Spain, at the bottom of electric car sales in Europe; even Malta beats us by a landslide

Spain does not play a key role in the transition to electric car. And this is proof of that country with Less strong economies are doing better than our market.

It is clear that states like Germany or France are ahead in electrification. There is no doubt. And it is perfectly visible in classifications such as the one shown in the following table, which includes sales of electric cars between January and October, according to ACEA dataEuropean Manufacturers Association.

No. Earth Sale of electricity until October
1 Germany 424,623
2 France 230,089
3 Holland 93,754
4 Sweden 90,622
5 Belgium 77,324
6 Italy 51,513
7 Denmark 45,653
8 Spain 39,663
9 Austria 39,272
10 Portugal 28,372
eleven Finland 25,118
12 Ireland 22,274
13 Poland 13,489
14 Romania 12,886
fifteen Luxembourg 9,383
16 Czech Republic 5,392
17 Greece 5,359
18 Hungary 4,846
19 Slovenia 3,571
twenty Slovakia 1914
Twenty-one Lithuania 1,731
22 Latvia 1,469
23 Bulgaria 1,423
24 Croatia 1,347
25 Estonia 1.177
26 malt 1 009
27 Cyprus 639

Classification of European Union (EU) countries in which you can see it Germany is the number one electric vehicle market by volume, with 424,623 vehicles registered so far and will probably close the year with nearly half a million. They follow him France with 230,089 cars and the Netherlands with 93,754 registered cars.

And Spain? When analyzing sales by volume, we see this Spain is in eighth place, very close to Austria and only surpassed by countries with more powerful economies. So far so good.

The problem arises when analyzing data from the market share of electric vehicles in each of the markets. That is, when these emission-free car registration data are compared to the overall market. And here The position of Spain is very remoteas seen in the following table.

No. Earth Market share
1 Sweden 38.5%
2 Denmark 33%
3 Finland 33%
4 Holland 29.5%
5 Luxembourg 22.2%
6 Austria 19.4%
7 Belgium 18.7%
8 Ireland 18.5%
9 Germany 18%
10 France 16%
eleven malt fifteen%
12 Portugal 12%
13 Romania 10.5%
14 Latvia 8.9%
fifteen Slovenia 8.4%
16 Lithuania 7.3%
17 Estonia 6.1%
18 Spain 5%
19 Hungary 5.3%
twenty Bulgaria 4.7%
Twenty-one Greece 4.6%
22 Italy 3.9%
23 Poland 3.4%
24 Czech Republic 2.8%
25 Croatia 2.7%
26 Slovakia 2.5%
27 Cyprus 0.3%

A classification in which We moved from eighth position in the previous table to 18th place out of a total of 27 countries. That means we can say we are at the bottom of Europe in terms of electric vehicle penetration.

And a good proof of that is that countries with much weaker economies than ours beat us. Their is a good example Malta, which is the country that is now beating us with 15% market share, compared to our 5% market share, according to ACEA.

Moreover, it is not only the case of Malta. We are also surpassed by countries with a lower GDP than ours, among them e.g. Portugal (12% share), Romania (10.5%), Latvia (8.9%), Lithuania (7.3%) or Estonia (6.1%).

Definitely, We only have a greater penetration of electricity than, among others, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy or the Czech Republic.

As for the reasons that explain the low penetration, there are several. Manufacturers are asking about it support for the purchase of electric cars is direct and does not pay taxes to citizens. However, this is also claimed by the manufacturers lack of infrastructure. And then there are users who point out that they still have very high prices for the autonomy they offer. There are even other sources that point out that electric vehicles are being taken from manufacturers to markets where there is more demand, so countries like Spain as the main market, still for internal combustion cars.

The truth is, For one or more reasons, Spain has a 5% share of the electric car market and this number is too small for how electric cars are doing in other countries. It is therefore one of the duties of the executive in the next election period.

More electric than diesel

On the other hand, these car sales in the EU between January and October left another interesting news. And for the first time, more electric cars than diesel cars were sold in the European Union.

Specifically, in the period from January to October this year, a total of 1.23 million electric cars were sold in 27 EU countries. Nevertheless, a total of 1.22 million diesel cars were registered during the same period. One may think that the difference is small, although electric cars are growing at a rate of 53% in Europe in 2023. Diesel vehicles, on the other hand, decrease by 5%. Therefore, this difference will grow much more over the months.

That’s why we can say that The electric car put an end to diesel in Europe. A good proof of this is that diesel had a market share of almost 16% in October 2022 and now last October the market share was only 12%. So in this monthly comparison, we can say that diesel fell by 4%. Electricity has a share of 14% in the whole of Europe.

As for the rest of the engines, The engine with the highest volume continues to be gasoline, with 3.16 million units sold by October, which represents a growth of 11.8%. In addition, cars with gasoline engines occupy 35.9% of the market share.

Finally, and in relation toyou Plug-in hybrid cars are experiencing a curious phenomenon. And sales of this type of car are slowing down. Specifically, between the months of January and October, 669,632 plug-in hybrid cars were sold, which represents a growth of only 1%. However, when we look at the most recent month, October, plug-in hybrid sales were down, down 5%.

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