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In Europe, electric cars become more popular than diesel cars

Last time updated
20.07.23
In Europe, electric cars become more popular than diesel cars

New car registrations in the European Union rose to 1 million in June. Growth was recorded in all markets. The only exception was Hungary, where registrations fell by 1.4%.

Compared to 10% in June last year, the share of electric vehicles rose to 15% in June. This is a significant increase. It has helped this type of engine to move into third place in terms of popularity, displacing diesel cars (which account for only 13.4% of new registrations).

EngineJune, 2022June, 2023
Petrol38,5%36,3%
Diesel17,4%13,4%
Electric10,7%15,1%
Hybrid21,6%24,3%

Most European countries saw impressive growth in new electric vehicle registrations. The largest increases were in the Netherlands (+90.1%), Germany (+64.4%) and France (+52.0%). The year-to-date growth is 53.8%, with 703,586 vehicles sold from January to June.

Luxembourg has also seen a significant increase in new car registrations this year. Compared to last June, when a total of 3,590 cars were registered, the number last month is 4,767. This represents an increase of 32%. Talking about electric cars, compared to the June of 2022, the growth is 127%: 482 units registered against 1,095 in June 2023.

A slight growth is also in the petrol car category — consumers registered more cars by 27% this June, that is 1,638 cars compared to 1,289 in last year's June. On the other hand, there is a slight decrease in the diesel category. Drivers registered a total of 691 cars last month compared to the 874 units in June of 2022. The fall is more than 20%.

New registrations of hybrid-electric vehicles in the European Union increased by 32.4%, with 254,100 vehicles sold. The leading countries are Germany (+59.1%), Italy (+29.9%), France (+27.9%) and Spain (+22.7%). From January to June, the market share of hybrid-electric cars reached 1.4 million units. This represents 25% of the market.

Petrol engines continue to dominate the European Union market with 36.3% of all new registrations. They are followed by hybrids with 24.3%.

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Last time updated
20.07.23

Source: ACEA

Authors: Kadriia

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