100% electric cars take advantage in the battle for the plug


Its market share in Europe reached 11.8% this year, thanks to 8.6% for plug-in hybrids. In Spain, quotas are very low and the tables are turned.

Tesla Model 3, 100% battery powered, m.  Was
Tesla Model 3, 100% battery powered, was the best-selling car in Europe in March

Plug-in hybrid cars (or PHEVs in jargon) are the logical transition to decarbonisation, part of the European industry, And it is that their combustion engine allows them to avoid the inconveniences of the still scarce recharging network because their true autonomy does not depend on the plugs, they are also served by conventional gas stations.

Manufacturers’ association Acea’s figures eliminate logic and/or desire. which means that Spanish factories should pay attention because Manufacturers such as Renault have made it clear that their Spanish production will focus on these models in the coming years.

more than three additional fee points

In the first three months of 2022, 325,285 battery-powered cars were sold in the EU 10% fee and a growth rate of 53%, and 236,991 PHEV vehicles, with a share of 8.9% (each 6.1%). Not only this: If the whole old continent is considered, The gap widens, including markets such as Norway or the United Kingdom: 11.8% share compared to 8.6%.

More data, now from consulting firm Jato Dynamics. In March, the best-selling model in the region was the Tesla Model 3, the electric, It is followed by the Peugeot 208 (also with battery-powered versions) and the Tesla Model Y, in third place.

short wait time

arrival of More and more models, more and more help and incentives to buy and use are on their side More technically complex, than plug-in hybrids [llevan doble propulsin] And therefore, it is also costly to acquire, says Jato.,

It will be necessary to add to the brutal increase in fuel prices and short waiting times, Since manufacturers are interested in selling their battery-powered models, with limited production due to chips and the war in Ukraine. If only for its contribution in reducing CO2 emissions. In this sense, Arval, the rental company of BNP Paribas, disclosed that, In 2021, the period for receiving electricity was reduced by 20%; But for the plug-in hybrid it increased by the same amount. and 40% in petrol or diesel.

Although photography is not homogeneous by countries. Larger quantities correspond to Germany, the United Kingdom or France. But the thing is, eight out of 10 cars sold in Norway since January were battery-powered. In Sweden, 10. about three out of To go down to 4.4 percent in Spain or 3.3 percent in Italy.

Spain, on the tail of Europe

The latter has a lot to do with the recharge network. in particular, the public one, because in Spain it is estimated that even 70% of cars sleep on the road, Without its own socket to connect to.

well, the last Anfac Electromobility Barometer This shows that we are still at the bottom of Europe: in terms of total sales of electrical products; and recharging posts in respect of motorized population, Spain scored 27.5 out of 100, when the European average was 61.2.

The network case is bloody, because If 2021 should have ended with 28,240 public pillars, it did so with 13,411. and 88%, of 22 kWh or less. That is to say, of the slow charge which makes the recharge eternal.

Here, PHEVs Rule

this, coupled with Electricity is still more expensive for a Spaniard than for our richest neighbors; Since PHEVs enjoy the same zero label, This means more battery-powered models (10,451 by 7,253) were sold in Spain in 2022.

And so, President Sanchez’s appeal to VW Group’s battery giant factory presentation in Sagunto last week sounds almost ridiculous: We all have to buy electrics, he said. The story can be implemented by starting with a fleet of official government cars.

The reply came the next day, although it was from an interested party. Repsol president Antonio Brufau reminds him that it should be the citizen, not a politician, who decides whether he wants to buy an electric car. He also regretted that the potential of ecological fuel was not allowed to be tapped.

Elon Musk in delivery of the first cars built in Berlin
Elon Musk in delivery of the first cars built in Berlin

Tesla, above historical brands

North American manufacturer Tesla has a lot to do with the development of the battery-powered car market in Europe in 2022. So, in the month of March, in addition to placing its two models in first and third placeElon Musk-headed company, About 42,000 units registered that month, Beating Skoda, Seat, Nissan, Dacia or all Stelantis brands, Except for Peugeot.

this effect Thin in the quarter’s results, where it comes in at eighteenth, though it is placed in the top ten of nine markets. In addition, the Model 3 is outperformed by 15 other cars that topped Peugeot 208 (51,890 units) is followed by Dacia Sandero (47,491) and VW Golf (46,323 cars). Tesla, by the way, has an important growth factor: its Berlin factory, which already delivered its first vehicles in late March.

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