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Electric vehicle demand sees sharp rise in Europe

The data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) shows that for the first three months of the year, AFV totalled 144,421 units – up 28.8%.

Registrations of electric vehicles (EVs) more than doubled, rising from 11,304 units in Q1 2014 to 24,630 units in Q1 2015 (+117.9%).

Demand for new hybrid cars also increased (+21.4%), totalling 56,704 units in the first three months of the year. 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%).

However, the biggest rises were seen in the Czech Republic (+151.6), Hungary (115.6%), Poland (103.1%) Denmark (88.9%), Spain (96.0%) and Austria (59.9%).

Among the EFTA countries, the Norwegian market grew by 32.7%, reaching 10,901 units.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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