Cars: 38% of electricity or hybrid sales in 2021

ROM – The car market has not yet emerged from the crisis, but 2021 was a positive year for electric and hybrid cars; according to official data, over 476,000 new vehicles of this type were registered in Italy from January to October, i.e. 38% of the total number of cars sold. A real leap forward, if we consider that at the beginning of the year there were just over 595,000 electric / hybrid cars on the road.

Italians’ growing awareness of green vehicles is also confirmed by the survey commissioned by and for mUp Research and the Norstat institutes, which revealed that almost 7 out of 10 drivers would buy an electric or hybrid car (67, 7%); more specifically, 45.1% would choose a hybrid while 22.6% would choose an electric one.

According to the survey, conducted on a representative sample of the national population, the most likely to buy these cars are young people between 18 and 24 years (79.6%) and motorists living in the northwestern regions (69, 9%).

If we instead look at the sample of those who are against it (11%), it turns out that the percentage is higher among men (13.5%), respondents aged between 35 and 44 years (13.6 %) and residents in the northeast (13.4%). Still many unresolved; more than 1 in 5 drivers (21.3%).

The reasons for yes …

By analyzing the motivations of the more than 23 million Italian motorists willing to buy an electric or hybrid vehicle, it turns out that 74.8% would do it personally to help reduce pollution, a percentage that even reaching 82.9% among those under 25 years of age.

Many, 45.1%, would choose a green car to save on fuel, while 19.8% to have fewer traffic restrictions, for example, could access the Ztl areas as allowed in some Italian cities.

Finally, among the most common reasons for buying a vehicle with a low environmental impact, indicated by almost 1 in 3 drivers, is the fear that diesel and petrol cars will soon no longer be able to circulate.

… and those of no

The study then examined the reasons why more than eleven million Italian motorists have stated their opposition to, or at least are still in doubt about, the purchase of electric and hybrid cars.

The biggest obstacle is the price (68.1%); 43% said they did not want to buy an electric / hybrid car due to the low number of charging points in Italian territory, while 40% said they did not want to buy an electric / hybrid car due to the low range.

The incentives and the expenditure budget

Incentives have played a key role in supporting the sale of electric and hybrid cars. However, it must be said that the Italians seem, at least on paper, to be in favor of buying green cars regardless of the presence of state subsidies.

When asked “if there were no government bonuses, would you still buy an electric or hybrid car?” 69.8% of respondents answered in the affirmative, a percentage reaching 84.3% among those under 25 years of age.

A positive fact which, however, risks colliding with reality and once again with the price of these vehicles, if we take into account that the study showed that Italians for the purchase of an electric or hybrid car are willing to spend an average of 17,969 euros and almost 1 in 2 would not budget more than 15 thousand euros.

Without the help of incentives, it is difficult to find hybrid cars in this price range, a mission that becomes virtually impossible for 100% electric.

Map of electric and hybrid cars in Italy

According to ACI data, at the beginning of the year there were 595,807 electric and hybrid cars registered in the motorization registers, ie 1.50% of the total number. Hybrid cars (542,728) topped the rankings, while electric cars were 53,079.

At the territorial level, the regions with the highest prevalence of green cars were Lombardy (where electric / hybrid cars accounted for 2.49% of the regional car fleet), Trentino-Alto Adige (2.45%) and Emilia-Romagna (2.14%). . Those with lower penetration, on the other hand, were Campania (0.41%), Calabria (0.47%) and Sicily (0.49%).

In absolute values, the national ranking always saw Lombardy in first place (155,299 electric and hybrid cars), this time followed by Lazio (73,847) and Veneto (64,264).

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