EU electric powered and plug-in hybrid auto revenue leap to more than 1 million in 2020

Significant targeted visitors fills the ring street in Paris all through the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), France, May well 6, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Information

LONDON (Reuters) – Income of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the European Union nearly trebled to around 1 million autos final year, accounting for far more than 10% of over-all product sales, details confirmed on Thursday.

The leap in sales demonstrates electrified motor vehicles are getting more mainstream solutions following many years of currently being a market market and it arrived at a time when general EU motor vehicle sales plunged nearly 24% to 9.9 million since of COVID-19 lockdowns.

The details produced by the European Auto Producers Affiliation (ACEA) confirmed profits of thoroughly-electric and plug-in hybrids surged to 1.046 million automobiles from 387,808 in 2019.

Gross sales of self-charging hybrid cars and trucks climbed 59% to 1.182 million past yr although petrol and diesel vehicle revenue fell 37% and 32% respectively, the details showed. Petrol automobiles remained the greatest seller, nevertheless, accounting for 48% of all EU sales.

As effectively as possessing to satisfy stringent new EU carbon emissions targets, carmakers benefited from govt subsidies for electric autos as component of pandemic restoration programmes, specially in France and Germany.

Income of thoroughly-electric powered cars far more than doubled to 538,772 from 247,854 a yr earlier.

Reporting by Nick Carey Editing by David Clarke