Electric Vehicles Gained Tremendous Traction In Europe.

CIO Review Europe | Sunday, February 28, 2021

Every fifth new automobile registered in Western Europe was a zero-emission vehicle, according to the data.

FREMONT, CA: For the first time in Europe, electric vehicle (EV) sales have overtaken diesel car sales, demonstrating the growing popularity of these electric engines. According to Schmidt Automotive Research's European Electric Car Monthly Study, all-electric registrations in West Europe surpassed diesel cars for the first time in December 2021. In December, 2021, every fifth new automobile registered in Western Europe was a zero-emission vehicle, according to the data. In 2021, more than one million electric vehicles were sold in Western Europe alone. According to preliminary Schmidt Automotive Research data, pure electric EVs accounted for 11.2 percent of all new cars sold in the 18 market region in 2018, up from 6.7 percent in 2020. Between October and December of last year, almost 400,000 electric vehicles were on the road in the region, accounting for 17 percent of the overall new passenger car  market

For the first time in Europe, electric vehicle (EV) sales have overtaken diesel car sales, demonstrating the growing popularity of these electric engines. According to Schmidt Automotive Research's European Electric Car Monthly Study, all-electric registrations in West Europe surpassed diesel cars for the first time in December 2021. In December, 2021, every fifth new automobile registered in Western Europe was a zero-emission vehicle, according to the data. In 2021, more than one million  electric vehicles were sold in Western Europe alone. According to preliminary Schmidt Automotive Research data, pure electric EVs accounted for 11.2 percent of all new cars sold in the 18 market region in 2018, up from 6.7 percent in 2020. Between October and December of last year, almost 400,000 electric vehicles were on the road in the region, accounting for 17 percent of the overall new passenger car market.

Matthias Schmidt, automotive industry market analyst and founder of Schmidt Automotive Research stated that more than every tenth new passenger car on West European roads was a pure electric vehicle in 2021. This appeared impressive at the time, considering the CO2 boost in December last year. But it's worth adding some context, given the EV booster year that occurred in a total passenger vehicle industry that had its worst year in nearly 40 years, he said. In a normal 14.2 million passenger car market year, the same amount of EVs would have accounted for only 8.4 percent of the market, according to Schmidt. Perhaps this gives some indication on how the market would have appeared in a normal non-pandemic year, where the word semiconductor would have remained in the lexicon of just a handful of experts. Schmidt Automotive predicts EV growth for 2022 with an increase of 350000 units on the road.

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