Annual update on the global transition to electric vehicles: 2021

This briefing 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. It is the first time since 2012 that the global EV sales doubled in one year. Of the vehicles sold, 98% were light-duty vehicles (LDVs) and 2% were heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs). By the end of 2021, cumulative global sales of EVs reached 18.6 million, a 58% increase from end of 2020. Of these vehicles, 95% were LDVs while HDVs accounted for 5%. In 2021, the global average EV share of new vehicle sales achieved an all-time high of 8.3%, up from 4.2% in 2020.