plug-in hybrids, reached 1.2 million. That’s more than half the electric vehicles sold worldwide in the same period, according to data released last week by Germany’s nonprofit Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).