Looking at the new car sales figures, relative to the third quarter of 2021 and published by ACEA, the association of European car manufacturers, there are several interesting trends that confirm an electric evolution within the countries of the Union.
First of all it is noticeable that petrol cars are still the favorites of motorists, with a market share of 39.5%. One of the main factors for which there is resistance to the command is the cost of these vehicles, still much lower, except for incentives, of cars with other power supplies. We must not forget, for some, a certain mistrust of battery-powered cars. In second place is the hybrid (20.7%), thus giving even more importance to petrol cars. In fact, the majority of hybrids on the market are based on petrol engines, and not diesel ones: consequently, the virtual market cake for this type of fuel is well over half of the total.
Diesel languishes in third place in the ranking, with 17.6%: a decayed noble that sees electric cars approaching in the distance but inexorably. Full electric cars occupy 9.8% of the market, even ahead of plug-in hybrids. This is a natural overtaking, given that plug-in hybrids are above all ‘premium’ cars, considered by various car brands as a bridge technology towards all-electric price lists. Finally, reduced percentages for methane and LPG.
According to ACEA, gasoline and diesel cars continued to lose ground from July to September 2021, absorbing the impact of the general decline in registrations. Compared to the third quarter of 2020, gasoline cars have lost more than 8%. Diesel engines fell by 10.2%: in 2020 769,922 cars with this fuel were purchased, in the third quarter of 2021 only 381,473.
Conversely, electric grew by 56.7%, with three-digit percentage gains in Italy and improvements in Germany, France and Spain as well. Natural gas cars fell by 48.8% due to the reduction in demand, especially in Italy, which is the reference market. While the LPG they had a small boom in France (+ 103.2%).
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