Much progress has been made in the field of electric vehicles over the past 10 years. Ten years ago in many places in the world there were very few models of battery electric cars to choose from. Also, the charging networks were not as widespread as they are now in many places. Modern electric cars now have much more range and can also charge a lot faster than 10 years ago. The greater variety of all electric cars from which people can choose, an increase in production by OEMs and subsequent reductions in the retail price, and/or the availability of more affordable models allowing more people to afford an electric car, the improved range also as the greatly improved charging networks in recent years have all contributed to higher sales of electric vehicles.
Record numbers of electric vehicle sales have been reported recently in quite a few of the major markets and the market share of electric vehicles in those markets is constantly growing. In Norway, July’s combined plug-in share of 83.0% consisted of 70.7% battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 12.3% plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). In China, the electric car market had a 28% share of car sales in June! Germany, Europe’s largest car market, saw plug-in electric vehicles take up a 25.5% share in July. Globally, June saw a new record for electric vehicle sales in one month, with BEVs taking a 12% share of the global market.
Things were a little slower in the US. However, the US has recently reached an important point in terms of EV penetration. 5% of new car sales in the US are now powered by electricity alone. According to Bloomberg“Once 5% of new car sales go all-electric, everything changes.” this was na Bloomberg’s analysis of the 19 countries that have run the EV. Everything is about to change and electric cars will soon be everywhere so that we won’t even call them electric cars anymore – they will be so normal that they will just be called cars!
While the US seems to be moving much more slowly than other markets, a lot has changed in the last 10 years. I remember the first time I visited the US in June 2013. I spent some time in Seattle and also in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland) in Washington State. During my stay I did not see many electric cars. One really had to look for it. A few weeks ago I got to spend some time in Washington DC, Manhattan and New Jersey. The other side of the country, but still the progress is crystal clear. Electric cars everywhere! I didn’t even have to look for them. Everywhere I went I came across electric cars randomly. Lots of Teslas, I mean lots of Teslas! They looked like Toyota Corollas or Honda Civics because they were everywhere. Model Ys, Model 3s, Model Xs and Model Ss. I’ve even seen quite a few of the new Tesla Model S Plaids. In Manhattan I saw a number of Model 3’s being used as part of the famous Yellow Cabs. I also saw many Model Y’s that are part of Revel’s fleet. Other EVs that caught my eye were quite a few Kia e-Niros, Ford Mustang Mach Es, and a few VW ID.4s.
I haven’t been to Norway, but I just imagine what it would be like to walk the streets of major cities in Norway. If electric cars seem to be “everywhere” in Manhattan, New Jersey and DC, in a country with a lower penetration rate, then walking on the streets in Norway should be a beautiful thing. So much progress has been made in the last 10 years. The next 10 years will be a lot better. Electric cars can be literally anywhere, and they will just be called cars.
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