It’s official, in Europe more than 100% electric cars are sold than diesel cars (even if you see otherwise)

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yes, Your experience (what you see on the streets of your city) will make you believe that this is not true that it is a mistake, a joke, or that pressure groups (lobbies) for the electrification of the car industry invented the data and then published it.

However, Spain does not represent the reality of the rest of Europe and especially from its “leading” countries, those with higher per capita income or higher purchasing power. Last month, sales of all-electric cars surpassed diesel cars on the Old Continent, whether you like it or not.

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The technological “surpass” occurred in October 2023

According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), BEVs have had an unusual, although expected, growth in the market since the beginning of 2023, to the point where they have accumulated more registrations than ICE (internal combustion ) powered by a diesel engine. Specifically, they 1.2 million units of electricity, 53% more than in autumn 2022.

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In August of the same year, cars that run only on batteries and drivers without direct (local) emissions increased their number by more than 100% compared to the same period last year. But in October, there was an “overtake” of diesel-powered thermal plants. Electric cars represent 14% of the European share, 0.1% more than diesel cars.

In the cumulative year 2023, BEVs represent 14% of the European market share, 0.1% more than diesel ICEs.

It'S Official, In Europe More Than 100% Electric Cars Are Sold Than Diesel Cars (Even If You See Otherwise)

China’s “low-cost” cars and Tesla discounts, are clearly responsible

Although the trend of the first ten months of 2023 invites us to think about an exponential growth in the coming years, the truth the predictions for BEVs are not so good. In fact, the “market share” or participation of gasoline ICEs (including MHEVs) and conventional hybrids (HEVs) remains strong, with 33% and 26% in each case. Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) fell slightly, up to 8%.

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On the one hand, there is a strong seasonal effect, resulting from the commercial aggressiveness of some brands of Chinese origin, new arrivals in Europe, or others, like Tesla, that operate at relatively low rates to position themselves and consolidate their offer. On the other hand, the delay in applying the Euro 7 emission regulations has benefited vehicles with combustion engines, whose sales will get fewer restrictions in the short and medium term. But that’s not all, there’s more.

The European Union is considering the possibility of applying tariffs and financial barriers to protect the continental automotive sector against the Asian offensive, which could translate into higher prices, a common effect when the free market and the natural competition of an industry are hindered. Some countries, such as France, are also thinking about eliminating subsidies for the purchase of BEVs whose production and distribution are more polluting, limiting the reach of the east.

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The delay in applying Euro 7 emissions regulations benefits vehicles with internal combustion engines.

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