Europe Now Has More Than 1 Million Electric Vehicles
Due in part to a 42 percent sales increase for the EV segment, electric-powered cars are now more popular in Europe than ever before
It’s admittedly taken a quite a bit of time, but electric vehicles are finally catching on across the planet. Last year, EVs passed a landmark in China with a total of 1 million units sold.
Now, electric models have reached the same 1-million vehicle figure in another market: Europe.
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During the first half of 2018, European electric car sales grew by 42 percent, with a total of 195,000 EVs and plug-ins sold during that period. That big push for EVs and hybrids led to the 1-million vehicle milestone.
“The one millionth sale this year is a clear signal of consumer intent,” explains Matt Allen, CEO of Pivot Power, a U.K.-based firm that is working to establish a network of electric chargers. “Access to low-cost, well-located charging from abundant power sources is crucial for capturing this momentum.”
No European country has grown more fond of electric models than Norway has. During the first six months of the year, Norwegian drivers purchased a total of 36,500 electric vehicles. In fact, EVs accounted for 37 percent of new vehicle registrations.
Yet, Germany is poised to overtake Norway in terms of total EV sales by the end of the year. As Germany is Europe’s largest car market, this trend shows that EVs are becoming more commonplace across the continent.
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This trend isn’t true everywhere, though. Sales of all-electric vehicles are down by 6 percent in the United Kingdom, although plug-in hybrid sales are on the rise. British drivers cited a lack of compelling electric models from domestic automakers as a main reason why they weren’t purchasing EVs.
By the end of the year, analysts expect a total of 1.35 million electric vehicles across the European continent. It’s safe to say that the spread of EVs across Europe is “electrifying.”
News Source: The Guardian