Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Sales Poised to Grow, Projections Show
WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2021)Â â€” Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) released its annual Automotive Trends Report which shows model
year 2020 vehicles achieved record high fuel economy and record low emission
levels. Large automotive manufacturers also achieved full compliance with
greenhouse gas emission standards. Projections indicate sales of hybrid and
electric vehicles will more than double from 2020 to 2021, according to the
â€œTodayâ€™s report is a great indicator that automakers are following through
with their promise of achieving clean car standards while providing consumers
with great vehicle options,â€??? said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. â€œI
am optimistic that the innovation and marketing power of the auto industry,
coupled with President Bidenâ€™s unprecedented support for a zero emissions
future, will accelerate cleaner technologies, sharply cutting pollution to
meet the climate challenge.â€???
Since model year 2004, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have decreased by 24
percent as fuel economy has increased by 32 percent.
CO2 emissions for the average 2020 model year vehicle fell to 349 grams per
mile (g/mi), the lowest ever measured, and seven g/mi lower than the average
for model year 2019.
Average Fuel Economy for model year 2020 vehicles increased to a record 25.4
miles per gallon (mpg), 0.5 mpg more than the average for model year 2019.
Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles are poised to grow, but are
currently at low adoption levels. Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles
accounted for 2 percent of all production, and hybrids 5 percent. In the
projected model year 2021 data, those categories are estimated to grow to 4
percent and 9 percent of all production.
In August, President Biden signed an Executive Order that sets an ambitious
new target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions
vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell
electric vehicles. At the same time, EPA proposed a new rulemaking under the
Clean Air Act that by 2026 would establish the strongest greenhouse gas
emission standards for cars and light duty trucks in history.
To read the full EPA Automotive Trends Report, please