Electrified cars account for almost a fifth of vehicle sales in the EU in the third quarter
LONDON, Oct. 22 (Reuters) – Almost one in five vehicles sold in the European Union in the third quarter was an electrified model as sales continued to soar as fossil-fuel cars plummeted, according to reports. sales data released Friday by a trade organization.
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association, or ACEA, which represents the main European manufacturers of cars, trucks, vans and buses, said sales of battery-electric models and plug-in hybrids in the European Union were somewhat less than 19% of all sales.
Sales of battery-electric vehicles jumped nearly 57% to over 212,000 units, while plug-in hybrid models increased nearly 43% to over 197,000 units.
This is a slower pace of growth than in 2020, when sales nearly tripled from a weak base. Read more
But that compares to a 35% drop in sales for gasoline cars – which are still the biggest sellers and account for almost 40% of overall sales – and a more than 50% drop for diesel cars over the course of the year. of the quarter.
Less than a decade ago, diesel cars made up over 50% of sales in the EU, but accounted for less than 18% of all cars sold in the third quarter.
In addition to having to meet stringent new EU carbon emissions targets, automakers and consumers have benefited from government subsidies for electric vehicles.
The European Commission has also proposed an effective ban on fossil-fueled vehicles from 2035, aimed at accelerating the shift to zero-emission electric vehicles as part of a broad package of measures to combat global warming. Read more
Reporting by Nick Carey; Editing by Sandra Maler
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