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Electric cars oversold diesel cars for the first time


For the first time in history, sales of pure electric and rechargeable vehicles in Europe surpassed diesel motorcycles in August in Europe.

Pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) accounted for 21% of the market share, with 151,737 vehicles delivered. Meanwhile, cars using diesel engines accounted for 20%, with 141,635 vehicles sold. This is the first time electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles have sold more than diesel cars in Europe, according to data provided by JATO Europe.

Gasoline cars still account for the largest proportion with 56% market share, but are on a decreasing trend.

Volkswagen ID.3 – Europe’s best-selling electric car in August. Photo: Car and Driver

In the first eight months of this year, pure electric vehicles and PHEVs sold a total of 1.32 million units, while in the same period of 2020 it was only 158,300 vehicles. August’s best-seller among all-electric vehicles was the Volkswagen ID.3 for the second month in a row, with the Tesla Model 3 following closely behind, and the Volkswagen ID.4 in third.

With the PHEV line, Ford Kuga still holds the throne despite a 26% decrease compared to the same period last year, and Mercedes GLC and BMW 3 series PHEV versions respectively take the next two positions.

Despite the double-digit decline for the second consecutive month, the total European auto market sales in the first eight months of the year were 8.01 million vehicles, higher than the 7.2 million vehicles in 2020.

The total number of new cars registered in August in Europe was 713,714 vehicles, 18% lower than 2020, and down 33% compared to 2019. The decrease was mainly due to the impact of chip shortage – a condition that led to the period of time. waiting to receive the car is getting longer and longer with the majority of new car models and pushing more customers to the used car market.

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