Flanders first: more gasoline than diesel cars driving around
In 2020, more than 3,6 million passenger cars were registered driving around in the Flemish Region or more than 600 000 more than in 2006. According to research by Flanders Statistics (Statistiek Vlaanderen), the number of passenger cars in Flanders increases year after year. The number increased by 20% over the last thirteen years. Remarkable is that six out of ten new cars drive on gasoline.
In 2019, 3 569 202 passenger cars were registered in the Flemish Region. In 2020, 1,68 million were diesel cars; 1,74 million drove on gasoline. So, for the first time, more gasoline cars were registered. Since 2017, the number of diesel cars decreased significantly, while the share of gasoline-powered cars grew.
Fewer diesel cars
The waning popularity of diesel cars is even more clear when we look at the newly registered passenger cars in 2019. The part of newly registered gasoline cars represents 59%, against 32% of diesel cars.
In the last few years, also the number of hybrid and electric vehicles is growing. In 2020, 106 000 hybrid cars were registered, and the number of electric vehicles went up from 6 in 2006 to 18 000.
LPG is losing popularity too. In the past few years, hardly 10 000 LPG-powered cars were registered, while in 2006, there were still 35 000 of them.
In 2019, the Flemish Region counted 540 passenger cars per 1 000 inhabitants or slightly more than the European average. Cities like Antwerp and Ghent have a relatively low number of passenger cars. In Limburg, however, many municipalities score above the Flemish average. The Brussels Capital Region and the Wallon Region have fewer passenger cars per 1 000 inhabitants than the Flemish Region.