Electric cars will soon just be called cars

In the past 10 years, there has been a lot of progress in the field of electric vehicles. 10 years ago there were very few battery-electric car models in many parts of the world. Charging networks were also not as widespread as they are now in many places. Modern electric cars have a greater range and can be charged much faster than 10 years ago. An increased variety of all-electric cars for people to choose from, a ramp-up in production from OEMs and subsequent retail price cuts, and/or the availability of more affordable models will allow more people to buy an electric car, even an improved range. As with the much-improved charging network, all have contributed to increasing sales of EVs in the last couple of years.

Record EV sales figures have been reported in some major markets recently and the market share of electric vehicles in those markets is ever increasing. in Norway, July’s combined plug-in share of 83.0% included 70.7% battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), and 12.3% plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). In China, the electric car market accounted for 28% of auto sales in June! Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, saw plug-in electric vehicles take a 25.5% share in July. Globally, June saw a new record for EV sales in a single month with BEVs taking a 12% share of the global market.

Things have slowed down a bit in America. However, the US has recently reached a critical point in EV penetration. 5% of new car sales in the US are now electric-only. According to this Bloomberg, “Once 5% of new car sales go fully electric, everything changes.” It was later Bloomberg’s An analysis of 19 countries that have made the EV pivot. Everything is about to change, and electric cars will soon be so ubiquitous that we won’t even call them electric cars anymore — they’ll be so common they’ll just be called cars!

Although the U.S. appears to have moved at a much slower pace than other markets, much has changed over the past 10 years. I remember visiting America for the first time in June 2013. I also spent some time in Seattle and the tri-cities of Washington state (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland). During my stay, I didn’t see many electric cars. One really had to find something. A few weeks ago, I got to spend some time in Washington DC, Manhattan and New Jersey. Opposite side of the country, yet the progress is crystal clear. Electric cars everywhere! I didn’t even have to look for them. Everywhere I go, I randomly bump into electric cars. Lots of Teslas, I mean lots of Teslas! They looked like Toyota Corollas or Honda Civics, because they were everywhere. Model Ys, Model 3s, Model Xs, and Model Ss. I also saw a lot of new Tesla Model S plaids. In Manhattan, I saw many Model 3s being used as part of the famous yellow cabs. I also saw several Model Ys that are part of Revel’s fleet. Other EVs I saw were several Kia e-Niros, Ford Mustang Mach Es, and a few VW ID.4s.

I haven’t been to Norway, but I can only imagine what it would be like to walk the streets of Norway’s major cities. If electric cars seem to be “everywhere” in Manhattan, New Jersey and DC, in a nation with low penetration rates, then walking the streets in Norway must be a good thing. So much progress has been made in the last 10 years. The next 10 years will be very good. Electric cars can literally be everywhere, and they’ll just be called cars.

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