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Zero-emission electric cars creep towards 1-in-10 new car sales in Western Europe


Key points:

  • 9.7% of all new West European passenger car registrations were pure electric BEV on a 12-month annualised basis

  • During September BEV registrations reached 15.9% mix – a new monthly record

  • BEVs within under 3% points of equalling diesel powered models in September

  • BEV volumes back in front of PHEVs' for the first time this year


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The monthly share of new zero-emission BEV (battery electric vehicle) passenger car registrations on a 12-month annualised basis is just 0.3 percentage points off the 10 per cent milestone, latest European Electric Car Report data reveals. During the 12-month period between October 2020 and September 2021, 1.104 million new pure electric passenger cars were added to Western Europe's 18 markets monitored by the report each month. The report, published next week can also exclusively reveal that BEVs came to within 3 percentage points of equalling new diesel passenger car registrations – including diesel hybrids – during September.

The report expects this historical landmark, that has never been achieved, may reach parity or surpass new diesel levels in December – traditionally the region's strongest month of the year for new plug-in registrations due to fiscal changes in key markets. The semiconductor shortage is also likely seeing BEV penetration rise prematurely over previous forecasts as described here.

Quotable: The European Electric Car Report expects new monthly pure electric car sales to surpass passenger cars fitted with a diesel engine for the first time in December More in the next report published next week.

The European Electric Car Flash Report which is published on a monthly basis covers the entire West European region in a detailed data-driven manner.


May also interest you: Future outlook: Semiconductor crisis accelerates the EV transition... BEVs are now expected to soak up 10.2% (1.132M units) of the total market while with PHEVs added to the equation – a route mostly exploited by premium OEMs click here for the story


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


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