Most searched for electric cars

Electric Vehicles are the future of the transport industry, with most major manufacturers scrambling to deliver on the most innovative and impressive advances. As battery capacity for Electric Vehicles improves with time, they corner more and more of the market.

Using Google search data we found which EV was the most popular in each country. So which car finishes at the top in your country?

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Europe for most searched electric cars

Europe is largely dominated by searches for the Tesla Model 3, with a few countries showing a preference for the Nissan Leaf (notably Russia) and with the tiny principality of Andorra opting for a different Tesla model (the Model X).

North America most searched electric vehicles

The Tesla Model 3 also dominates in North America, although in Central America and the Caribbean there seems to be a bit more diversity, with the Tesla Model S, Model X and the BMW i3 also seeing some popularity.

South America most searched electric vehicles

The picture is very different in South America, with no single brand dominating. Tesla, Nissan and BMW all proved to be popular on the continent, and it’s also one of the few places that we saw the Renault ZOE come out on top (in Colombia).

Asia most searched electric vehicles

In Asia, we see that generally the Tesla Model 3 and the Nissan Leaf are the most dominant makes. Other notable results include the BMW i3 coming out on top in Japan and the Renault ZOE in Singapore.

Africa most searched electric vehicles

In Africa, we see that the results are largely dominated by the Tesla models, with exceptions on a couple of the island nations: the BMW i3 on Madagascar, the Renault ZOE in Cape Verde and the Nissan Leaf in the Seychelles.


With only a couple of countries to compare in Oceania, we see that the Tesla Model 3 came out as the most popular electric vehicle in Australia, with the Nissan Leaf taking top spot in New Zealand.

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Using Google search data, we were able to find the most popular search term for each of the vehicles, and then compare their popularity across the world. 

We didn’t include hybrids (PHEVs) or hydrogen EVs (HEVs) in the sample list, and took the most popular models that solely use a battery (BEVs). We also didn’t include unreleased or limited release vehicles.

Some countries were excluded due to lack of search data. (Aruba, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Cayman Islands, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, French Guiana, Grenada, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Monaco, Myanmar, Niger, Republic of Macedonia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Swaziland, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Yemen.)

All data correct as of May 2019. You can see the full data here.


The Tesla Model 3 comes out on top in over half of the 136 listed countries. The Nissan Leaf comes in second with 22 top countries. 

The Nissan leaf managed to place second for top countries even though it placed third on total searched.

Tesla Models S & X took third and fourth place respectively, showing how much Tesla has been trending. 

Also notable on the number of searches:

BMW i3, Renault ZOE.