Sales of new electrically-chargeable passenger cars reached 445 thousand in the first quarter of 2021 in Europe, according to ACEA. Share of electric chargeable vehicles increased to 15.9% of all new passenger cars sold in 1Q2021, up from 8.10% seen in the first quarter of 2020.
Most electric vehicles (143 thousand) were sold in Germany (up 172% yoy), followed by France (61.7 thousand, up 74.4%), the United Kingdom with 58.4 thousand cars (up 82.9%), 32.4 thousand new vehicles were registered in Sweden (up 75.3%) and 29.8 thousand in Norway (up 32.0%).
In relative terms, Norway liked the electric chargeable vehicles the most with 82.0% of all new passenger cars sold followed by Iceland (51.6%) and Sweden (35.6%).
Altogether, sale of alternative powered vehicles, including chargeable, hybrid and other alternative fuels vehicles (fuelled by NGV, LPG, or ethanol), accounted for 36.8% of new cars sold in the first quarter of 2021.
Sales of traditionally-powered vehicles using petrol and diesel reached 595 thousand in the first quarter of 2021. The share of petrol reached 41.9% and share of diesel-powered vehicles 21.3% of all new passenger cars sold in 1Q2021.