Electric vehicles sales are surging across Europe
According to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents major automakers, battery electric vehicles more than doubled their share of new car sales in Europe in the second quarter.
In the three months from April to June, all-electric vehicles accounted for 7.5 percent of new automobile sales in Europe, compared to 3.5 percent the previous year.
In absolute terms, sales of battery electric vehicle in Europe more than tripled, reaching 210,298 vehicles.
The ACEA reported significant gains in the region’s top four markets, with sales in Spain and Germany more than quadrupling.
It believes such a move is required for Europe to meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by the middle of the century and meet its goals under the 2015 Paris accord that aims to limit the global rise in temperatures.
The ACEA also discovered that sales of various types of hybrid vehicles increased, which are considered as a transitional technology by some because they can reduce pollution from normal petrol or diesel vehicles.
“Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) had an even more impressive second quarter of 2021, with registrations jumping by 255.8 percent to 235,730 units,” said the ACEA. This increased their market share to 8.4%.
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