Petrol and APVs gain ground
The European Association of Motor Manufacturers (ACEA) has released figures showing how the shift between petrol and diesel is changing in terms of new car registrations. It finds that in the first quarter of 2019, nearly 60% of all new passenger cars registered across the EU ran on petrol, while less than one third was fuelled by diesel.
With the exception of Germany, demand for petrol cars increased in the five largest EU car markets. Germany saw petrol demand drop by almost 6%, while diesel rose by 2.6% As a result, the market share of petrol increased from 55.5% to 59.3% in the first quarter of 2019 across all markets.
On the other hand, diesel car registrations contracted in most EU member states except Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The share of diesel cars in the market fell by almost 6 points compared to the same quarter one year ago, now accounting for just about a third (32.2%) of the market.
ACEA has also produced its own figures for alternatively-powered vehicles.
In the first quarter of 2019, it says, demand for alternatively-powered cars in the European Union increased by 25.9%. Growth was driven by the electrically-chargeable vehicle segment, up 40.0% with 99,174 units registered. Within this segment, battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales grew substantially (+84.4%), while registrations of plug-in hybrids remained practically flat. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) also performed well (+33.3%), totalling 184,808 units sold during the first three months of the year. By contrast, registrations of LPG and NGV cars declined by 7.2% in the first quarter, mainly due to a sharp drop in demand for natural gas vehicles (NGV).
Alternatively-powered vehicle registrations significantly increased in all major EU markets. Demand for APVs saw the highest percentage gains in Germany (+62.9%) – mainly due to a doubling of sales in the hybrid segment – as well as in Spain (+48.9%).