In 2010, auto manufacturers around the world sold just 13,000 new battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles. In 2016, sales surpassed 1.5 million units, including 672,000 sold in China and almost 260,000 in Europe.
While still a mere blip among the 88 million new cars and light trucks equipped with internal combustion engines sold that same year, all signs point to quickening adoption of e-mobility, said Kai D. Kreiskother of Germanys RWTH Aachen University. The blip, he asserted at last winters 21st International Colloquium Tribology, is about to become a sizeable share of the market. However, internal combustion engines wont disappear-theyll become greener and post higher unit sales, too, declared presenters from Volkswagen and Fuchs Petrolub.