Germany spurns diesel, petrol cars to become biggest EV market in Europe

The DrivenGermany is nowthe biggest buyer of electric vehicles in Europe, surpassing previous marketleader Norway in raw numbers – if not market share – while the sale of newdiesel and petrol vehicle fall.The nation saw a massive 60% increase in newsales of both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electricvehicles (PHEVs) in 2019 compared to 2018, with 109,000 sales to 68,000 a yearearlier.The increase in EV sales in Germany was reflected in the overallEuropean market, which saw a 45% increase according to European AutomobileManufacturers Association (ACEA) figures.The surge in electric vehicle salesbrings Europe’s average market share of electrics to new vehicle sales to3.53%, and comes overall passenger car registrations fall across Europe – down 7.5% in 2019 compared to 2018.That picture is beingreflected in Australia, where the overall auto market is in a 21 month decline– except for EV sales which are on the rise, albeit from a much smaller basethan in Europe.