BEV pushes ahead to 5,7% share, diesel sinks to 23,2% in EU27
The ACEA figures of new passenger car registrations in the European Union show that the battery-electric car (BEV) is pushing ahead in Q1 of 2021 (+59,1%). The ICE car keeps losing terrain with diesel sinking (-20,1%) to an all-time low of 23,2%. Still, gasoline and diesel represent 65,4% of the car market.
Belgium saw an increase of 40% of newly registered BEVs (4 039 in total), but that’s nothing compared to the success of the plugin hybrid (PHEV) with 12 743 sold (+151,1%). Belgians clearly aren’t ready to swallow their ‘range anxiety’.
Subsidies driving EV sales
In the Netherlands, the picture is quite different with ‘only’ 4 566 new BEVs registered compared to 8 695 in the same period in 2020 (-47,5%). After falling into disgrace when the government cut subsidies, the PHEV is working on a comeback with 90,3% growth and a total of 6 254 PHEVs sold.
It’s obvious government subsidies are still driving the transition to electric cars. That’s the case in Germany with 64 809 BEVs sold, an increase of 149%. But here also, the PHEV sells like hotcakes: 78 047 registrations (+195,4%).
The same phenomenon in France with 31 291 PHEVs registered (+231,4%) and a lesser increase of BEV sales (+17%) to a total of 30 491. Italy is picking up the thread of going electric, too, with 13 266 BEVs (+145,6%) and 16 103 PHEVs (+445,7%).
Italians love gas
Those afraid of making the jump to electricity often swear by gas in Europe, especially in Italy and France. Although natural gas declined by 10,1% overall in Europe, Italy saw an increase of 24,5%, with 10 513 natural gas-powered cars in Q1, the largest market in the EU.
In France, many people are getting convinced LPG, although still emitting more CO2 than gasoline cars, is a cleaner solution than diesel, with a remarkable boost of LPG car sales of +1 748% (to 9 354 units).
Italians haven’t to be convinced, as they already are the LPG champions with 25 927 cars registered. All over Europe, LPG almost doubled (+92,7%). Belgians still like LPG for their low-taxed gas-guzzling V8-pickups like the Dodge RAM or Ford F150. From 49 sold in Q1 2020 to 475 in Q1 2021, that’s an 869,4% increase.