Petrol car overtakes diesel in Europe for first time
For the first time in two decades the market share of diesel cars drops in the 15 biggest European markets, from 50,2% in 2016 to 46,3% today. This means 152.000 less diesel cars and 330.000 more petrol cars were sold. The market share of petrol driven vehicles raised from 45,8 to 48,5%.
Alternative fuels gain popularity
Alternative fuels are becoming more attractive. In 15 EU countries 5,2% of the new sold cars in 2017 have an alternative drivetrain, which is 35% more compared tot the first halve of 2016. 1,3% is electric driven, 2,6% has a hybrid drivetrain and 1,3% rides on bio-ethanol. However 7 million new sold cars still have an classic combustion engine.
CO2 emission rises
Dieselgate made people change their mind as diesels are banned in different city centers installing low emission zones. Some countries also want to eliminate the tax advantages of diesel cars.
ACEA, professional automotive organization warns that it will be difficult for Europe to meet the CO2-emission levels when more petrol cars will be sold. Consumers must be stimulated buying cars propelled by alternative fuels.