The proportion of electric cars has tripled in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2019. The reason: the stricter emission standards for new cars in force since this year, says the European organization Transport and Environment (T&E) Monday.
In the first half of 2020, a new car emitted an average of 111.2 grams of CO2 per kilometer, which is 9.2% less than last year. This is the first time since 2016 that CO2 emissions from new cars have decreased in Europe.
If emissions have fallen, it is because four out of ten new cars registered today are SUVs, compared to a quarter in 2016. Since this year, stricter European emission standards have been put in place. Newly registered cars, for example, cannot emit more than 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer. These more stringent standards have therefore forced car manufacturers to invest in electric models. And this is bearing fruit today, according to the European organization.
The proportion of electric cars will continue to increase next year, but the organization fears that this share will stagnate. “Next year, one in seven cars sold in Europe will be an electric model,” says director Julia Poliscanova. “But without ambitious new environmental targets for Europe, I fear this share will not increase further from 2022.”