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Global Electric Vehicle Sales to Hit 13% in 2022, Not Enough to Hit Climate Goals

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Among the 55 global energy systems assessed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) for its annual report, just two are on track to achieve the organization’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050: lighting (specifically transitioning to LEDs) and electric vehicles. "This year is...expected to see another all-time high for electric vehicle sales, lifting them to 13% of total light duty vehicle sales globally," the IEA says.

That's up from 8.3% in 2021 and 4.2% in 2020. As of 2021, China lead in number of EVs sold, followed by Germany and the United States, according to(Opens in a new window) the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

IEA publishes its report annually, and this year’s results largely mirror last year’s, which also found electric vehicles and lighting to be the only two industries on track to its goal.

In a rare spot of positive news in the climate sector, though, “there are more signs than ever that the new global energy economy is advancing strongly,” says IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol. “This reaffirms my belief that today’s global energy crisis can be a turning point towards a cleaner, more affordable and more secure energy system.” Initial estimates point to 2022 being a record year for renewable energy across the globe, with an increase of about 340 gigawatts of renewable power, or nearly the entire capacity of Japan.

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