BEV sales more than doubled in EU in Q2
In the second quarter of 2021, sales of battery-electric cars (BEVs) more than doubled from 3,5% market share to 7,5%, increasing by 231,6% and reaching 210 298 units. In the same quarter in 2020, 63 422 BEVs were sold. Plug-in hybrids soared even more with 255,8% to 235 730 units. The increase was less spectacular in Belgium, with 5 074 BEVs (+148%) sold in Q2 and 13 335 PHEVs (+206%).
The figures for electric car sales were boosted most by major markets like Germany, Spain, and France, EU car manufacturer’s federation ACEA says in its analysis. Although diesel and gasoline car sales grew compared to the same quarter impacted strongly by the corona crisis last year, the market share plunged further to 20,4% (down from 29,4%) for diesel and 41,8% (down from 51,9%) for gasoline.
Appetite for hybrids without a plug
The average European still has an appetite for HEVs, hybrid vehicles without a plug. They account for 19,3% of EU car registrations. Far most of them were sold in Italy (122 523), being also the country with most natural gas-powered vehicles sold (10 066) and other alternative fuels like LPG or ethanol (E85) accounting for 30 716 vehicles. To compare: only 16 978 BEVs were sold in that same Q2 in Italy.
Germany catching up
When we look at the battery-electric segment, including fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs), Europe is betting on being the only ones sold after 2035; Norway remains the frontrunner with 28 911 and still growing (+137%) thanks to the generous incentives. Germany has started to catch up due to the government’s incentive plan, with 84 127 BEVs sold (+357%), almost nearing the 85 524 PHEVs (+269,8%).
In the Netherlands, more than double the number of BEVs were sold (11 685) compared to Belgium (5 074). On the other hand, PHEVs were hotter in Belgium (13 335) than with their northern neighbors (8 210).