The most electric cars were sold worldwide in 2020

The most electric cars were sold worldwide in 2020

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.

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