Electrified cars already represent one third of new car market in Europe

In Belgium and Europe, the sales of electrified cars represented almost one-third of total sales for the second quarter of 2022. The European association of car manufacturers has just published the Q2 results.

The electrified models continue their growth path in a general car market that is still regressing compared to last year due to semiconductor and other parts shortages, not forgetting the Ukrainian conflict.


In Europe, fully electric cars represented one-tenth (9,9%) of the entire new car market in Q2 of 2022, with registrations growing by 11,1% to 233 413 BEVs.

On the other hand, plug-in hybrid cars or PHEVS expanded their market share (8,7%) despite a sales drop to 206 501 units (-12,5%). Hybrid electric vehicles or HEVs also had slightly lower sales (-2,2%, 534 754 cars in total) but increased their market share to 22,6%.

Due to the dramatic increase in gas prices, the market for natural gas vehicles plunged by 62,9% to 4 983 units sold. By contrast, LPG-fueled cars saw an increase in sales (+7,9%) up to 64 152 units in Q2. This was mainly due to solid gains in Spain (+57,6%), France (+21,9%), and Germany (+10,3%).

All this means that gasoline and diesel cars lost significant market share in the EU, down from 62,0% in Q2 last year to 55,8% for Q2 this year. However, gasoline cars now still account for 38,5% of the market (-3%), while diesel fell back to 17,3% of the total market (-2,9%).

BEVs are increasing the most

When we take a look at the specific countries, we see that the steepest increases for battery electric vehicles occur in member states that had a lag in electrified sales, like Bulgaria (+180,4%) and Cyprus (+395,5%), or Romania (+412,4%). Then, of course, the numbers remain modest in absolute figures, but finally, these markets start to react.

In its statistics, ACEA also makes a difference between the earlier members of the European Union (EU14) and the newer ones (EU12). However, the difference between the two is still huge: 224 039 BEVs have been sold in the EU14 (+9,2%) and only 9 374 in the EU12, but the last figure represents 89,6% increase.

A quick look at the figures in the UK shows that BEVs still increased by 21,3% in total sales (51 084), PHEVS lost 31,9% (21 502 in total), and HEVs regressed by 12,5% to 116 186 units. This is because there are almost no gas-powered cars sold in the UK.

In Norway, the market is still primarily dominated by electrified cars, but the sales regressed slightly to significantly. BEV sales slowed down by 5,3% in Q2, PHEV sales by a whopping 62,8%, and HEVS regressed by 39,5%.


In Belgium, 31,6% of all newly registered cars are already electrified when we look at the figures for the first half year. There are two characteristics of the market which play a significant role here: almost 62% of the newly sold cars are company cars, and for every new vehicle sold, there are also 1,18 second-hand units sold.

When we look at the ‘fuel type’ used, gasoline still represents 49,6% in total (-2,4%), diesel 18% (-5,7%), BEVs 8,8% (+ 2,9%), PHEVs 15,4% (+2,9%) and HEVs 7,4% (+2,9%). There’s a big difference between individual buyers and company buyers.

Tax incentives

Seven of ten individual buyers are still looking for gasoline cars; 10% are still searching for a diesel. Electrified vehicles are still marginal here, with 3,3% for BEVs, 3,7% for PHEVs, and 11% for HEVs.

This is entirely different in the world of company cars: only 37% are going for gasoline, and 22,7% still believe in diesel. The same amount (22,6%) already goes for PHEVs, while 12,2% choose BEVs and 5,2% HEVs.

The tax incentives on electrified cars (BEVs and PHEVs)  play a significant role here, as well as the perspective that all company cars have to be electric as of 2026.





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