China Pushes Demand, As Global Electric Car Sales Hit Record High In Third-Quarter!
China made more than half of electric car purchases in the third quarter.
Sales of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids exceeded 287,000 units in the three months ended in September, 63 per cent higher than the same quarter a year ago and up 23 per cent from the second quarter, according to a report released Tuesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
China accounted for more than half of global sales as its market for electric cars doubled amid government efforts to curb pollution.
“The Chinese government is very focused on pushing up electric car sales,” said Aleksandra O’Donovan, advanced transport analyst at BNEF and one of the authors of the report.
“One reason for that is the local pollution levels in the cities, and a second is for China to build domestic heroes to compete internationally in this market.”
BNEF expects global electric car sales to surpass 1 million units this year for the first time.
The market for electrified transport is starting to pick up speed as charging infrastructure becomes more accessible and manufacturers roll out models with longer driving ranges.
Several governments have also announced targets for cleaner transport, some driven by the emissions-cheating scandal that engulfed Volkswagen.
China -- the world’s largest car market -- is mulling its own ban, and even California is considering following suit.
Europe was the second-biggest market in the third quarter for electric vehicles, with 24 per cent of sales, followed by North America. The rising volumes in China are supported by government incentives.
“The national subsidies can make electric vehicles up to 40 per cent cheaper than regular internal combustion cars,” Ms O’Donovan said.
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By Anna Hirtenstein