London-ALSHARQIYA January 20: Global sales of electric cars increased very rapidly in 2020, rising by 43% to more than 3 million cars, despite the decline in overall sales of traditional cars by a fifth during the Corona pandemic, according to the British newspaper "The Guardian".
Tesla was the leading global electric vehicle sales company, with around 500,000 cars sold, followed by Volkswagen. Electric vehicle sales doubled in Europe, pushing European Union countries to second place after China in the list of electric vehicle sales.
The list was determined according to data published by the Swedish consulting firm "EV-volumes" on Tuesday on its website.
Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and hybrid vehicles accounted for 4.2% of the global car market, up from 2.5% in 2019.
The rise in electric vehicle sales is attributable to government policies seeking to reduce carbon emissions, but Viktor Earl, sales and marketing analyst at EV-volumes, said that "the main factor in the increase in sales is that electric cars are simply better technology."
Electric vehicle sales fell below 2019 levels from March to June 2020 during the lockdown period, but sales recovered strongly after that, and by December they were double the level compared to December 2019.
Tesla's approach of selling cars directly to customers rather than dealerships or distributors contributed to its increase in sales, and other companies such as Volkswagen adopted this approach in sales in 2020.
Earl said that "about 150 new models of electric and hybrid cars are expected to be launched in 2021," and he estimated "expected sales of about 4.6 million cars" by the end of this year, which he confirmed "will witness continuous growth."
The data showed that China topped the global electric car market (1.3 million), followed by Germany (0.4 million), the United States (0.3 million), France and the United Kingdom (both 0.2 million).