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December 13, 2021

Plug-in Vehicles’ Share of New Light Duty Vehicle Sales in Europe More than Tripled in 2020

Although overall light-duty vehicle sales were down in 2020 due to the pandemic, plug-in vehicle sales bucked that trend and saw growth in many markets. This was especially evident in Europe where the share of plug-in vehicle sales more than tripled, reaching 10.5% of all new light-duty vehicle sales. The sales share in China and the United States also increased but at more moderate rates, reaching 5.4% and 2.1% of all light-duty vehicle sales, respectively.

Light-Duty Plug-in Vehicle Market Share, 2015-2020

Note: Plug-in vehicles include plug-in hybrid vehicles and all-electric vehicles.

Source: China – Data summarized by Argonne National Laboratory from Hewu Wang, Xu Hao. Data Base of Electric Vehicle Production in China, State Key Laboratory of Automotive Safety and Energy, Tsinghua University.

Europe – European Alternative Fuels Observatory.

United States – Argonne National Laboratory, Light-Duty Electric Drive Vehicles Monthly Sales Update Program, October 26, 2021.

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