In The Second Quarter Of 2022, Sales Of Battery Electric Vehicles Continued To Expand In The EU – Report

New passenger car registrations in the EU by alternative fuel type

In the second quarter of 2022, sales of battery electric vehicles continued to expand in the EU, accounting for 9.9% of total passenger car registrations. Plug-in hybrid cars accounted for 8.7% of the market share, up from 8.4% in the second quarter of 2021, despite a decline in the number of units sold. Petrol- and diesel-powered cars suffered significant drops during this three-month period, leading to a contracting market share (55.8% for diesel and petrol combined).

During the second quarter of 2022, registrations of battery electric vehicles (BEV) in the EU grew by 11.1%, reaching 233,413 cars sold. Among the key markets in the region, Spain and France contributed to the positive performance of BEVs, posting double-digit gains (+22.0% and +18.6% respectively). Italy on the other hand posted a substantial loss (‑19.6%), while Germany witnessed slight negative growth (-0.5%).

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) expanded their market share during the period, despite a double-digit drop in units sold (-12.5% to 206,501 cars). With the exception of Spain (+11.3%), all key markets posted declines in PHEV sales: France (-17.4%), Germany (-16.9%) and Italy (-6.9%).

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Sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) in the European Union slipped back by 2.2% during the second quarter of the year. However, due to the significant drop in sales of conventionally-fuelled cars, HEVs expanded their overall market share (22.6%). The four main markets in the region recorded mixed results. France and Spain posted growth (+7.2% and +2.7%, respectively). Italy and Germany on the other hand witnessed declines (-9.3% and -6.5%, respectively).

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