Global plug-in sales reach 3.2m in 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 saw significant global growth in the EV market, according to new figures.

The study, undertaken by, suggests that the combined sales of pure EVs (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) was a million more year-on-year – from 2.26m in 2019 to 3.24m in 2020.

Europe in particular has been a success story – even while its economies have been ravaged by coronavirus lockdowns. Some 1.4m BEVs and PHEVs were registered in 2020 across the continent – a 137% annual growth margin. This was against a 20% decline in the overall vehicle market, suggesting during a ‘normal’ economic cycle, the figures would have been even more impressive.

Europe has now overtaken China in terms of EV growth with sales outstripping China for the first time since 2015 – accelerating from a 3.3% to 10.2% share of the market compared to 5.1% to 5.5% in China.

The US and other global market news was less optimistic with EV sales only increasing by 4% and there were declines in Japan, Canada and Australia. But increases in South Korea, Taiwan, India, Israel and elsewhere assisted in global growth, EV-volumes said.

According to the report, global EV sales are expected to grow to 4.6m plug-in sales with higher growth in the two largest economies of China and North America.

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