Originally posted on EVANNEX.
By Charles Morris
Many milestones will be passed during the journey to the coming world of electrically powered transportation. Another recently fell back in the rearview mirror as sales of plug-in cars surpassed sales of diesels in the European market.
Diesel cars have long been a mainstay of the car market in Europe (they have a much smaller market share in the US). A couple of decades ago, when concerns about carbon emissions began to emerge, German carmakers, instead of pursuing electrification, put their bets on diesel engines, which emit slightly less coal per year. Miles driven than gas cars. Today, after decades of fraud and few fines of a few billion dollars, it looks like Diesel Day is over.
About a year ago, automotive analyst JATO Dynamics reported that sales of electrified passenger cars (hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars) had overtaken them on diesels for the first time ever. Now the next milestone has been passed – in August, plug-in vehicles (plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars) for the first time sold diesels in Europe with a share of 21% of the market compared to 20% for diesels.
In Europe as a whole, petrol-powered vehicles are still the best-selling category (56% of the market), although even in a few of the most advanced markets they are clearly in their final stages (in Norway in August, electrified vehicles, led by Tesla’s Model Y, reached a market share of 92%).
In August, electric cars and plug-in hybrids sold their diesel engines. This is the first time this is happening in Europe. We tell you why: https://t.co/KCERohLKI6 #EV #elbil #JATO pic.twitter.com/vO1XmRMbLB
– JATO Dynamics (@JATO_Dynamics) October 5, 2021
The overall car market has fallen sharply, mainly thanks to the ongoing supply chain crisis, but EV sales continue to grow. According to JATO figures, which include data from 26 European markets, the registration of new cars fell by 18% in August to the lowest volume for that month since 2014. However, plug-in car sales saw a 61% increase from year to year % in August.
“While supply and incentives have played a significant role in increasing demand, we have seen a fundamental shift in buying habits as more attractive models have entered the market and consumers have become aware of the benefits associated with electric cars. “says Felipe Munoz, Global Analyst. at JATO Dynamics.
Europe’s best-selling clean electric car in August was the Volkswagen ID.3, which sold 7,904 units to beat the Tesla Model 3 with a whisk (7,824 units). Tesla Model Y came out of the gate like a thoroughbred – during its first month on the European market, it sold 3,478 units to occupy number 8 among electric cars. Deliveries of German-built Model Ys produced at the new Berlin Gigafactory are expected to begin in December.
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