PARIS -- Full-electric vehicles accounted for 14 percent of all new cars sold in Europe in 2022, largely driven by big increases in Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, and the UK. Only Italy registered a decline for the year.
Full-electric vehicle registrations increased 29 percent to 1.58 million, industry group ACEA said on Wednesday. In absolute terms, 357,162 more new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) were registered. ACEA includes the EU, the UK, and the EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) in its figures.
Germany accounted for about one-third of that gain, as BEV sales rose by 32 percent to 471,394 (see chart, below). Sales in Britain were up by 40 percent to 267,203.
Wealthier Northern European markets that have led the way in BEV adoption continued to show strong growth, with Sweden up 66 percent, Finland up 61 percent, Switzerland up 26 percent, Denmark up 23 percent, Norway (where BEVs made up 80 percent of all sales in 2022) up 22 percent and the Netherlands up 15 percent.
Other major markets that equaled or outpaced the average included Belgium, up 66 percent; Spain, up 29 percent; and France, up 25 percent. In Italy BEV sales fell by 27 percent.