The surge in sales of electric vehicles in Europe has also resulted in an enormous increase in the registration of such cars in the continent.
The escalation has been so noticeable mainly because the number of EVs registered in 2020 jumped up from 550,000 to 1,325,000 EVs in 2020.
This 11% increase in the overall EV registrations is incredible and represents how well the EV sector is currently performing.
As evident from the graph shown below, the overall registration of electric vehicles in the UK, Norway and Iceland saw a rising trend from 2012 onwards but the number of vehicles registered per year has never been as high as it is now.
What Is Fueling The Change?
The main driving factor behind such elevated sales and registration figures is that the EU is committed to reducing the overall air pollution levels and aims to bring down this value by 55% for cars and 50% for vans and that too by just 2030. This means that with only 8 years left to achieve the target, the governments in different EU countries have now amplified their efforts.
The EU has also banned the sales of all internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles after 2035 and as millions of cars are sold per year in Europe alone, this means that many new buyers are now going for the electric options and this is why the EV registrations in EU countries is so high now.
Nothing explains the situation better than a graph and this is why the below graph is instrumental in showing the overall surge that the EV registrations in EU countries are experiencing at the moment.
This graph illustrates that Norway is leading the EU countries in terms of the overall percentage of EVs registered whereas Germany, the United Kingdom and France are the leaders in the total number of EVs sold and registered annually.
In 2019, 75% of all newly registered vehicles in Norway were electric whereas those in Iceland, Sweden and Netherlands were 46%, 33% and 28% respectively.
The below graph shows the overall number of electric vehicles registered in EU countries during the quarters between 2018 and 2021.
BEV vs PHEVs
If you are interested in knowing how battery electric vehicles (BEVs) compare with Plug-in Hybrids, in terms of registrations per year, the following graph provides all the vital data from 2011 onwards.
What can be better than seeing a pictorial manifestation of the continent for knowing the overall popularity of electric vehicles? Here is one such example which provides detailed insight into the matter.
Exemptions Offered To EV Owners By Leading Countries
The countries that are leading from the front in terms of electric platform adoption are doing so because they are offering special exemptions and incentives to EV owners.
Presently 17 EU countries offer incentives of some kind to EV buyers, however, it is worth noting that the number has come down from 20 in 2020.
UK is presently offering a grant of around €1800 on the purchase of an EV costing less than €38,260 and this is just one example.
The German government is currently offering a 10% to 30% subsidy on the installation of a wall charger and the UK government is offering up to 75% (as much as €418) upon the installation of the first electric charger.
Conditions For Using EVs Vary From One Country To Another
Using an EV does not offer the same experience in every country so while owning your EV can be extremely easy in some countries, doing the same is hard elsewhere.
Netherlands has the highest number of EV chargers per 100 km of the road i.e. 47.5 whereas Lithuania and Greece have much fewer i.e. 0.2 electric chargers per 100 km of road.
The number of EV sales is continuously rising throughout Europe which shows that the general public has accepted the technology and is willing to make the switch.