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New car fuel types in Europe

Total new electric vehicle registrations also increased during the first three months of the year. Battery electric vehicles nearly doubled their market share compared to the same period last year, now accounting for 10.0% of all sales, overtaking plug-in hybrids, which account for 8.9% of the market. EU. On the other hand, diesel and gasoline vehicles continued to lose market share. However, traditional fossil fuel car registrations still dominated the market, with a combined 52.8% share.

Gasoline and diesel cars

From January to March 2022, diesel car registrations across the EU continued their downward trajectory, posting a sharp decline (-33.2%), reaching 378,009 units. Consequently, the market share of diesel cars fell by 5.3 percentage points compared to the first quarter of last year. All EU markets posted significant losses, including the top four: France (-44.1%), Italy (-39.2%), Spain (-30.8%) and Germany (-20.2%) .

Also, the market share of petrol cars shrank substantially over the same period, from 40.8% to 36.0%. Despite this drop, gasoline cars remained the most popular in terms of volume (808,039 units).

Alternative Propulsion Vehicles (APV)

During the first quarter of 2022, sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the EU increased by 53.4%, totaling 224,145 cars. Many EU markets posted triple-digit percentage gains, with Romania posting the strongest growth (+408.0%). Of the four largest markets in the region, Spain experienced the largest increase (+110.3%), followed by France (+42.7%) and Germany (+29.3%). Italy was the only EU market to record declines in BEV sales (-14.9%).

Registrations of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) fell by 5.3% across the European Union during the first quarter of the year. Despite this, PHEVs continued to expand their global market share due to falling sales of gasoline and diesel cars. PHEV performance varied across the four key markets in the region: Germany and France posted declines (-13.2% and -6.1% respectively), while Spain and Italy posted strong growth (+46.3%). and +18.9% respectively).

With 563,030 cars sold from January to March, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) were the most common fuel type after petrol in terms of volume in the EU, up 5.3%. With the exception of Italy (-6.3%), all the main markets contributed to the positive performance in the region. EU sales of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) continued their downward trend, posting another double-digit drop (-56.0%), as many markets posted declines. In contrast, LPG fueled vehicles experienced substantial growth (+48.6%), with 67,717 units registered in the EU. This increase was mainly driven by double and even triple-digit percentage gains in the four key markets: Germany (+287.7%), France (+76.6%), Spain (+41.5%) and Italy (+ 17.3).

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