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Electrified cars hit almost a fifth of EU Q3 vehicle sales

Electrified cars hit almost a fifth of EU Q3 vehicle sales
Electrified cars hit almost a fifth of EU Q3 vehicle sales   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p>By Nick Carey</p> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> – Nearly one in five vehicles sold in the European Union in the third quarter was an electrified model as sales continued to soar while fossil-fuel cars slumped, according to sales data released on Friday by a trade organization. </p> <p>The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, or <span class="caps">ACEA</span>, which represents major European car, truck, van and bus makers, said that battery electric and plug-in hybrid model sales across the European Union made up just under 19% of all sales.</p> <p>Battery electric vehicle sales jumped nearly 57% to more than 212,000 units, while plug-in hybrid models rose nearly 43% to more than 197,000 units. </p> <p>This is a slower pace of growth than in 2020 when sales almost trebled from a low base.</p> <p>But it compares with a 35% drop in sales for petrol cars – which still are the biggest sellers and account for nearly 40% of overall sales – and a more than 50% drop for diesel cars during the quarter. </p> <p>Less than a decade ago, diesel cars made up more than 50% of sale in the EU, but accounted for under 18% of all cars sold in the third quarter.</p> <p>As well as having to meet stringent new EU carbon emissions targets, car makers and consumers have benefited from government subsidies for electric vehicles. </p> <p>The European Commission has also proposed an effective ban on fossil-fuel vehicles from 2035, aiming to speed up the switch to zero-emission electric vehicles as part of a broad package of measures to combat global warming.</p> <p/> </div>