EVs get European traction
Electrically-chargeable vehicles were responsible for 1.6% of all cars sold in the EU during the third quarter. Registrations of battery, hybrid and plug-in electric cars accounted for the highest growth, with sales up 60.9%, 59.7%, and 53.2%, respectively. Demand for new LPG-fuelled cars spiked 38.1% compared to the same period last year, and registrations of cars powered by natural gas were up 12.9%, reports Acea.
The European Commission has announced that is investing €800 million to finance projects aimed at improving infrastructure for cars using alternative fuels. The Commission says better infrastructure, which for EVs means providing more charging points, should help reduce drivers’ range fear'.
Last week, Ionity, a grouping including BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW, announced it was rolling out a pan-European network of 400 fast-charging stations for EVs by 2020,