What country sold the largest number of Electric Vehicles in 2016?

Grade level:  4th – 5th grades

Skills: Number comparison & Subtraction (Large numbers) 

Related environmental issues: Energy & Climate Change

Dyson, the UK company best known for its vacuum cleaners, recently announced its plan to build its own electric vehicles by 2020.  Conventional cars produce a lot of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change and smog.  Electric vehicles can reduce the emission because those cars are exclusively powered by electricity like iPhones. There were about 2 million electric vehicles running in the world in 2016. The table below shows the number of electric vehicles sold in five countries in 2016.

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  1. What country sold the largest number of electric vehicles in 2016?
  2. Among Japan, the United States, and Canada, which country sold the smallest number of electric vehicles in 2016?
  3. What country sold about half of the electric vehicles sold in China?
  4. How many more electric vehicles did the United Kingdom sell than Japan?

Sources: International Energy Agency, 2017. Global EV Outlook 2017 


Answer keys

  1. China
  2. Canada
  3. United States
  4. 37,912 – 24,851 = 13,061