More electric than diesel

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Car sales figures for last December in the European Union offer a very interesting picture: for the first time in history, sales of vehicles powered solely by batteries exceeds that of diesel vehicles.

An important milestone in the decarbonization of transport, essential for compliance with the Paris Agreements: electric vehicles are not the solution to achieve these goals, but part of it is, and above all, one of those that clearly depends on the individual decisions of citizens.

During December 2021, a total of approximately 176,000 electric vehicles were sold in Europe, 20% of the total, which represents an increase of 6% over December 2020. Sales of diesel vehicles during that same period remained around at 160,000 units. when he jumped the dieselgate Volkswagen In September 2015, around 50% of car sales in the European Union were diesel vehicles.

In world figures, Norway stands out as the country with the highest market share for electric vehicles with 82.7% of sales of new vehicles corresponding to this category, followed by Iceland (55.6%), Sweden (39.9%) or Finland (28.3%) . Spain (4.8%) is one of the countries with the lowest values ​​in the European Union, reflecting the lack of market education in this regard, the ambiguity of government policies that continue to encourage the purchase of combustion vehicles, and the lack of infrastructures dedicated to recharging.

2022 is going to be a key year for the automotive industry. For National Geographic, which draws an interesting graph with the forecasts of the transition in the different world markets in the next twenty years, we speak clearly of future of the industry, and the companies that do not know how to move in it, will risk the most absolute irrelevance. It’s time to let go concept cars, advertisements and projects, or misleading the market with supposedly organic variegated hybrids that are not, and start putting vehicles really electric in the market as if there were no tomorrow. For governments, it is also necessary to put a more ambitious decarbonization on the agenda: set dates for vehicles with certain emission levels to stop circulating, close city centers to combustion vehicles to create low-emission zones , and decarbonize urban transport, both buses and fleets of taxis, VTCs and logistics delivery vehicles.

We are facing a key year in the decarbonisation of transport. We hope that we are all capable of developing enough maturity to understand it that way.

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