Automaker Volkswagen tripled sales of battery-only cars in 2020, as its new electric compact ID.3 came on the market ahead of tough new European Union (EU) limits on auto emissions. Germany, long a laggard in adopting electric vehicles, saw more people buy electrics in December than people who opted for diesel vehicles. Those are early signs of what will likely be a year of increasing market share for electric cars, as EU regulations push their adoption. Sales have been driven by government incentives and by an increasing number of new models that, like the ID.3, were designed purely as electric cars; electric-only cars can offer more interior space as a selling point.

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