Electric Cars and Electric Mobility - Statistics & Facts

Dwindling stocks of raw materials, environmental issues around global warming and rapid urbanization in the developing world are among the challenges that engineers and scientists need to address to meet concerns and provide answers to questions over sustainability and the future of the planet. They have certainly begun to do so. Government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, are increasingly beginning to introduce limits on carbon dioxide emissions. Automakers are expected to be penalized if they fail to meet these standards. In 2015, Volkswagen experienced how disrespecting emerging environmental regulations may hurt brand image.

In spite of the new regulations, standards and goals in effect, opponents are right to criticize that the sources of electricity employed to power electric cars, as well as the types of materials used in car batteries are generally not taken into consideration when it comes to calculating a vehicle’s carbon footprint.

The market for electric vehicles (EVs) is still heavily subsidized. As of 2016, Norway is awarding some 20,000 U.S. dollars per electric vehicle. By 2018, the Chinese government demands that EVs make up eight percent of every brand's production. At the beginning of 2016, the global number of electric vehicles in use came to around 1.3 million units.

Further information on the eMobility market can be found in the Statista Digital Market Trend Report: eMobility 2017.

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