HEVs, BEVs gain popularity – at the expense of other alternative drives

November 01, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
On Europe’s roads, the number of electrical-driven vehicles is increasing. According to the latest statistics from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), 137,423 vehicles with alternative powertrains were newly registered in the third quarter of 2016, representing a growth of 7.0% over the same period last year.

About 50% of the vehicles with alternative powertrains were hybrid electric cars, exhibiting a growth of 29%. The ACEA qualifies electric vehicles into Electrically Chargeable Vehicles (ECVs) and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs). Thus, Battery-electric vehicles and Plug-in hybrids are combined in one group. In this group, the ECVs, growth was particularly supported by plug-in hybrids (+26.4%).


BEVs and HEVs grew in Q3 (Source: ACEA)

Demand for cars powered by alternative fuels like propane, ethanol and natural gas (NGV) declined significantly by 26.2%.

In the EU’s major markets, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom recorded substantial increases of 45%, 34% and 30.5%, respectively in AFV registrations. Growth in the countries was driven exclusively by the demand for electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Despite a drop in HEV sales, France accounted for the second largest number of HEV registrations after the UK. Among the EU plus EFTA countries, Norway maintained its leading position with the largest number of electrically chargeable vehicles: 11,287 vehicles, 44% higher than in the same quarter 2015.

Nevertheless, vehicles with alternative powertrains are still a small fraction of the newly registered vehicles. As a comparison: In September alone, the number of total new registrations in the EU amounted to 1.45 million units.