The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) unveiled a robust surge of 14.6% in new car sales across the European Union (EU) in October, propelled significantly by a remarkable uptick in fully electric car purchases. Hybrid electric vehicles also marked a notable presence, representing a substantial fraction of total car sales.
Noteworthy was the staggering 36.3% surge in sales of fully electric cars compared to the previous year. Simultaneously, full-hybrid vehicle sales saw an impressive nearly 39% surge, contributing to the EU’s 15th consecutive month of escalating car sales.
The data revealed by ACEA emphasized that fully electric cars constituted 14.2% of the total car sales in October, surpassing sales figures of diesel-powered vehicles for the third consecutive time. This marks a significant shift considering that, in 2015, diesel-powered car sales accounted for over 50% of the market. However, in October 2023, this share dwindled to a mere 12%.
Moreover, sales data spanning the ten-month period leading up to October highlighted an even more striking surge of 53.1% in fully electric car sales.
ACEA’s report further underscored the dominance of electric and hybrid cars, with these models collectively accounting for more than 47% of all new car registrations in the EU from January to October. This represents a remarkable 42% surge compared to the same period last year, signifying a substantial shift toward environmentally friendly vehicle choices.
The surge in electric and hybrid car sales not only marks a paradigm shift in consumer preferences but also signals a significant stride toward a more sustainable and eco-conscious approach to transportation across the European automotive landscape.