The European sale of electric cars increased by 20.2% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to the third quarter of 2015. Almost three times more electric cars were sold in Belgium, an increase of 161.7% and the biggest growth of any European country.
In total, 35,237 electric cars were sold in Europe this year, 6,000 more than in the same quarter of the previous year. Moreover, the market of alternative fuel vehicles increased by 7% to 137,423 cars sold in the third quarter of 2016.
An increase of 161.7% for electric cars in Belgium
Belgium is catching up, as the sale of electric cars increased between the third quarter of 2015 and that of 2016 by a staggering 161.7%, from 812 to 2,125 cars. As well, 171.5% more alternative fuel vehicles were sold. The bonuses granted by the government to Belgians who buy an electric car have clearly had an effect on the purchasing decision of Belgians.
If consider all alternative fuel vehicles, 4,833 were sold in Belgium, compared to 2,466 during the third quarter of 2015, which is an increase of 96%.
If you would like to read the full sales figures, read ‘New passenger car registration by alternative fuel type in the European Union’ of the ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. What stands out most is that the major growth in Belgium can be explained in part by relatively small amounts. Countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, France, the United Kingdom and Germany have a higher sale of green cars in absolute figures and for a longer period.