By 2025 automakers selling in the US must have a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg). Right now, this number is at 24.7 mpg.

By 2020 the US state of California will require 10% of all automobile sales to be electric or hydrogen fuel cell cars.

With gasoline prices low and a large demand for large fossil fuel vehicles underway, US sales of electric battery operated cars fell to 2.4% of all vehicle sales in that country.  This is a 20% decrease from 2014 EV sales in the US.

The trend has sent ripples of concern through an auto industry that must meet escalating emissions goals to combat global warming by 2020 — that is, within the current product cycle. “The regulators are what are driving electric car production,” said Karl Brauer, an industry analyst with Kelley Blue Book. “It’s not because consumers are demanding them.” Industry insiders refer to EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt as “compliance vehicles,” made not in response to market demand, but to comply with government regulations. (Detroit News, Disconnect grows over electric cars, January 7, 2016)

In the US, plug-in electric car sales reached 116,548 in 2015, down from 123,049 units sold in 2014, or a decline of 5% from the previous year. You can get a monthly sales breakdown by vehicle here. In contrast there were 17.47 million light-duty vehicles sold in the US in 2015, a 6% increase from 2014. Plug-in EVs accounted for only .007% of all vehicles sold in that country in 2015.

The number of new cars eligible for the UK’s government Plug-in Car Grant rose from 14,532 in 2014 to 28,188 last year, an increase of 94%. The grant offers up to £5,000 off the cost of electric vehicles. EV’s (plug-ins and hybrids) accounted for 2.8% of all automobiles sold in the UK in 2015. In contrast, diesel engines represented 48% of all vehicle sales in 2015.

Electric cars represented 17% of new vehicles registered in Norway last year. Almost 26,000 EVs were registered out of a total of 150,700 private new cars, according to the Information Council for Road Traffic. Norway has the highest percentage of EV sales in the world due to its generous incentives for buyers.  These includes tax exemptions for EV purchases as well as exemptions on road tolls, the use of collective transport lanes, and free parking. Norway’s capital city, Oslo, will soon open what is likely to be the world’s largest electric car parking lot, with 86 recharging stations for EVs available at no cost.

In France, electric car sales represented just 0.9%  of new car registrations in 2015. The French government offers 10,000 euros to car owners who swap their old diesel for a new electric car.

 

 

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