Brussels – Sales of alternatively powered vehicles are following “a highly uneven pattern” across EU member states, according to new findings from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).
In a report published 29 Oct, ACEA noted that the consumer uptake of battery electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid electric passenger cars, as well as those fuelled by natural gas or hydrogen, differred strongly from country to country.
For instance, the number of battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids (electrically-chargeable vehicles, or ECVs) sold last year ranged from just 93 cars in Latvia (0.6% market share) to 67,504 in Germany (2% market share), the ACEA’s data showed.
The report went on to add that the consumer uptake of electrically chargeable cars has been particularly low in central and eastern Europe, with Poland for instance posting only 0.2% of total passenger car sales.
“An ECV market share of more than 1.5% is something that is exclusive to Western European countries,” the report added.