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The number of electric vehicles has increased worldwide. But is it sufficient? How can we boost sluggish electric vehicle sales?

Based on the latest findings of the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), last year the number of electric vehicles (EV) sales increased worldwide by almost 750,000 to around 1.3 million. The ZSW came to this total in its latest assessment of developments in electric mobility.

Researchers recorded around 550,000 new registrations in 2015, up 68% from the previous year when 330,000 new EV were sold. Over 207,000 of these new electric cars are motoring on China’s roads. And with that, the fleet of electric vehicles in China has tripled in number to 307,000. In the United States alone, electric cars – a total of 410,000 – are registered more than in any other country. I am sure these numbers can convince everyone that we are on the right track.

However, we should take into consideration three crucial factors – battery development, infrastructure development and legislative support. Recently designed Lithium-Sulphur batteries can store four times more energy in comparison with conventional Lithium-Ion batteries. Of course, the research and development of these batteries will take several years, but the battery development has made a significant stride over past years. Their capacity has increased and price has decreased significantly. As for infrastructure development, it is lagging behind EV development. But the situation is getting better and better. Even the EV producers have already started building the network of charging stations, e.g. Tesla Motors.

The number of sold EVs goes hand in hand with state subsidies as well. As for legislative support, a Pan-European directive setting targets does not exist, yet many governments have decided to subsidize vehicle sales that offer plug-in hybrid & electric vehicle sales. For example, Norwegians do not have to pay VAT on electric vehicles, they can park their EVs free of charge, they can use highways free of charge, including bus lanes etc. Many other countries have decided to provide significant incentives to boost EV sales numbers.

But as I mentioned previously there is not a Pan-European effort to subsidize the owners of EVs. If the European Commission can deal with emission standards for vehicles with combustion engines (Euro 6 – the latest version ), they must also deal with subsidies and incentives for owners of EVs. Therefore we should stay united and put pressure on the European Commission to start dealing with it. The sooner the more EVs will be on our roads.

Vladislav Borovsky, Editor-in- chief, Pluginfuture.com

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