Much progress has been made in the field of electric vehicles in the last 10 years. 10 years ago there were very few battery electric car models to choose from in most parts of the world. Charging networks were also not as common as in many places today. Modern electric cars now have much greater range and can also charge much faster than 10 years ago. The increasing variety of all-electric cars for people to choose from, the increase in production by OEMs and subsequent retail price reductions and/or the availability of more affordable models that allow more people to buy an electric car, as well as an improved range of highly advanced charging networks, all in the last few years. Contributed to increased EV sales.
Record EV sales figures have been reported recently in many major markets, and the market share of electric vehicles in these markets is growing all the time. in Norway, The combined plug-in share of 83.0% in July consisted of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) 70.7% and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) 12.3%. The electric car market in China took a 28% share of automobile sales in June! Germany, Europe’s largest automobile market, saw plug-in electric vehicles take a 25.5% share in July. Globally, June saw a new record in EV sales in a single month, with BEVs taking up 12% of the global market.
Things got a little slower in the US. However, the US has recently reached a significant point in electric vehicle penetration. 5% of new car sales in the US are now powered only by electricity. By Bloomberg“Everything changes when 5% of new car sales become fully electric.” This happened after Bloomberg’s Analysis of the 19 countries that made the EV pivot. Everything is about to change and electric cars will soon be everywhere, so much so that we won’t even call them electric cars anymore – they will be so normal that they will simply 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 my first visit to the USA in June 2013. I spent some time in Seattle and also the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland) in Washington State. I didn’t see many electric cars during my stay. Really had to look for some. A few weeks ago I spent some time in Washington DC, Manhattan and New Jersey. The opposite side of the country, but still the progress is very clear. Electric cars are everywhere! I didn’t even need to call them. Everywhere I went I was randomly hitting electric cars. 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 lots of new Tesla Model S Plaids. I’ve seen a number of Model 3s used in Manhattan as part of the famous Yellow Taxis. I’ve also seen many Model Ys that are part of Revel’s fleet. Other EVs I noticed were quite a few Kia e-Niros, Ford Mustang Mach Es and some VW ID.
I haven’t been to Norway but I imagine what it would be like to take a stroll through the streets of major cities in Norway. If electric cars seem to be “everywhere” in Manhattan, New Jersey, and DC, a country with lower penetration rates, it must be nice to walk the streets in Norway. Much progress has been made in the last 10 years. The next 10 years will be much better. Electric cars could be literally anywhere, and they’re just going to be called cars.
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