Sales of Electric Vehicles in Europe Tripled in 2020

According to ACEA data, last year 538,772 “pure” electric vehicles were sold in EU countries – an increase of 117.4% compared to 2019 data, when 247,854 clean electric cars were sold in the EU.

Along with the “pure” electric cars, 507,059 plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold in the EU last year – a jump of 262% compared to 2019 data, when 139,954 plug-in hybrid-powered vehicles were sold in the EU.

Along with these data, ACEA summarizes the total sales volume, which shows that a total of 2,778,817 vehicles of all types were sold in the EU countries – a significant decrease of 32% compared to 2019.

The market share of gasoline cars is shrinking

Another interesting statistic emerging from the analysis indicates a significant decrease in the volume of market share of gasoline and diesel vehicles. Thus, out of total sales in 2019, 57.8% of sales were of vehicles with gasoline engines. Last year, the percentage of petrol cars out of total EU sales fell to 47.5%.

In fact, the volume of diesel vehicle sales was not severely affected: in 2019, 32% of sales were from diesel vehicles, while in 2020, the percentage of diesel vehicles out of total sales was 28%. The main reason for this is that diesel sales were hit even before 2018 after the EU announced the introduction of new air pollution regulations that harm diesel. The main reason for the increase in sales of electric vehicles in Europe is due to generous subsidies and purchase grants that many European countries have given to customers.

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