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Electric vehicles (EV), including battery electric and plug-in hybrids, made up 7.2% of global car sales in the first half of 2021, up from 2.6% in 2019 and 4.3% in 2020, according to new data from BloombergNEF. In North America, EVs made up 3% of sales in the first half but industry observers say 5% is possible as second half sales pick up.
“Global momentum towards zero-emissions road transport has accelerated significantly,” BNEF said in a report released Wednesday on the transportation sector prepared for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
News of higher EV sales came alongside a commitment from General Motors, Ford and other automakers for all new car sales to be zero emission by 2040. Governments, including New York and California (but not the United States), also signed the pledge.