As for today, all-electric cars and hybrids make up a minor part of global new vehicles sales. Though, if we talk about dynamics there is a rapid growth – for instance, in 2015 there were 73% more EVs sold globally, than in 2014. Multiple countries nowadays consider to completely ban gasoline and diesel vehicles in order to cope with ecological issues and carbon emissions.
Although Norway with its chilly and ‘two-months-of-sunshine’ climate does not seem like the best option for lithium-ion powered vehicles, exactly this country has the highest EV sales volume of 24% of all-electric cars in the general new cars sales last year. Also, there is an outstanding infrastructure with thousands of high-power public chargers and Tesla Superchargers. EV buyers and holders use a variety of generous incentives. Norwegian government is working on the plan of transportation system developing, which includes a wide range of instruments to grow the EV part in vehicle sales to 100% by 2025.
The Netherlands is moving in pretty same direction. Absolutely like Norway, The Netherlands have very concentrated populations, resulting short average commuting distances – a perfect ground for even short-range electric vehicles success. The Dutch parliament have passed a motion to ban the internal combustion cars sales completely by 2025, which is now being examined by senate. The proposition allows to sell new electric vehicles and hybrids, while the gasoline and diesel cars sold before 2025 are legal to operate until the ends of their life time.
German Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake believes that Germany is able to become ‘all-electric’ by 2030. The thing is that the country aims at cutting carbon emissions for 80-95% by 2050 and this goal would be impossible to reach without a proper incentives within the means of private transportation. However, Germany had already started on its way: 2020 should be the year when the country would face 1 million EVs on the roads, and the government pays 4,000 Euros for purchasing an electric vehicle up to 60,000 Euros of retail price.
India is probably the most surprising country in this list. However, India’s government is seriously considering all cars in the country to be electric by 2030. Since it requires a huge government incentives in order to make EVs extremely cheap, there is an issue: many households in India do not even have access to electricity at all, while the majority of energy in the country is being produced using fossil fuels. Nevertheless, such ambitious plan has to be more than welcomed in the country with one of the worst air pollution.