Study reveals big global disparities in electric car ownership

Europe and China are currently dominating the electric car market, while Russia, South America, and Africa are left behind, according to a study from the Munich Mobility Show.

The research found that Europe sold more new electric vehicles than China for the first time in 2020.

Europe and China together house 70 per cent of the 9.9 million electric cars sold so far.

Last year, sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the EU nearly trebled to over 1 million vehicles, representing 10 per cent of global sales.

The study, which examined vehicle registration data, found that throughout 2020, China had 4.2 electric vehicles on the road, Europe had 3.2 million and the United States had 1.7 million.

According to the Munich Mobility Show, new electric vehicle sales increased in every major market last year, except for in the US where sales dropped by 6 per cent.

But the research demonstrates big disparities in EV ownership across the world.
Norway, which has a population of five million, has a cumulative total of 433,609 electric cars sold so far and new sales of more than 105,000 units in 2020.

However Russia, which has a much higher population of 145 million, only sold 1,760 electric cars.

Again in South America, which has a population of over 420 million, there were only 18,000 EV registrations documented last year.

The only registrations in Africa, which has a total population of 1.2 billion, were documented in South Africa, totalling just 1,509 in 2020.

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