For the first time, more electric cars than diesel were sold in Europe

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The number of registrations of new passenger cars in Europe reached 713,714 in August. This is 18 percent less than a year ago and a third less than in 2019. This follows from the data of JATO Dynamics.

Although there was a year-on-year decrease in the number of newly registered passenger cars in Europe in August, their number increased year-on-year from January to August. And that by 12.5 percent. For the first time, however, the share of electric vehicles (including plug-in hygrids and hydrogen cars) exceeded the share of cars powered by diesel engines. While diesels registered 20 percent, the share of electric cars rose to 21 percent.

The August year-on-year decline in production and registration of new cars can be attributed to the lack of chips, which is due to the reverberations of the coronavirus pandemic, the decline in sales of diesel cars is long-term. In 2017, almost every second new car sold ran on diesel, and last spring their share dropped to 30 percent. On the other hand, the share of cars with a petrol engine is still between 50 and 60 percent.

The best-selling car in Europe became the Dacia Sandero in August, the plug-in hybrids were dominated by the Ford Kuga and the electric car was the first for the Volkswagen ID.3.


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