Rise of alternatively-powered vehicles raises environmental questions

Figures released today by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show that diesel demand has dropped across Europe, while the number of alternatively powered vehicles has risen.

Across the EU, there were 3.7% fewer diesel cars registered in the last quarter of 2019 compared to the same period 2018. Meanwhile, demand for alternatively-powered vehicles, including electric, ethanol and liquid natural gas powered vehicles, increased by 66.2% in the same period. 

The breakdown suggests new electric-chargeable vehicles were the main drivers of the growth. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) registration increased 81.3% in the last quarter of the year, making up 3.1% of new cars in 2019.

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