How electric cars do in Italy (and which are the best-selling)

In January 2022, 9,223 electric cars were registered in Italy. All data and best-selling models

In January 2022, 9,223 electric cars were registered in Italy, including pure battery vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). Compared to the same month the year before, the growth was 47.5 percent.

The data is provided by MOTUS-E, the association that brings together the operators of the Italian electric mobility chain.

AS THEY GET CLEAN AND HYBRID

Specifically, 3,651 pure electric cars were registered (+46 percent compared to January 2021) and 5,572 plug-in hybrids (57.5 percent) in January last year.

MARKET SHARE

Overall, the market share of electric cars in January was 8.5 percent of the total number of registered vehicles, almost doubling compared to that recorded in January 2021 (4.6 percent), but much lower compared to the figures in the last quarter of last year (over 12 per cent).

HOW MANY ELECTRIC CARS ARE IN ITALY IN 2022

In January 2022, there were 244,944 electric cars in circulation in Italy: 127,789 are clean, battery-powered and 119,155 are plug-in hybrids.

DATA IN A GRAPH

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COMPARISON WITH DECEMBER 2021

If the comparison with January 2021 is positive, the comparison with last month last year instead shows a marked decrease in the registrations for all types of electric cars: MOTUS-E speaks of -22.3 percent, corresponding to 2610 fewer vehicles sold. Specifically, plug-in hybrids are stable, while slowing down the clean ones more significantly.

BECAUSE HYBRID PEOPLE BETTER

While plug-in hybrids remain registered despite the lack of purchase incentives, pure electric cars are showing greater fatigue. “Probably,” explains the association, “it’s also due to an increased supply of BEVs [elettriche pure, ndr] in December since the models full electric they contribute more to achieving the CO2 emission targets that housing must meet at European level “.

MARKET DOWN

In January 2022, there was an overall decline in car sales compared to January 2021: 108,132 units against 134,465, 19.5 percent less.

“This is a sign,” notes MOTUS-E, “that many citizens are still living in the uncertainty of choosing the vehicle to buy and that the market has not recovered: the effects of the pandemic are still being seen, certainly in delivery delays, but also in the lack of liquidity of citizens and in the indecision about the cars to be bought, however, we have to ask ourselves when, in the absence of incentives to buy or inhibitory measures to circulate old-fashioned vehicles, we will return to registrations that exceeds 1.85 million as of 2019.

THE BEST SELLING ELECTRIC CARS IN JANUARY 2022

The best-selling pure electric car in Italy in January 2022 was the Dacia Spring with 656 units. Followed by the Fiat 500e (which dominated 2021) with 548 units and in third place the Renault Twingo with 298.

Fourth and fifth places in the rankings are occupied by smart fortwo (230) and Renault Zoe (221).

The best-selling plug-in hybrids last month are the Jeep Compass (1131 units), Jeep Renegade (537) and BMW X1 (419).

Sales are mainly concentrated in the Northeast and Northwest.

COMPARISON WITH EUROPE

Germany is the European country with the largest number of electric vehicles registered in 2021 (682,077 units). In second place is the United Kingdom (305,281 units) and in third place is France (303,168). Italy is in fourth place with a total of 136,754 registered electric vehicles.

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