He Electric car has exploded in Europe. In all countries except Malta, electric car sales doubled or tripled last August compared to the previous year. The market is recovering to pre-Covid-19 levels and the technology that is benefiting the most is the battery-powered vehicle.
According to ACEA data, 21% of cars sold in Europe last August were pure electric cars. A figure that contrasts with the market share of 11.6% in the same month last year. With this data, the electric car is practically on a par with the hybrid vehicle (23.9%), which, remember, also includes light hybrid vehicles.
Overall, the market recorded 165,165 new units of electric cars, in a month in which total automobile sales were 787,626 units. So far this year, 7.1 million units have been registered in Europe, with Spain leading the country with the highest growth. In our country, the number of vehicles sold was 20.5%. Italy (+20.2%), France (+16.6%) and Germany (+16.5%) follow on the list of countries with the highest growth.
Every fifth car
What’s really striking about ACEA’s numbers is that one in five cars sold in Europe is purely electric. If we count electrified cars, we find that the 52.3% of cars Those who register on the continent use more or less electrical energy to get around.
If we look at the data by country, Germany tops the list as the country where the most electric cars are sold. The market share was 31.69% in August and 18.59% so far this year. In August alone, 86,649 electric cars were registered, compared to 32,006 cars in the same period last year. To give us a better idea, 30,882 fully electric vehicles have been registered in Spain so far this year.
In Spain, unlike in Germany It is difficult for electric cars to break through the 5% market share barrier. This figure is considered crucial for the breakthrough, as analysts assure that once the turning point is reached, growth usually occurs faster than before. Looking back, Germany has registered 55.9% more electric cars so far in 2023 than between January and August 2022. Last month the increase was 170.7%.
France follows Germany as the country where the most electric cars are registered. A total of 174,443 units have been sold so far this year, compared to 118,369 units sold between January and August last year. It is 47.4% more. If you look at the market share, it is 15.41% of total sales.
When we look at our neighbors, it is surprising Portugal. A total of 22,839 examples have been sold in the Portuguese country so far this year, increasing the market share to 16.40%, with growth this year of 124.2%. Belgium, with a market share of 17.73% so far this year, the Netherlands (29%) and Sweden (37.79%) are the countries where the penetration of electric cars is highest. Always with the permission of Norway, where, despite the removal of much of the subsidies this year, 83% of cars are electric so far.