European countries where the electric car hits hardest

The Old Continent is preparing for the penetration of electric vehicles, since sustainable mobility is essential to meet the objectives against climate change signed in the Paris Agreement. But not in all countries it happens equally.

We live immersed in the transition to sustainable mobility: in Spain more than 300,000 cars should circulate next year to reduce the pollutant emissions by 2050 by 2050. In countries like France or the United Kingdom, the sale of cars will be prohibited of combustion in 2040, a decade earlier in the German case and in 2025 for Norway and the Netherlands. The restrictions of polluting vehicles, the tax incentive for electric or measures such as Central Madrid are some of the most prominent proposals to reduce pollution in cities and fight against climate change.

Some of the measures considered by the European Parliament are the obligation by 2025 for a quarter of commercialized vehicles to be electric, as well as the quota system to accelerate the transition to electric mobility. It is important, since in the market the adoption is being slow, despite the administrative attempts and the ecological effort to make this reality palpable.

The following graphic prepared by Statista shows the European countries in which the electric car is achieving greater penetration. The leadership is held by Norway, since the Nordic country is number one in enrollment with 56.2% of the total (with 43,976 units) in the first half of the year.

Consumers in Iceland, Sweden and the Netherlands are also championing the sale of European electric cars in this first look of 2019, with 14.4%, 11.3% and 10.1% of registered cars of this type, respectively. In the rest of the continent, the use and purchase of these means of transport is practically marginal, as in the Spanish case, where from January to June 8,958 passenger cars of the 692,472 were registered in total, equivalent to 1.3%, according to the data of the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers. In the attached map you can check the complete proportion of electric with respect to the enrollments.

It should be noted that a recent report prepared by the consultant Element Energy at the request of Enel, Iberdrola, Renault, Nissan and Transport & Environment, estimates that in 2030 17 million plug-ins will circulate in the European Union, 15% of the total market share. The figure will have increased to 10 million by 2040, 56% of the total.

In addition, according to the study “Boosting the Future of Europe: How the transition of oil strengthens the economy”, the replacement of fossil fuels with electricity will substantially improve the quality of European air. Specifically, it is estimated that nitrogen oxide emissions, mainly generated by diesel engines, will be reduced by almost half by 2030, from 1.3 million tons per year to 70,000 tons in ten years. The document also estimates that road transport emissions will drop 88% in 2050.