Electric Vehicles and Hybrids Become More Popular Than Diesel Cars

The diesel car market share has fallen to a record level.

Demand for cars with electric and hybrid powertrains in Europe has exceeded the demand for diesel cars for the first time.

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According to Jato Dynamics, EVs and hybrids have become more popular than diesel models in the European market for the first time. Every fourth car sold in Europe this September is an EV or hybrid. The diesel car market has fallen to a record low with heavy-fuel vehicles gaining only 24.8 percent. By comparison, 10 years ago, diesel cars accounted for 50 percent of the market in Europe, while the share of EVs and hybrids was below 1 percent.

The new car market in 27 European countries grew by just 1.2 percent in September, with almost 1.3 million vehicles registered. Demand for EVs increased by 156 percent compared to the same month in 2019. Hybrid cars broke the bar of 300,000 copies in one month for the first time — their popularity increased by 124 percent. Toyota and its Corolla are leading in the hybrid segment, and the leader in the EV segment is Tesla with its Model 3.

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