The passenger car registrations in Europe in the first quarter of 2021 amounted to 3,080,751 (up just 0.9%), but the plug-ins almost doubled.
According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), plug-in electric car registrations in the European Union, EFTA (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland) and the UK increased 97.1% year-over-year to 452,901 taking a 14.7% share of the market!
ACEA's comment on the EU specifically:
"During the first quarter of the year, registrations of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the EU increased by 59.1% to reach 146,185 cars, with demand still benefiting from government stimuli for zero-emission vehicles. This growth was spurred by big gains in key EU markets, most notably in Germany (+149.0%) and Italy (+145.6%). By contrast, demand for battery electric cars declined in Spain (-12.6%) from January to March.
Registrations of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) jumped by 175.0%, totalling 208,389 units. One of the drivers of this growth was Italy, where 16,103 plug-in cars were registered in the first quarter – a year-on-year increase of 445.7%. The EU’s three other major markets also saw two-fold, or even three-fold, gains in the PHEV segment so far this year: Germany (+195.4%), France (+231.4%) and Spain (+116.1%)."
Let's take a look at the data and charts for the first quarter.
New passenger plug-in car registrations in Europe - 2021 Q1
New passenger car registrations in Q1-Q1:
- BEVs (plus FCVs): 202,410 (up 54.6%) at 6.6% share
- PHEV: 250,491 (up 154%) at 8.1% share
- Total Plug-ins (plus FCVs): 452,901 (up 97.1%) at 14.7% share
- HEVs: 593,659 (up 90.4%) at 19.3% share
- Total car market: 3,080,751 (up 0.9%)
The top five markets by volume in Q1 2021 accounted for some 325,148 or 72% of total sales:
- Germany – 142,856 (up 172%)
- France – 61,720 (up 74%)
- UK – 58,392 (up 82%)
- Sweden – 32,389 (up 75%)
- Norway – 29,791 (up 32%)
Germany has become a dominant plug-in market in Europe right now with volume comparable to the next three countries.
In the following report, we will take a look also at the market share in particular countries.
BEVs, PHEVs and FCVs (negligible number) - 2021 Q1
BEVs and FCVs (negligible number) - 2021 Q1
PHEVs - 2021 Q1
* some data estimated
** only countries, for which data are available