Electromobility in search for the accelerator pedal

January 18, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Electromobility in search for the accelerator pedal
The demand for electric vehicles continues to grow and China remains the largest market for this type of car. In this respect, everything seems the same - but from 2020, electric mobility should finally switch to overdrive. The latest report from the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) gives figures and tells how the market will develop.

More than ever, the growth of electric mobility is being driven by China. In 2018, 2.1 million electric vehicles were sold worldwide for 2.1 million units. In China alone, sales of electric vehicles grew by 62% to 1.255 million. These include 202,000 electrically powered commercial vehicles. The growth in e-mobility in the passenger car segment (excluding CV) was even stronger, rising by 82 % to 1.05 million vehicles. The market share of e-vehicles in total registrations rose from 2.7 to 4.5 (Passenger Vehicles, PV = 4.4 %). The share of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) is 75 % (PV), with plug-in hybrids (PHEV) gaining market share. The Chinese automobile market is dominated by Chinese automobile manufacturers to about 95 %.

This is the result of an industry study conducted by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, which regularly analyses the market trends and innovations of manufacturers in the field of electric mobility in an international comparison.

In the USA, the sales figures for electric vehicles in 2018 rose by 86% year-on-year to 361,000 units. This was primarily due to new registrations of the Tesla Model 3. The USA is thus by far the second most important market for electric mobility after China. Overall, the market share of electric cars in the USA almost doubled from 1.1 % to 2.1 % in 2018. Around two thirds of the e-vehicles sold are battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

In Europe, Norway remains the most important country for electric cars both in terms of sales figures and market share. In 2018, 18% more e-cars were registered there, bringing the number of new registrations to 73,000. The share of electric vehicles in the total vehicle market thus rose to 49.1 % - almost every second new car in Norway thus has an electric drive.


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