LONDON – Full-electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 43 percent of sales of new cars in the European Union in the third quarter, according to data from Europe’s main automotive lobbying group, ACEA.
Full-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hybrids made up less than 40 percent of all sales in the same period last year, the association said.
Sales of full-electric models rose 22 percent versus the third quarter of 2021.
The EU has backed an effective ban on new fossil-fuel vehicles from 2035, so eventually all cars will have to be zero-emission models.
National and local governments have been pulling back on subsidies for plug-in hybrids in favor of EVs.
Plug-in hybrid sales fell 6 percent during the third quarter.
Gasoline car sales were down 3.3 percent but gasoline cars remained the most popular in the EU with 38 percent of total sales.
Diesel cars accounted for 17 percent of sales after a 4.7 percent.
As recently as 2015, diesel vehicles accounted for nearly 52 percent of EU car sales. But sales have fallen continuously in the wake of Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal.