EV sales accelerating—but not everywhere
As the end of the year approaches, it seems like an apt time to reflect on global progress to electrify the cars we drive. Norway continues to cement its image as the poster child of the EV age, with entirely fossil-fuel-powered cars representing just 5% of the new car market in November, while more than nine out of ten new cars sold had a plug.
Meanwhile, battery powered vehicles accounted for one in five new passenger vehicle sales in the U.K. in November amid plunging purchases of diesel and petrol cars. The picture in Germany was similar, with battery EVs making up 20% of the market. In fact, across Europe, sales of plug-in vehicles (including plug-in hybrids) hit a 23% market share. Perhaps one reason why Toyota just announced it will only sell zero-emissions cars in Europe by 2035.
The picture here in Canada is more fragmented, with B.C. and Quebec leading in EV sales, in large part thanks to ambitious provincial policy. Both provinces have zero-emission vehicle mandates in place that require automakers to sell an increasing proportion of electric vehicles, alongside federal and provincial rebates. The result is that prospective EV owners in the rest of Canada are missing out. As my colleague Joanna Kyriazis told the Globe and Mail, Canada needs a federal mandate to “even the playing field…(and) make sure every Canadian who wants an EV can find one to buy no matter where in the country they live.”