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Exclusive Research: 5 million zero-emission BEV passenger cars have now entered West European roads

Updated: May 10, 2023



Exclusive Research: Since 2011, 5 million pure electric BEV passenger cars have been newly registered across Western Europe's 18 markets.

Almost thirteen years after beginning their journey, the West European new passenger car market has now seen the fifth millionth new BEV passenger car enter its roads, up to the end of April 2023, our exclusive European Electric Car Study data reveals. The total number of passenger cars on the region's roads, irrespective of drivetrain, totals just under 240 million units, while just under 4.9 million of those five million units remain in operation (Parc). That equating to just over 2 per cent of the total region's cars in use being zero-emission BEVs or every fiftieth model.

More in-depth reporting in the full study published each month. The study now also features an in-depth look at the Chinese OEMs as their European expansion slowly begins. Are Chinese OEMs really a threat to the established European OEMs and what does the outlook look like?


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*Western Europe 18 Markets: EU Member States prior to the 2004 enlargement plus EFTA markets Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, plus UK


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