New vehicle registrations remain in the doldrums across Europe and it’s too early to talk about a recovery. However, it appears that the electrified vehicle industry is using the occasion to break its own records and gain a foothold in motorized mobility.
The data for August confirm this trend of drivers who, despite the fact that the purchase of an electric car involves a greater financial outlay, prefer low emission vehicles before conventional gasoline and diesel engines.
Compared to the same month of 2019, August of this year has been closed with a total of 188,700 registered electric vehicles which represents an increase of 121%.
Hybrid models have accounted for 49% of total sales during the last month. This percentage has meant a growth of 86% in this type of vehicle thanks to the models mild-hybrid. The PHEV or plug-in hybrid sector, in particular, has grown by 283% with a total of 44,700 models sold.
Purely electric cars have seen their registrations grow with an increase of 111% month-on-month, which translates into 48,800 units sold. The brands that have led this growth have been Renault, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Kia.
Suv and French brands triumph
The JATO Dynamics data also indicates that, at the moment, SUV-type cars remain favorites both in electrified and conventional versions. The favorite electric models in this segment have been the Toyota CH-R and the Kia Niro with respect to growth from the previous year.
Four out of ten drivers have registered a small SUV as their new vehicle, a decline of just 12% in total sales compared to drops of 20, 35 and up to 44% on other models.
Another aspect that buyers have taken into account this month has been the brand. While German companies have been the ones that have led the sales of electrified vehicles, this last month both Renault and Peugeot They have managed to place six of their vehicles in the top ten of the best sellers. The Renault Zoe and the Peugeot e-208 are the two most registered.