Plug-in and hybrid vehicles had a record year, rapidly increasing their market share in several key markets. In trend California, electrified vehicles reached a 20% market share in the first quarter of 2021, and Tesla made a particularly strong performance: sales increased 12.5% year-on-year, and the Model Y was the third bestseller among all light vehicles. .
We thought it was pretty impressive until we saw the latest statistics from Switzerland.
So far in 2021, battery-electric vehicles have captured 9.9% of the market, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) have reached 8.3% and hybrids 20.6%. This is a total of almost 40% of the overall vehicle market, which almost falls into the class of EV hotspots such as Norway and the Netherlands.
Switzerland has seen its adoption rate of electric vehicles skyrocket over the past two years – the share of pure electric vehicles has fallen from a meager 1.7% in 2018 to 14.3% in June 2021. The share of plug-in vehicles (EVs and plug-in hybrids) reached 23% that month.
Above: An overview of the carbon footprint in Switzerland of the Tesla Model 3 vs Volvo XC40 vs Audi A4 (Source: Swiss info)
The speed of execution is all the more surprising given that, unlike most Western European countries, Switzerland does not offer any special incentive for the purchase of electric vehicles (a few Swiss cantons, the equivalent of or provinces, offer incentives, and the federal government has funded some infrastructure projects).
By far the most popular electric vehicle is the Tesla Model 3, followed by the VW ID.3 and the Renault Zoe.
According to multilingual media Swiss info, the country had 5,700 public charging points in March.
A recent survey by professional group Swiss eMobility found that just over half of Swiss residents surveyed are likely to purchase an EV in the next three years.