Europe will see more than half a million electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads by the end of 2016, according to the report “Electric vehicles in Europe – 2016” by Transport & Environment (T&E). The EU doubled the sales of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in 2015 reaching 145,000 units sold, the biggest sales increase for any year to date.
Greg Archer, clean vehicles director of T&E, said: “The electromobility revolution is underway and Europe is well placed to take a leading position. To fully grab this chance, Europe needs four important boosts from regulators: ambitious European CO2 limits for new cars in 2025 including a specific target for EV sales to stimulate competition amongst carmakers; to accelerate the roll-out of EV charging infrastructure across Europe; to ban dirty diesels from cities; and tax breaks for battery electric vehicles.”
Source: T&E press release, 13 October 2016 (www.transportenvironment.org)