+0.6% in second quarter of 2016
In the second quarter of 2016, alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations in the EU remained stable (+0.6%), totalling 147,784 units, according to data of ACEA. Results were diverse among different vehicle categories. On the one hand, demand for electrically chargeable vehicles (ECVs) showed moderate growth (+7.1%).
This growth was supported by both battery (+5.1%) and plug-in electric vehicles (+9.6%). Registrations of new hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) also continued their positive momentum, posting a double-digit gain (+22.6%) and reaching 63,707 units. On the other hand, new registrations of cars powered by propane, ethanol or natural gas (NGV) showed a double-digit decline (-20.8%) during Q2 2016, totalling 50,211 vehicles.