It is now apparent that reduced sales for conventional vehicles as recorded for the first quarter of 2021 herald the wide entry of electric vehicles after doubling market share in just one year. Sales of traditional cars with internal combustion engines consuming fossil fuels continued to decline in the European Union.
Of course, it should be stressed that petrol and diesel continue to dominate 65.4% of the car market. From January to March 2021, the volume of diesel cars decreased by 20.1% compared to a year ago and reached 593,559 cars sold across the European Union.
Demand for petrol cars was also lower but not as much as Diesel with sales falling by 16.3% from 1.3 million units sold in the first quarter of 2020 to 1.1 million so far this year. Petrol’s share of the European Union market fell from 52.3% in the first quarter of 2020 to 42.2% in the same period in 2021.
On the other hand, in Q1 2021 on the European market, electric vehicles rose further to 59.1% and translated into 146,185 vehicles. Of course, it should be stressed that the government incentives in many European countries give a particularly strong boost to sales of electric vehicles.
Registrations of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) increased by 175.0%, a total of 208,389 units. One of the drivers of this growth was Italy, where 16,103 plug-in cars were registered in the first quarter – an annual increase of 445.7%.