While at the end of last year 14.4 percent of newly registered cars were equipped with one or more electric motors to support their combustion engine or for their direct propulsion, according to the automotive federation Febiac, that share had risen to 21.8 percent by the end of September, despite the shortage of semiconductors. It is striking that it concerns almost as many EVs as self-charging hybrids (15,276 and 15,670 copies respectively). The majority, however, are plug-in hybrids (37,271 units). Thanks to the companies and the self-employed, who account for about 80% of new registrations in Brussels, compared to 66% in Flanders and about 28% in Wallonia.
The increase in the share of electrified vehicles, combined with a slight increase in the share of cars with only a petrol engine, means that the percentage of newly registered diesels falls even further, from 32.9 to 24.3%. Incidentally, the share of CNG cars also fell, from 0.7 to 0.3%. It is remarkable that the share of LPG cars increased slightly again, from 0.2 to 0.5%. Thanks to Dacia, which has started to offer LPG models for the price of the petrol versions since the elimination of diesels in its range?
Unsurprisingly, the most popular EV from January to the end of September 2021, according to Febiac figures, was the Tesla Model 3, the most popular plug-in hybrid and self-charging hybrid being the BMW X5 and the Toyota Corolla respectively.