EXCLUSIVE by Scottish Energy News
While 33% of Norwegians buy battery-powered vehicles, the number of carbon-free BPVs bought in Scotland last month reached a provisional total of 81 cars (and 1% in UK)
A growing number of bodies and industry experts – from Reform Scotland to Scotland’s Renewable Future Forum – are urging the Scottish government to take a ‘holistic’ approach in its forthcoming new Scottish Energy Strategy.
This includes a renewed and revived focus on de-carbonising heat and transport (instead of what has hitherto been largely a wind-turbine dominated subsidy gold-rush).
But already, small, oil-rich, independent countries like Norway are racing ahead in the Battery Powered Vehicle (BPV) stakes to de-carbonise its mass motor market.
Norway continues to lead the global market for electric vehicles, according to the most recent data from IHS Automotive, part of market intelligence provider IHS Markit. Electric vehicles are defined as either a pure Battery Powered Vehicle (BPV) or a plug-in hybrid vehicle (H-BPV)
Based on analysis of new vehicle registrations during the first quarter 2016, one out of every three vehicles (33%) registered in Norway during the quarter was an H-BPV, reflecting more market penetration in Norway than any other major market tracked by IHS Markit
In a previous study from IHS Markit, one in four vehicles registered in Norway during the same timeframe a year ago was a BPV, which demonstrates the continued commitment to alternative propulsion vehicles in this country.
The Netherlands, too, continues to also be a hot market for BPVs but has lost momentum recently and trails significantly behind – with just 2.2% share of all new vehicles registered there being electric. France is gaining, with 1.6% share.
The UK is the only other national market tracked with share of more than 1% – with 1.3% of all vehicles registered here being electric.
Last month (August) a total of 81,640 new motor cars were sold in the UK. On the foregoing basis of UK BPV market share, this means that just over 800 BPV cars were bought in the UK – and extrapolating by the usual 10% pro rata share for Scotland – a total of just 81 battery-powered vehicles were sold north of the Border.
While more countries are developing policies for incentives and building charging infrastructure capability, however, they will be unable to sustain these developments alone.
Increased BPV production across the manufacturing base is required to make them more affordable for consumers, in order to allow for substantial growth of these types of vehicles, said IHS Markit.