Oil demand to take big hit as countries shift to electric vehicles – Barclays


A fuel pump in the Indian capital

A sharp shift to electric vehicles (EVs) across countries could wipe out up to 3.5 million barrels/day of oil demand for cars by 2025, a quantity roughly equal to Iran’s current daily production, Barclay’s said in a report.

If electric vehicles grow to a third of the car market crude oil consumption could fall by as much as 9 million barrels/day – about 90 percent of Saudi Arabia’s daily output, it forecast.

According to OPEC, global oil consumption this year will reach 96.8 million barrels/day.

Fast-growing economies such as China and India are increasingly rooting for zero-emission EVs as concerns rise over fossil fuels and pollution.

An Indian government recently ordered 10,000 EVs as part of a programme to boost renewable energy in the country. Developed nations such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom has set timelines to changeover to electric or hybrid vehicles, raising concerns in oil-producing nations.

Barclays did point to several barriers to adoption of EVs such price, battery life and the industry’s inability to produce more than a certain number.

Global sales of EVs rose by 40 percent last year, according to the International Energy Agency, but the roughly 2 million electric vehicles on the road still account for less than 0.2 percent of the global fleet of light vehicles.

Electric vehicles accounted for about 1.5 percent of all new car registrations in Europe last year, according to OPEC.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.


One thought on “Oil demand to take big hit as countries shift to electric vehicles – Barclays”

  1. PG says:

    With nowhere to sell petrol and diesel , how many refineries will close , and then where will all the other products that come from oil
    be made . Many countries , like Japan want to go to all electric , but almost all of their electricity comes from fossil fuels , and will do
    absolutely nothing for climate change and pollution .
    For the moment all electric vehicles are a big con trick , as nothing is being said about the pollution from the mining , refining and transport of Lithium , and even less about its recycling and disposal . Also nothing at all is done to stop the massive pollution generated
    by world trade and the use of marine transport , overpopulation and excessive consumption .

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