Electric vehicle sales in Denmark has reached new heights

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Electric vehicles have been found to be very beneficial for the environment.They send fewer greenhouse gases and pollutants into the atmosphere than petrol or diesel vehicles. It is therefore hardly a surprise that more and more countries in Europe are starting to see an increase in the number of electric cars. 

Electric vehicles are viewed as a crucial means of cutting Europe’s transportation emissions, with passenger cars and vans accounting for roughly 12% of CO2 emissions in the EU, according to Euractiv. Due to the EU’s ambitious goal to be climate-neutral by 2050, the topic of mobility or more specifically electric cars has been in the spotlight for some time now.

The recent study conducted by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association proved that the market share of electric vehicles in the EU increased in the third quarter of 2021, with both battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids nearly doubling their share. The transition to electric vehicles appears to be gaining momentum in one of the EU member states, Denmark.

According to the most recent figures by Danish Car Importers Association (DBI), the sales of electric cars in the Scandinavian country have drastically increased last year. With the number of electric cars and plug-in hybrids doubling in the last year compared to 2020, the green transition in Denmark appears to be in full swing.

At the end of 2020, Denmark’s parliament voted in favour of funding for at least 775,000 electric automobiles by 2030, as part of the long-term goal to have 1 million electric and hybrid automobiles on its roads by the same year. CO2 emissions are expected to drop by 1 million tons by 2025 and 2.1 million tons by 2030 as a result of this initiative.

Despite the fact that general sales in the Scandinavian nation fell short of expectations with 185,328 new cars sold during the year, 2021 was quite a success in terms of the number of new electric cars. In December, rechargeable automobiles accounted for 58 percent of all purchases, setting a new all-time high.

Denmark’s success story is more than just numbers and statistics. The mindset of Danes has shifted, according to a recent study performed on behalf of the leasing company LeasePlan Denmark. Almost every third person in the country expects to buy an electric car as their next vehicle. According to the poll, 70% of Danes believe electric vehicles are a good idea, making Denmark one of the most electric vehicle-friendly countries on the planet.

In addition to electric cars being extremely environmentally friendly, these vehicles can also be cheaper on a long run. Electric vehicles generally have fewer moving parts than those powered by petrol, resulting in lower maintenance expenses. Furthermore, due to the electric engine, drivers of these cars enjoy smooth and pleasant rides. Eco-friendly, efficient, easy to drive and ultimately cheaper – what is not to like about electric cars?

2021 was a big year in terms of electric vehicle sales. The phenomena is largely driven by a decarbonisation issue that most developed countries are now taking seriously. Many countries on the other hand, especially in eastern and southern Europe, still seem to be running behind. The story of Denmark can therefore set a great example for other nations in Europe on their journey to a greener and more sustainable future. (photo credit: Michael Marais/Unsplash)