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Passenger cars – registrations in the EU in the third quarter of 2021. Hybrids beat diesels – ACEA

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Hybrid passenger cars are increasing their market share. In the third quarter of this year, such vehicles outperformed diesel cars and accounted for 20.7 percent of the entire European Union market, according to a report by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). As emphasized, this is the first time hybrids have become the second most popular type of propulsion in the European Union.

ACEA indicated that from July to September 2021, cars with conventional gasoline and diesel engines continued to decline, almost completely taking over the burden of total decline in car registrations in the last three months.

“Sales of gasoline cars decreased by 35.1 percent to 855,476 units, and their share fell from 47.6 percent in the third quarter of 2020 to 39.5 percent of the market share this year,” it underlined. As noted, diesel suffered even more, with its market share declining by more than 10 percentage points over the same period, from 27.8 percent to 17.6 percent. “New diesel car registrations have dropped by more than half across the EU region, from 769,922 units sold last year to 381,473 in the third quarter of 2021,” it reads.


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In the third quarter of this year. Classic Hybrid Car (HEV) registrations accounted for 20.7 percent of the total EU market and overtook diesel cars. 449,506 hybrid passenger cars have been registered throughout the European Union. This is 31.5 percent more than in the corresponding period last year, when 341 863 such vehicles were registered.

A significant increase was also recorded in our country. In the past three months, 30,906 hybrid passenger cars were registered in Poland, compared to 17,208 cars a year earlier. This is an increase of 79.6 percent.

In addition, both Pure Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) have nearly doubled their market share in the past three months – with 9.8 percent and 9.1 percent respectively.

Demand for electric vehicles in the European Union increased by 56.7 percent to 212 582 units. “This was despite an overall decline in new car registrations over the three-month period in question, and the increase was supported by incentives for BEVs in individual markets,” said ACEA officials.

Plug-in hybrids also increased their share of EU car sales to 197,300 units, an increase of 42.6 percent. Of all four key markets, Italy saw the largest increase in sales – 130.6 percent.

Sales of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in the European Union fell sharply in the third quarter – 48.8 percent. According to ACEA, this was largely due to declining demand in Italy – a 39 percent decline – which is traditionally the largest market for this type of vehicle.

Vehicles with alternative drive – registrations in the European UnionACEA

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