Sales Of Electric Cars Charge Ahead In Europe
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jul, 2021 ) :Electric cars -- key to reducing emissions and meeting climate change goals -- have boosted their market share in Europe, data showed Friday, as the region prepares to abandon petrol and diesel.
Battery electric vehicles more than doubled their share of new car sales in Europe in the second quarter, according to the European automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) which groups together major car firms.
It believes such a move is necessary for Europe to meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by mid-century and meet its goals under the 2015 Paris accord that aims to limit the global rise in temperatures.
"Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) had an even more impressive second quarter of 2021, with registrations jumping by 255.8 percent to 235,730 units," said the ACEA. That took their market share to 8.4 percent.
- Slump in petrol cars - Sales of hybrids which cannot be recharged from power mains also more than tripled to 541,162 vehicles, remaining the largest category of alternatively-powered cars with a 19.3 percent market share.
Meanwhile, registrations of new petrol and diesel vehicles increased given the low number of vehicles sold in the second quarter last year, when many European countries had severe restrictions on businesses due to the pandemic.
The data also comes as a growing number of automakers are unveiling their plans to shift to all-electric vehicles as policymakers indicate the days of internal combustion engines are numbered.