EV sales outpace diesel cars in Europe for the first time

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According to business intelligence firm Jato Dynamics, EV and plug-in hybrid sales eclipsed those of diesel cars in Europe last month.

This is the first time that EV and plug-in hybrid sales are higher than diesel.

Last month, registrations totaled 217,709 for low emission units, accounting for 26% of the total vehicles registered.

Diesel, on the other hand, accounted for 18%.

This 26% number is certainly impressive, but it is incredible when you consider that EVs only accounted for 4% of sales two years ago in the same month.

Jota noted that although EV sales are going well, they are still well behind gasoline sales.

In fact, petrol sales are more than double those of EVs and hybrids.

In the European EV market, Tesla continues to lead in sales. Tesla Model 3’s sold 10,739 units. In second was the Renault Zoe, with 8,658 units sold. Third was the Dacia Spring, owned by parent company Renault, which sold 5,746 units.

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The Peugeot 3008, Volvo XC40 and Ford Kuga are the leaders on the plug-in hybrid side.

Overall, auto sales in Europe are hurting. Total volume was 18% lower than November 2020 and 29% lower than pre-pandemic November 2019.

This downturn in sales is due to a shortage of chips and producers falling short of production targets.

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Source: Irish Examiner

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