Why Are Electric Vehicle Numbers Down in European Union?

Adam Carter

New Car Registrations Up in EU But Market Share Declines

Despite a surge in new car registrations in January across the European market, the share of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) took a hit, declining to its lowest level since January 2023. According to data from JATO Dynamics, covering 28 European markets, a total of 1,011,281 new passenger cars were registered in January 2024, marking an 11% increase compared to the same period last year. The growth was largely propelled by the rising demand for electric cars and plug-in hybrids.

BEV By The Numbers

The volume of new electric vehicles rose by 29% compared to January 2023. However, their market share decreased to just 12% in January 2024, the lowest level since January 2023. Industry analysts speculate that a lack of affordable models and regulatory uncertainty continue to impact mass adoption across Europe. This is despite the sustained interest in electric vehicles.

The Tesla Model Y played a pivotal role in Tesla leading the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) market — capturing 15% of the share (up from 10% in January 2023). The Model Y’s performance surpassed the combined volume registrations of all BMW models, the second-ranking brand.

t/f Summary: What’s Next

The EU’s BEV market is experiencing changes as consumer interests shift. This is a trend seen across other markets as well (Americas, Middle East, Africa). More regulatory incentives, more affordable models, and wider charging availability may help boost sales throughout these markets.

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By Adam Carter “TF Enthusiast”
Adam Carter is a staff writer for TechFyle's TF Sources. He's crafted as a tech enthusiast with a background in engineering and journalism, blending technical know-how with a flair for communication. Adam holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked in various tech startups, giving him first-hand experience with the latest gadgets and technologies. Transitioning into tech journalism, he developed a knack for breaking down complex tech concepts into understandable insights for a broader audience.
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