In the first quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations in the EU significantly increased (+28.8 %), totaling 144,421, according to figures from the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA). Of these, electric vehicles (EVs) saw their registrations more than double, rising from 11,304 units in Q1 2014 to 24,630 units in Q1 2015 (+117.9%). The electric vehicle category include battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles.
Demand for new hybrid cars also increased (+21.4%), totaling 56,704 units in the first three months of the year. Propane and natural gas powered 63,087 new cars during this period, or 16.5% more than in the first quarter of 2014.
Looking at the EU’s major markets, the UK saw the largest increase of AFVs registered over the period (+64.2%), followed by France (+33.9%), Italy (+18.1%) and Germany (+11.3%). Among the EFTA countries, the Norwegian market grew by 32.7%, reaching 10,901 units.