STAT E-STICS – E-Mobility Around the Globe

E-mobility has arrived in Austria. The number of registrations of electric cars has been rising sharply for months. In Austria, the extremely well-developed…

E-mobility has arrived in Austria. The number of registrations of electric cars has been rising sharply for months. In Austria, the extremely well-developed charging infrastructure contributes to this enormous popularity in addition to very attractive funding measures. Additionally, there are various advantages for electric vehicle enthusiasts, such as the lifting of the IG-L restriction on some motorway sections or the large number of free fast charging stations.

In order to take a holistic view of the energy transition, it is not enough to just look at the figures for the domestic market. For this reason, our INSTADRIVER has researched the topic and gathered global data and facts, which we would like to share with you here:

First, let us look back a little further at our own market in Austria:

In 2012, the number of electric vehicles in Austria was 1,389. In 2019 there were already 29,523 copies, 42% more than in the previous year (2018: 20,831).

In January 2021, 45,495 electric cars were already on the road in Austria, 54.1% more than a year before.

With 5.29 million cars registered in Austria, the share of electric cars is now 0.86%.

Experts are now estimating that the proportion of electric cars will rise to over 30% in 2030.

E-Mobility in China

In China, 2.58 million all-electric cars were already on the road in 2019 and a further 511,000 all-electric cars were registered in the first 9 months of 2020. Although the electric car market is declining due to the withdrawal of government subsidies in China, and in this regard, Europe was the market with the highest sales in 2020, more pure electric cars are still registered in China than in Europe. The total numbers for 2020 amount to around 680,000 units and thus 3.4% of all new registrations in China.

E-Mobility in Europe

In Europe, which includes the 27 EU member states plus the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland, 418,140 battery-powered electric cars (BEVs) were sold in the first 9 months of 2020. We were able to find the final figures for quarters 1 to 3 worldwide and, for comparison purposes, use the first 9 months in order to be able to draw conclusions about all 12 months of 2020.

In Europe, 557,520 electric cars would have been added in 2020. However, since clearly more electric cars have been sold in the last 3 months, we round up to around 600,000 vehicles.

E-Mobility in the USA

In the US, 182,176 all-electric cars were registered by the third quarter of 2020. At the end of the year, however, significantly more was added. With a total of 271,864 pure electric cars (BEVs), the USA plays a subordinate role in contrast to Europe and China. What is interesting here, however, is the strong concentration on one manufacturer. Of the almost 272,000 BEVs sold, 228,000 were Tesla models alone.

E-Mobility Worldwide

If we now add up the new registrations from 2020, there are currently 3.26 million pure electric cars in China, 1.57 million in Europe and 1.15 million in the USA.

Overall, the estimated number of electric cars in Europe, the USA and China is almost 6 million copies. In the rest of the countries the value is, according to our calculations, over 400,000 BEVs. We therefore estimate the number of registered battery-operated electric cars worldwide to be 6.4 million.

That means 94% of the world’s BEVs are in the EU, China and the USA.

There are currently 1.3 billion cars worldwide, which means that the share of electric cars worldwide is just 0.5%.

The figures are not that easy to come by for some countries, but it is already clear that the share of electric cars around the world has still to grow a good bit.

INSTADRIVE and our INSTADRIVER will keep you posted and up to date on how the e-mobility market will develop worldwide.

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