Electric car share rises to 7.2 percent

Not only in Germany, but also in other EU countries, sales of electric cars are showing strong growth. The best-selling alternative-powered vehicle type remains the hybrid electric vehicle.

A Volkswagen eGolf at a public charging station for electric cars

Dhe share of electric cars among new EU registrations has tripled within a year. In the second quarter, 7.2 percent of all new registrations were electric cars, as the European industry association Acea announced in Brussels on Wednesday. In the same period of the previous year, the share was 2.4 percent.

In the wake of the corona pandemic, the number of new registrations fell sharply – but this development mainly affected diesel and gasoline engines, with these two segments still accounting for more than 80 percent of car sales. Between April and June, sales of cars with conventional internal combustion engines fell by more than half. The number of newly registered electrically powered cars in the EU developed in the opposite direction: the numbers increased by more than 50 percent compared to the previous year.

The best-selling alternative-powered vehicle type remains the hybrid electric vehicle despite a slight decline. Its share of all new registrations in the EU in the second quarter was 9.6 percent above that of purely electrically powered cars.

Since mid-February, buyers of electric and hybrid vehicles have been receiving a bonus that is financed in Germany by the federal government and the auto industry. With some electric cars, the delivery time is longer than with combustion engines, which is why the corona crisis may not have had such a significant impact on such models.

In addition, from this year on, stricter limit values ​​apply to fleet emissions of the climate-damaging exhaust gas carbon dioxide in the EU. If manufacturers fail to meet the requirements, expensive penalties could result. This is why car manufacturers are striving to increase the proportion of low-emission cars.