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Sales of electric cars nearly doubled in the EU during 2019

More than 290,000 electric cars were sold in the European Union last year, in a near doubling of 2018 figures, industry data showed on Thursday.

More than 290,000 electric cars were sold in the European Union last year, in a near doubling of 2018 figures, industry data showed on Thursday.

Sales rose year-on-year by 93.8 per cent to 290,923 units, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said in a statement.

The Netherlands, with 67,695 sold, and Germany, with 63,491, were the biggest national markets for electric cars.

ACEA also reported a near 50-per-cent increase in hybrid car sales, to 465,026 units, and a 13.9-per-cent increase for plug-in hybrids, to 174,103 units.

Alternatively powered vehicles – a definition that includes cars running on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas – accounted for 10.7 per cent of the total EU car market in 2019, up from 7.5 per cent in 2018.

Meanwhile, sales of diesel cars slumped by 13.9 per cent to 4.65 million units, and their market share declined by more than five percentage points to 30.5 per cent.

Petrol cars remained by far the most popular in the EU, with sales rising 5.2 per cent to 8,96 million units and a market share up by more than two percentage points to 58.9 per cent.

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