Paris — The US overtook Europe to become the world’s second largest market for electric cars last year, according to a report on Wednesday that accused EU car makers of holding back sales ahead of new emissions rules. China remained in the top spot in 2018 with more than a million electric vehicles (EV) sold, followed by the US with 361,000, and Europe with 302,000, according to an analysis by clean energy campaign group Transport & Environment. The Brussels-based group said Europe’s results were depressed because European car companies were delaying sales ahead of new strict EU emissions limits kicking over the next couple of years. It pointed to the delayed launches of seven all-electric models in Europe, as well as fewer new battery, electric and fuel cell models were introduced last year than in 2017. “EU car makers have seen EVs as a necessary evil to comply with regulation and evidence shows they’ve been suppressing supply and sales in 2018, in an attempt to protect their dies...

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