The share of electric vehicles sold in the EU more than tripled in 2020, reaching 10.5 percent for the first time, the latest data show that initiatives by the EU and member states to stimulate demand for these cars have borne fruit.

The jump in sales of electric vehicles, which accounted for three percent of cars sold in 2019, indicates that the dominance of fossil fuel vehicles is weakening and that the EU’s goal of 35-40 percent of electric vehicles on the market by 2030 will be achieved, reports the Brussels portal EURACTIV.

The plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 11.9 percent in 2020, and the share of gasoline vehicles dropped to below 50 percent, Beta reports.

“With the right support, including a massive increase in battery charging infrastructure and alternative fuel pumps in all EU countries, this positive trend can continue,” said Oliver Zipse, president of the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers and CEO of BMW.

The EU has set very strict standards for emissions in order to encourage car manufacturers to switch to “clean” vehicles. According to those regulations, cars must emit 37.5 percent less carbon dioxide by 2030 compared to 2021, and vans 31 percent less.

The European Commission hopes that with these measures, it will succeed in having 30 million zero-emission vehicles on the roads in the EU by 2030. To that end, the EC plans to add at least 2.75 million charging stations across Europe.

The director of the non-governmental organization Transport and Environment, Yulia Poliskanova, believes that the strict EU goals regarding carbon dioxide emissions are the main driver of the increase in the number of electric vehicles.

“National initiatives have helped increase sales despite the pandemic, but we wouldn’t have had so many electric vehicles to buy at all if manufacturers hadn’t rushed to avoid heavy fines,” she said.

The measures introduced in the fight against the pandemic during 2020 caused great losses to retail, and the automobile industry was hit even harder. Passenger car sales fell by almost 25 percent.

Zipse said that despite the economic crisis, the European car industry remains committed to achieving carbon neutrality.

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