Registrations of passenger cars and SUVs in Europe continue to increase. In the first eight months of the year, 8.5 million units were sold, which represents a 17.9% increase compared to the same period last year. In August, 904,509 units were sold, 20.7% more than in the same month of 2022, according to data published by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).
But what is striking about this data is not so much the quantity, but rather the options that buyers opted for. By type of engine, sales of 100% electric cars (BEV) totaled 1.28 million units in Europe until August (53.6% year-on-year).
The numbers are even better if we look at the last month. In August, 196,647 vehicles of this type were delivered (101.6%), according to ACEA data. The trend, far from subsiding, is strengthening as the months go by and could end in historic figures.
Furthermore, BEVs have established themselves as the third best-selling type of engine in Europe, surpassing diesel and behind electric hybrids (non-plug-in) and gasoline vehicles.
In Spain, electric cars are increasingly popular. Between January and August, 30,882 100% electric vehicles have been sold, which represents a growth of 73.3%, above the European average. In August, 3,583 vehicles were sold, which represents an increase of 155.7%, also above the European average (101.6%) and France and Italy, but behind Germany (170.7%).
By engine, in the first eight months of the year, 628,976 passenger cars and plug-in hybrid SUVs were sold, that is, 4.5% more than in the same period of 2022. And in August alone, 67,718 units of this type were registered (8. 8% in the interannual comparison).
Gasoline cars continue to be one of the favorites for Spanish users. In the accumulated total of the year, 3.13 million units have been sold (12.7%), while last month 298,415 copies were delivered, which represents a 2.6% increase, according to data collected by ACEA.