Plug-In Car Registrations In Europe: Q1-Q3 2021 Full Report


The passenger car registrations in Europe in the third quarter of 2021 amounted to 2,675,567 (down 23% year-over-year).

Data released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) indicates strong growth of plug-in electric segment, despite the challenging supply constraints.

In total, some 548,972 (up 48%) new passenger plug-in electric cars were registered in the Q3 2021 in the European Union, EFTA (Norway, Switzerland, Iceland) and the UK, which is 20.5% of the market.

All-electric cars have been recently substantially ahead of plug-in hybrids, while both types are not far behind the total hybrid volume.

Let’s take a look at the data and charts.

  • BEVs (plus FCVs): 309,239 (up 57%) at 11.6% share
  • PHEVs: 239,733 (up 39%) at 9% share
  • Total Plug-ins (plus FCVs): 548,972 (up 48%) at 20.5% share
  • HEVs: 588,429 (up 26%) at 22% share
  • Total car market: 2,675,567 (down 23%)
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Year-to-date numbers also look impressive, as more than 1.5 million new plug-ins were registered (up 105% year-over-year), which represents over 17% of the market.

  • BEVs (plus FCVs): 801,025 (up 91%) at 8.7% share
  • PHEVs: 777,694 (up 121%) at 8.5% share
  • Total Plug-ins (plus FCVs): 1,578,719 (up 105%) at 17.2% share
  • HEVs: 1,871,017 (up 91%) at 20.4% share
  • Total car market: 9,161,918 (up 7%)

The top six markets by volume in the period accounted for some 1.2 million registrations or over 76.4% of total sales:

  1. Germany – 478,121 (up 134%)
  2. UK – 212,181 (up 95%)
  3. France – 208,771 (up 88%)
  4. Norway – 109,139 (up 62%)
  5. Italy – 100,511 (up 236%)
  6. Sweden – 97,003 (up 72%)

Germany remains the dominant plug-in market in Europe right now with a volume higher than the next two countries combined. Italy continues to note the highest growth among the biggest markets.

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In terms of market share, 15 countries are above 10% share. Norway is a stand alone leader and further improves its position towards 90%.

An important thing is that plug-ins improved their market share in basically all of the markets.

The 6 top countries by market share (above 20%) are:

  1. Norway – 84.7%
  2. Iceland – 48.0%
  3. Sweden – 41.7%
  4. Denmark – 30.8%
  5. Finland – 28.5%
  6. Germay – 23.7%
  7. Netherlands – 22.6%
  8. Switzerland – 22.2%
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Germany, the UK, France, Norway and Italy were the largest all-electric car markets in Europe.

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14 countries noted a BEV market share of at least 5%, while 8 exceeded 10%.

The top countries are:

  1. Norway – 62.5%
  2. Iceland – 24.2%
  3. Sweden – 16.1%
  4. Switzerland – 13.4%
  5. Austria – 12.7%
  6. Netherlands – 12.7%
  7. Germany – 11.7%
  8. Denmark – 10.7%
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Germany, France, the UK, Sweden and Italy were the largest plug-in hybrid car markets in Europe.

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The number of countries with a PHEV market share of at least 10% increased to 8.

The top countries are:

  1. Sweden – 25.6%
  2. Iceland – 23.8%
  3. Norway – 22.2%
  4. Finland – 20.3%
  5. Denmark – 20.0%
  6. Germany – 11.9%
  7. Belgium – 11.9%
  8. Portugal – 10.3%
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* some data estimated

** only countries, for which data are available

*** all BEV charts include FCVs (negligible number)



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