Fuel types of new cars: battery electric 9.9%, hybrid 22.6% and petrol 38.5% market share in Q2 2022
In Q2 2022, sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in Europe (EU14 + EFTA + UK) continued to grow and accounted for 9.9% of total passenger car registrations. Year-on-year Q1-Q2 2021/2022 figures even increased by 30.3 %.
In the second quarter of 2022, sales of battery-powered electric vehicles in the EU continued to rise, accounting for 9.9% of total passenger car registrations. Plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 8.7% of the market share, up from 8.4% in the second quarter of 2021, despite a decline in unit sales. Cars with gasoline and diesel engines suffered significant losses in this three-month period, resulting in a shrinking market share (55.8% for diesel and gasoline combined).
Cars with gasoline and diesel engines
From April to June 2022, gasoline and diesel cars lost market share in the European Union, falling from 62.0% in the second quarter of 2021 to 55.8% in the second quarter of this year. The market share of gasoline cars declined by more than 3 percentage points and accounted for 38.5% of total sales, while the market share of diesel cars fell to 17.3% of total passenger car registrations (down from 20.2% in the same period in 2021).
Sales of gasoline vehicles declined by 22.2% across the EU, amounting to 909,703 vehicles sold. For diesel vehicles, the decline was even greater (-27.7%) and amounted to 409,174 vehicles.
Alternative propulsion vehicles (APV)
In Q2 2022, registrations of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the EU increased by 11.1%, reaching 233,413 vehicles sold. Among the main markets in the region, Spain and France contributed to the positive BEV performance with double-digit growth rates (+22.0% and +18.6%, respectively). Italy, on the other hand, recorded a significant loss (-19.6%), while Germany posted slight negative growth (-0.5%).
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) increased their market share in the period under review despite a double-digit decline in units sold (-12.5% to 206,501 vehicles). With the exception of Spain (+11.3%), all major markets recorded declines in PHEV sales: France (-17.4%), Germany (-16.9%) and Italy (-6.9%).
Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) sales in the European Union declined by 2.2% in the second quarter of the year. However, due to the significant decline in sales of conventionally powered vehicles, HEVs increased their overall market share (22.6%). The four main markets in the region recorded mixed results. France and Spain recorded growth (+7.2% and +2.7%, respectively). Italy and Germany, on the other hand, saw declines (-9.3% and -6.5%, respectively).
Registrations of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) fell by 62.9% in the European Union, with 4,983 units sold during the period. This decline is mainly attributable to Italy, which accounts for the majority of sales in the region. By contrast, vehicles powered by LPG recorded an increase in sales (+7.9%), reaching 64,152 units in the second quarter. Three of the four largest markets in the region recorded strong increases: Spain (+57.6%), France (+21.9%) and Germany (+10.3%). Italy, on the other hand, recorded a decline (-5.1%).
In Q2 2022, sales of battery electric vehicles continued to grow in the EU, accounting for 9.9% of total passenger car registrations. Plug-in Hbyrids and hybrids, as well as gasoline and diesel vehicles, continued to record sharp declines.