One in 11 cars sold in Europe in 2021 was fully electric

Plug-in hybrid cars sold second only to battery electric vehicles in 2021.

Through HT automatic office
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Updated:
06 Feb 2022, 10:31

Electric vehicles sold just under 880,000 units last year in Europe.

Electrified vehicles had a very impressive sales performance in Europe in 2021, data from the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers reveals. The data also reveals that one in 11 cars sold on the mainland last year was an electric car. Additionally, it was the first time non-plug-in hybrid cars outsold diesel models in Europe for the first time, albeit by just 48 vehicles.

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The data reveals that electric vehicles sold just under 880,000 units last year in Europe. Plug-in hybrid cars sold second only to battery electric vehicles in 2021.

A total of 1,901,239 self-charging hybrid cars were registered in the European Union last year. This marked a significant jump from the 1.1 million self-charging hybrid cars recorded in 2020. Data shows diesel car registrations fell by a third to 1,901,191 from 2.77 million in units registered in 2020. Diesel car registrations have faced a steady decline in numbers since the Dieselgate scandal in 2015.

New government subsidies for low- or zero-emission vehicles that have come into effect as part of pandemic stimulus programs have tripled sales of plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles in 2020 to more than one million, with a roughly equal distribution between the two types.

Automakers see plug-in hybrid technology as a transition mode to fully electric cars. However, data shows that automakers and consumers still rely more on the internal combustion engine than on the battery. This makes electric cars effectively less clean than they could be.

In 2021, sales of battery electric vehicles increased by 63.1% to almost 878,500 cars, while sales of plug-in hybrids increased by 70.7% to almost 867,100 units. Gasoline remained the most common type of fuel, but with a lower margin than in 2020, constituting 40% of new registrations, compared to 48% in 2020.

Date of first publication: February 06, 2022, 10:31 a.m. IST

Mary I. Bruner