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Sales of Electric Chargeable Vehicles in Europe by Country

As % Of New Cars Sold, 3Q2022, Worst Performers
Automotive | November 24, 2022
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Sales of new electrically-chargeable passenger cars (battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) reached 555 thousand in the third quarter of 2022 in the enlarged Europe (EU plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), according to ACEA. This is 4.02% more, or 533 thousand more than in the previous year.

Share of electric chargeable vehicles increased to 23.2% of all new passenger cars sold in 3Q2022, up from 22.4% seen in the third quarter of 2021. The sale of battery-electric (BEV) increased by 14.9% when compared to last year, while registration of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) fell by 9.92%.

Altogether, sale of alternative powered vehicles, including chargeable, hybrid and other alternative fuels vehicles (fuelled by NGV, LPG, or ethanol), accounted for 48.9% of new cars sold in the third quarter of 2022.

Most electric vehicles (182 thousand) were sold in Germany (up 10.1% yoy), followed by the United Kingdom (83.1 thousand, up 3.72%), France with 73.4 thousand cars (up 13.8%), 30.6 thousand new vehicles were registered in Sweden (up 9.74%) and 29.7 thousand in Norway (down 25.3%).

The five largest countries accounted for 77.7% of total new vehicles registered in the third quarter of 2022.

In relative terms, Norway liked the electric chargeable vehicles the most in the third quarter of 2022 with 86.7% of all new passenger cars sold followed by Iceland (51.0%) and Sweden (50.6%). On the other end of the scale was Czechia with only 3.86%, Bulgaria with 3.81% and Slovakia with just 3.63% of electric cars sold, as % of total.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (As % of New Cars Sold) Unit Sep 2017 Dec 2017 Mar 2018 Jun 2018 Sep 2018 Dec 2018 Mar 2019 Jun 2019 Sep 2019 Dec 2019 Mar 2020 Jun 2020 Sep 2020 Dec 2020 Mar 2021 Jun 2021 Sep 2021 Dec 2021 Mar 2022 Jun 2022 Sep 2022
Bulgaria % ... ... ... ... ... 0.520% 0.409% 0.507% 0.354% 0.420%
Croatia % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 0.658% 0.639% 0.916% 1.52% 2.10%
Cyprus % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.06% 0.886% 1.00% 0.688% 1.11%
Czechia % ... ... 1.92% 1.99% 1.60% 1.92% 1.60%
Estonia % ... ... 0.768% 1.02% 1.13% 0.710% 2.06%
Greece % ... ... 3.75% 3.70% 4.88% 7.70% 5.68%
Hungary % ... ... 2.85% 3.45% 3.90% 3.77% 4.42%
Italy % ... ... 3.69% 4.95% 5.38% 5.82% 5.79%
Latvia % ... ... 0.820% 0.680% 1.00% 1.67% 1.52%
Lithuania % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 0.731% 0.879% 1.48% ... 3.58%
Poland % ... ... 1.68% 1.99% 2.16% 2.55% 2.39%
Slovakia % ... ... ... ... ... ... 1.56% 1.38% 1.34% 1.98% 1.89%
Slovenia % ... ... 0.135% 0.270% 0.689% 0.468% 1.38%
Spain % ... ... 3.84% 4.43% 5.59% 6.34% 6.36%
United Kingdom % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 6.25% 6.52% 7.09% 8.32% 7.13%