LONDON -- Nearly one in five vehicles sold in the European Union in the third quarter was an electrified model as sales continued to soar while demand for pure fossil-fuel cars slumped, according to sales data released by industry association ACEA.
ACEA, which represents major European car, truck, van and bus makers, said that full-electric and plug-in hybrid model sales across the EU made up just under 19 percent of all sales.
Full-electric sales jumped nearly 57 percent to more than 212,000 units, while plug-in hybrid models rose nearly 43 percent to more than 197,000 units.
This is a slower pace of growth than in 2020 when sales almost trebled from a low base.
But it compares with a 35 percent drop in sales for pure gasoline cars - which still are the biggest sellers and account for nearly 40 percent of overall sales - and a more than 50 percent drop for diesel cars during the quarter.
Less than a decade ago, diesel cars made up more than 50 percent of sale in the EU but accounted for under 18 percent of all cars sold in the third quarter.
As well as having to meet stringent new EU carbon emissions targets, automakers and consumers have benefited from government subsidies for electrified vehicles.
The European Commission has also proposed an effective ban on fossil-fuel vehicles from 2035, aiming to speed up the switch to zero-emissions EVs as part of a broad package of measures to combat global warming.