Germany led the market with sales of 108,839 electrified units, up 61% over 2018, followed by Norway (79,640); the U.K. (72,834), the Netherlands (66,957) and France (61,356).
Volvo’s electrified premium sub-brand aims to reduce weight, cut plastic content and lessen waste material with innovative natural and recycled source materials.
By 2025, a third of Audi’s product portfolio will be electric, says Cody Thacker, Audi of America’s head of electrification.
A recurring theme at the SAE symposium was continued underdeveloped infrastructure and how it impacts the adoption of battery-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles.
“Ubiquitous charging could double BEV share,” GM researcher Ian Sutherland says.
The 59,854 Toyota hybrids sold in the country last year represented 78% of the brand’s total sales of 89,379 units, while 100% of the 9,915 Lexus vehicles sold were hybrids.