Chart of the week | Every breath you take: Clean Air Day and Electric Vehicle uptake

On Clean Air Day 2020, we reflect on the increasing uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), with record battery EV (BEV) sales in September despite overall car sales going down. This week’s ‘Chart of the week’ explores drivers behind these trends and considers potential longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on EV sales.

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