Electrified cars surged the 1 million mark worldwide since 2015 image

According to the International Energy Association, there are now more than 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on roads.

Battery-powered cars are gaining more and more traction and 2015 was a decisive year for such environmentally friendly vehicles, as they crossed the 1 million mark and closing at 1.26 million units deployed worldwide. A report from the International Energy Association show that PEVs are accounting for only 0.1 percent of the global auto market, but there are seven countries where they make up more than 1 percent of the car fleet. Norway had the highest share of electric cars, at 23 percent, followed by the Netherlands, at 10 percent. The other countries are Sweden, Denmark, France, China – where registrations tripled last year, thus becoming the world’s largest EV market in 2015 – and the United Kingdom, while a decline in US electric cars sales pulled the share there down to 0.7 percent.

According to the IEA, global EV sales were at 477,000 in 2015, with a total volume of 1.15 million, up 70 percent over 2014 levels. Not only did electric car sales surge in 2015, but so did infrastructure for EVs, with total recharging stations reaching 1.45 million units, against 820,000 in 2014 and roughly 20,000 in 2010.

This speedy trend would help meet goals related to limiting climate change and local air pollution. The IEA’s 2 Degree Scenario (2DS) requires at least 39 percent sustained annual average growth to meet its interim 2025 target for limiting the rise of global temperature. IEA’s long-term target is limiting global average temperature rise since the preindustrial era to 2C by 2050.

Via Hybrid Cars