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Millennials drive demand as the world plugs in to electric vehicles

Experts predict that by 2045 sales of non-EV rides will drop to less than 1% of the global car market

Brett Haensel and Keith Naughton

Global electric vehicle supremacy will arrive by 2033, five years earlier than previously expected, as tougher regulations and rising interest drive demand for zero-emission transportation, according to a new study.

Consultant Ernst & Young (EY) now sees EV sales outpacing fossil fuel-burners in 12 years in Europe, China and the US, the world’s largest auto markets. And by 2045, non-EV sales are seen plummeting to less than 1% of the global car market, EY forecast using an AI-powered prediction tool.

Strict government mandates to combat climate change are driving demand in Europe and China, where automakers and consumers face rising financial penalties for selling and buying traditional petrol and diesel-fuelled cars. EY sees Europe leading the charge to electric, with zero-emission models outselling all other propulsion systems by 2028. That tipping point will arrive in China in 2033 and in the US in 2036, the consultancy predicts...

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