In the second quarter of 2018, almost 57% of all new passenger cars in the EU ran on petrol, while diesel cars accounted for 36.3% of the market, official figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) have revealed. All alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) combined accounted for 6.9% of the market. However, only one out of every 60 cars sold across the EU during the second quarter of 2018 was electrically-chargeable.

Petrol and diesel cars

Diesel’s market share fell from 45.2% to 36.3% of total passenger car registrations compared to the same quarter one year ago, a decline of 15.5%. This drop was largely offset by an increase in demand for petrol cars (+19.8%), which now account for almost 57% of all new passenger cars sold in the EU – 7 percentage points more than in Q2 2017.

Alternatively-powered vehicles (APV)

In the second quarter of 2018, demand for alternatively-powered vehicles in the European Union grew significantly (+44.3%), mostly driven by hybrid (+49.2%) and battery electric (+45.5%) car sales. Overall, 72,168 electrically-chargeable cars were registered in the EU from April to June 2018, or 43.8% more than in the same period one year ago. Demand for LPG and NGV vehicles also increased strongly – up 35.2% in the second quarter of the year – mainly thanks to a notable uplift of natural gas-fuelled car registrations (+139.8%).

Among the five key EU markets, APV registrations saw the highest increases in Spain (+79.4%) and Germany (+72.1%). Demand for alternatively-powered vehicles also continued to post strong growth in France (+43.4%), the UK (+42.3%) and Italy (+20.7%).

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