Electric car sales in Europe still small

Electric cars come in different sizes for different ranges Credit: Mariordo CC

Despite the ongoing demand that drivers should be gearing up to buying electric cars, the most recent figures published in Europe for 2022 suggest that there is a long way to go.

The Eurostat figures of number of cars registered by country has been reviewed and compared to the number of electric cars registered by Vignettecroatia.com and whilst Scandinavia and Norway in particular come out top, the figures are still low.

Norway has highest percentage of electric cars

Norway leads the way for electric vehicle use by far, with 20.12 per cent of all registered vehicles (just over 3 million) being electric but moving on to second place the percentage plummets with Denmark second at just 4.02 per cent and Sweden third at 3.97 per cent.

When one looks at the larger countries, the figure for Germany is 2.08 per cent and the UK 1.93 per cent.

Spain is indifferent

In Spain, although there are many councils obtaining electric vehicles for workers and Local Police and with heavy promotion from the Government, the percentage is well below 1 per cent although the Statista global data and business intelligence platform forecasts that this figure will grow dramatically over the coming years.

Readers of Euro Weekly News have already had their say with some 88 per cent who commented indicating that they were opposed to being forced to buy an electric car and want to stay with diesel or petrol, because of the cost and the fact that they don’t believe that they  are significantly more damaging for the planet than electric.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing newsdesk@euroweeklynews.com, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews


    • M

      07 May 2024 • 18:08

      although we should start to consider new ways to travel as fossil fuels are not infinite, the idea that pure electric cars would ever fill the void left by the internal combustion engine is naive.
      There is a place for these vehicles in inner cities and golf courses, in reality the restricted range (drastically reduced when lights air con and/or heating is used), their charging design is restricted by governments wanting a percentage of charging fees. Then there is the batteries very heavy, and expensive to replace (due to cycle depletion) can become a problem when fast charged. try a hybrid first before going fully electric.

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