The APIA report on the evolution of the car market in the first four months of the year shows that 11.6% of the cars registered this year are mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric.
The share of vehicles that move at least partially with the help of electricity is constantly increasing in Romania. Data from the Association of Automobile Manufacturers and Importers (APIA) show that 11.6% of new car purchases in the first four months of this year targeted such cars, up from 5.5% in the same period in 2020.
With the increase in registrations of hybrid cars without plug-in hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and 100% electric (battery electric vehicles – BEV), the percentage of cars with conventional engines decreases . Specifically, if in 2020 63.2% of newly registered cars were powered by gasoline, in 2021 they represent only 62.1%. likewise, the percentage of diesel cars fell from 31.3% ^ last year to 26.2% in 2021.
“As in 2020, when, although there was a significant contraction in car purchases, the” green “ones performed in 2021, which is why they remain in positive territory, increasing by 79.8% compared to the similar period of last year. In this context, it is worth noting the strong growth of plug-in hybrid cars (+ 155.2%) ”, APIA officials note.
More than 3,000 electrified cars were registered in the first four months
APIA data show that between January and April 2021, 501 100% electric cars were registered in Romania, an increase of 59% compared to the 315 registered in circulation in the similar period last year. Most 100% electric cars belonged to the Volkswagen brand (153 units), while Peugeot (56 units) and three BMWs (51 units) ranked 2nd.
The highest growth in this area of the market was recorded by plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars. The 462 units this year correspond to an increase of 155.2% compared to the previous year. The PHEV registration ranking is led by the Mercedes-Benz brand (95 units), followed by Volvo (84 units) and BMW (80 units).
The HEV segment also increased by 74.2% to 2,203 units, mainly thanks to Toyota sales (1,766 units). Hyundai, with an increase of over 900% to 268 units, ranks second in the HEV ranking, followed by Ford with 59 units.
In the context of a decline in the Romanian car market by 14.5% after the first four months of 2021, the 79.8% increase in electrified vehicle registrations is a clear sign that Romanians have understood the importance of reducing vehicle emissions, but also a effect of the disappearance from the market of more and more cars powered strictly by gasoline with high powers or those with diesel engines.