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Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Sales Are at Record Levels in Europe

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Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles account for more than a quarter of total first-time registrations in Europe, according to a recent study.

Last month, 1 in 4 of new cars registered in Europe-23 were low emissions ones, namely pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, JATO reports. They totaled 217,709 units or 26 percent, and their number is 41 percent over diesel-powered vehicles.

As for gasoline (petrol) cars, they continue to dominate the structure of demand: the volume in November was more than double the volume of low emissions vehicles.

In the battery-electric vehicles ranking of November 2021, a leader is the Tesla Model 3. The Renault Zoe (2nd), Dacia Spring (3rd), Tesla Model Y (4th) and Skoda Enyaq (5th) follow after.

In the PHEV market, the best-seller is the Peugeot 3008, followed by the Volvo XC40, Ford Kuga and a pair of Mercedes models – GLC and A-Class (4th and 5th place).

The consumer interest to electrified cars is already a trend strengthened by a shift from governments and manufacturers towards such vehicles, which, in addition, have become more accessible and are eligible to incentives.

JATO Dynamics expects a large increase in registrations in 2022 in the whole market of Europe if the chip shortage problem is solved. Besides, consumers should adapt to new buying patterns next year, more precisely, they’ll move toward keeping vehicles for longer periods.

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