A new milestone has been achieved in the sales of electric cars since for the first time in history they surpass Diesels. Jato Dynamics provided new car sales data from 26 European markets, showing that new car registrations in August 2021 recorded an 18% drop, compared to the same month last year.
The drop in sales in the eighth month of the year did not affect the total sales in the European market, which means that from the beginning of the year until August, sales were more than in the corresponding period of 2020, with 8,095,419 registrations, compared to 7,192,839 between January and August 2020, i.e. the first year of the pandemic.
Felipe Munoz, an analyst at Jato Dynamics, said:
“The lack of semiconductors is a factor of significant regression for manufacturers who are still facing the effects of the pandemic. Production problems and delays in the delivery of new cars have damaged sales, and the lack of availability at dealerships is forcing many consumers either to look for used cars, or simply to delay their purchase. In normal circumstances, consumers may wait many months for a new Ferrari, but now they face the same delay for normal models“.
Moving on, the market share of pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars continues to grow, with their combined sales (EV and PHEV) in Europe in August surpassing those of diesel cars for the first time.
The surge in demand last month saw these vehicles record their second-highest monthly market share, touching 21%. The 151,737 units registered in August mark an increase of 61% over the same month last year, bringing total sales volume from January to $1.32 million. Sales.
In the PHEV market, the Ford Kuga remains at the top (3,512 units), ahead of the Mercedes GLC and BMW 3 Series (2,670 and 2,343 units).