Somya Joshi and Maria Xylia recently published the study “A three-dimensional view of charging infrastructure equity”, which shows that electric vehicle (EV) sales are on the rise, as plug-in hybrid and battery electric cars become more affordable and reasonable for lower-income people. One key to this transition is also making the fuel that powers them more accessible – electric charging stations and other infrastructure must be affordable, available and in close proximity to where they are most needed.
The article in Energy monitor says that analysts suggest the world could be nearing a critical electric vehicle sales tipping point, when volatile early adoption trends are overtaken by mainstream demand.
It points out that multinational vehicle manufacturers are currently setting up car production plants in Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa to serve these markets with ICEs. Meanwhile, the ICEs Europe and the US no longer want are often being sold to African consumers, with an estimated 40% of the global exports of used vehicles going to Africa.
“The adoption of EVs will be far from equitable or geographically even,” says Somya Joshi, Head of Division – Global Agendas, Climate and Systems at Stockholm Environment Institute.
“The EV tipping point might be close or already here in the US, Canada and parts of Europe, but a far cry from the Global South, which will instead see a glut of second-hand ICE vehicles when these are phased out in the North”, says Somya Joshi.