Electric cars will soon be called cars

Over the last 10 years, much progress has been made in the field of electric vehicles. 10 years ago there were very few battery electric car models to choose from in many parts of the world. Cargo networks were also not as widespread as they are now in many places. Modern electric cars now have a much longer range and can also be charged much faster than 10 years ago. An increase in the variety of all-electric cars for people to choose from, an increase in OEM production and consequent reductions in retail prices and/or the availability of more affordable models that allow more people to afford a electric car, the improved range as well as the greatly improved charging networks have contributed to the increase in sales of electric vehicles over the last two years.

Record sales figures for electric vehicles have been reported in many major markets recently, and the market share of electric vehicles in these markets is growing steadily. In Norway, July’s combined plug-in share of 83.0% included 70.7% battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 12.3% plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). In China, the electric car market had a 28% share of auto sales in June! Germany, Europe’s largest car market, saw plug-in electric vehicles take a 25.5% share in July. Globally, June saw a new record for electric vehicle sales in a single month, with BEVs taking a 12% share of the global market.

Things have been a little slower in the US. However, the US recently reached an important point in the penetration of electric vehicles. 5% of new car sales in the US are now electric-only. Seconds Bloomberg, “Once 5% of new car sales are fully electric, everything changes.” That was after from Bloomberg analysis of the 19 countries that have pivoted EV. Everything is about to change, and soon electric cars will be everywhere, so we won’t even call them electric cars – they’ll be so ordinary they’ll just be called cars!

Although the US appears to be moving much more slowly than other markets, it has changed a lot over the last 10 years. I remember the first time I visited the United States in June 2013. I spent some time in Seattle and also in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland) in Washington State. During my stay, I didn’t see many electric cars. You really had to look for some. A few weeks ago I was able to spend some time in Washington DC, Manhattan and New Jersey. The opposite side of the country, but still the progress is clear. Electric cars everywhere! I didn’t even have to look for them. Everywhere I went, I was randomly bumped into electric cars. Lots of Teslas, I mean lots of Teslas! They looked like Toyota Corollas or Honda Civics, because they were everywhere. Model Ys, Model 3s, Model Xs and Model Ss. I even saw many of the new Tesla Model S Plaids. In Manhattan, I saw a number of Model 3s being used as part of the famous Yellow Cabs. I also saw a bunch of Model Y’s that are part of the Revel fleet. Other EVs I noticed were a few Kia e-Niros, Ford Mustang Mach Es and some VW ID.4s.

I haven’t been to Norway, but I’m just imagining what it would be like to walk the streets of Norway’s main cities. If electric cars seem to be “everywhere” in Manhattan, New Jersey and DC, in a nation with lower penetration rates, then walking the streets of Norway should be a beautiful thing. Much progress has been made in the last 10 years. The next 10 years will be much better. Electric cars could literally be everywhere and they’ll just be called cars.

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