Electric vehicles (EV) have long been on the market but while combustion engine car sales fell sharply in 2020, it was the EV’s best year ever.
According to Statista, 2.3-million units of EVs were sold worldwide in 2020, compared to 2.14-million in 2019.
In the UK, sales rose by 186%, with more than 108,000 sold in 2020 according to New Scientist. In Norway, EVs outsold combustion engine cars last year, with 54.3% of new car sales being EVs. Electric vehicles currently make up more than 10% of Europe’s car sales.
The UK’s boom in EV sales could be largely contributed to the government charging companies a 0% company car tax from April 2020 to April 2021, whereas between 20 and 37% tax is charged on petrol and diesel cars.
Some countries like Japan have pledged to go carbon-neutral over a long-term period, and this includes crossing over to solely electric-powered vehicles by 2035.