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Global Electric Car sales more than double in 2021, fending off supply challenges

Updated: Feb 8, 2022

Great news came out on the electric car sales front. Approximately 130,000 electric cars are sold each week globally, according to a report by the International Energy Association (IEA). This equates to about the same number as were sold in the full year 2012.

The past three years has shown a particularly impressive growth, despite the pandemic-related drop in demand for conventional cars coupled with supply chain bottlenecks. In fact, sales of electric cars totaled 6.6 million in 2021, more than tripling their market share from 2019.

IEA estimates there are now approximately 16 million electric cars on the road globally, consuming about 30 tera watt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually, equating to the total annual amount of electricity generated in Ireland. While electric cars reduced oil consumption and CO2 emissions in 2021, unfortunately all these benefits were cancelled out by the increase in SUV sales.

So what can we do with this information? Let's aim for greater use of electric cars AND SUVs. We're all in this together.

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