The briefing “Annual update on the global transition to electric vehicles: 2021” by the International Council on Clean Transportation assesses the annual progress on the global transition to electric vehicles (EVs) at the global, regional, and national levels. Global EV sales reached a record-high of 6.9 million in 2021, a 107% increase from 2020. By the end of 2021, cumulative global sales of EVs reached 18.6 million, a 58% increase from end of 2020.

Approximately 3.5 million EVs were sold in China in 2021, 150% higher than the 2020 level. Europe as a single market closely followed China as the world’s second largest EV market. Seven of the top ten national markets in terms of annual EV sales in 2021 were in Europe, including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Italy, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The United States and South Korea ranked 3rd and 9th, respectively.

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