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EU October car sales up 14.6 per cent, EV sales jump more than 36 per cent

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New car sales in the European Union rose 14.6 per cent in October, boosted in part by a big jump in sales of fully electric cars, while hybrid electric vehicles accounted for nearly three of every 10 vehicles sold in the economic bloc.

Sales of fully electric cars rose 36.3 per cent from a year earlier and full hybrid sales were up nearly 39 per cent as the EU recorded its 15th consecutive month of sales growth, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said on Tuesday.

The ACEA said fully electric cars made up 14.2 per cent of sales in October, overtaking sales of diesel cars for the third time.

As recently as 2015, diesel models accounted for more than 50 per cent of cars sold in the EU, but they accounted for just 12 per cent of sales in October.

For the ten months through October, sales of fully electric cars were up 53.1 per cent.

Electrified vehicles – either fully electric models, plug-in hybrids or full hybrids – accounted for over 47 per cent of all new passenger car registrations in the EU between January and October 2023, up from 42 per cent in the same period last year, the ACEA said.

Some automakers, analysts and dealers have worried that EV sales are about to hit a plateau after several years of stellar growth, as consumers wait for more affordable models to hit the market.

Sales at Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), Europe’s largest automaker, increased by 9.9 per cent in October, while sales at Stellantis (STLAM.MI) and Renault (RENA.PA) rose by 11.3 per cent and 24.3 per cent, respectively.

Tesla’s (TSLA.O) sales rose nearly 150 per cent, accounting for nearly 12 per cent of fully electric car sales in the EU.

The number of new vehicles registered in October in the EU, Britain and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) grew by 14.1 per cent to 1.04 million units, the ACEA said.

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