Diesel and petrol are losing ground in Europe

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Hybrid and electric cars will have gained market share in 2021. This is reported by the European industry association ACEA. For the first time, the sale of hybrids ignores the number of diesels sold, which means that the self-igniter is also increasingly under pressure at European level. This also applies to the petrol engine without electrical assistance.

However, that does not alter the fact that the petrol engine was still the most popular in 2021. However, the market share in 2021 decreased considerably compared to 2020: two years ago the petrol engine still accounted for a European market share of 47.5 percent, in 2021 that was only 40 percent. Gasoline car sales fell 17.8 percent to 3,885,432 units. In the case of diesels, the decline is even stronger with a minus of 31.5 percent to 1,901,191 units. The self-igniter thus comes to a market share of 19.6 percent, exactly the same as that of the hybrids. Sales of hybrids, which also include mild hybrids in ACEA’s figures, grew by 60.5 percent in 2021 to 1,901,239 units. As a result, the sales total of hybrids exceeds that of diesels for the first time. Only in Bulgaria did the diesel car add a plus to its name.

ACEA 2021

The battery-electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars could also count on significantly more interest in 2021. The market share of the BEVs rose from 5.4 to 9.1 percent in 2021. In sales figures, this translates into an increase of 63.1 percent to 878,432 cars. The line of plug-in hybrids grew even faster in 2021. Sales increased by 70.7 percent to 867,092 units, accounting for a market share of 8.9 percent. It can therefore be concluded that the combustion engine has not yet been played out in Europe, but that the market share of cars with electric support almost exceeds that of cars without.

– Thanks for information from Autoweek.nl

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