EU sales of hybrids and EVs doubled in Q1 2020
During the first three months of 2020, the sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and pure electric vehicles (EVs) in the EU more than doubled. Sales, in general, were already down considerably due to the corona crisis. On Tuesday, the Association of European car manufacturers, ACEA, published these Q1 figures.
In total, 167 132 plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles were registered in Europe in the first quarter (100,7% more than last year). Pure electric vehicles grew 68,4% (to 91 756 units), plug-in hybrids 161,7% (to 75 376 units). The sales of hybrid vehicles reached 232 525 units (+45,1%).
This means that the segment of cars with alternative propulsion (EVS, hybrids, and others) now reaches almost 18% of global sales: 9,4% for the hybrids, 6,8% for the EVs, and 1,6% for the other alternative fuels (-30,4%).
The classically driven cars (gasoline or diesel) still represent more than 82% of the market, with a 52,3% market share for the gasoline cars, and 29,9% for the diesel models. But the entire EU car market was down more than a quarter, from 3 300 009 to 2 464 864 cars.
The total number of gasoline cars sold in Q1 was 1 291 270, down 32,2% compared to Q1 last year. Diesel cars regressed with 32,6%, from 1 095 704 to 738 392 units.
The UK and EFTA
Because of the pending Brexit, ACEA is considering the UK sales on its own. Diesel cars regressed with 51,3% to 91 419 units, gasoline cars went down 36,2%, from 457 988 to 292 009 cars.
The total number of cars sold with alternative propulsion went up 81%, from 55 328 to 100 129 units. Fully electric cars more than tripled (from 5 997 to 18 256 units), plug-in hybrids rose from 8 582 to 13 662 units (+59,2%), and hybrids went from 40 749 to 68 211 units (+67,4%).
Figures for the EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland) were also published. Electric cars were down 7,3% here to 20 285 units, mostly because of the regress in Norway (-12,4%). Plug-in hybrids grew with 52,1% to 13 662 units (especially in Switzerland).
Hybrid vehicles went up 31,4% to 9 572 units, gasoline cars lost 34,6% to 33 734 units, and diesel cars went down by 33,9% to 17 549 cars. In both last cases, Switzerland is by far the biggest market, while Norway leads the dance with electrified vehicles.
What about Belgium?
In Belgium, registrations of electric cars rose with 31,4% to 2 885 units, while the sales of plug-in hybrids exploded (+ 139,5%) to 4 806 units. Hybrids grew with 10,8% to 5 996 units. These figures are strongly influenced by the company car market and its financial incentives for lower CO2 emitting cars.
The number of gasoline cars in Belgium during Q1 shrunk with 27,3% to 72 387 units, diesel sales went down 12,2% to 40 521. In total, 14 508 alternatively powered cars were sold in Belgium during the first three months of 2020, 42% more than the year before, while the market share increased to 11,3%.