‘Diesel powerhouse’ sales reverse for first time in Europe

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Between January and April, sales of electric cars were ahead of 9,000 units… Strengthening environmental regulations, etc.

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Lim Ki-chang = In Europe, which has decided to completely ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035, sales of electric vehicles have surpassed diesel cars (diesel).

a diesel car being refuelled

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According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) on the 4th, sales of electric vehicles in 30 European countries from January to April this year were 559,733 units, more than sales of diesel vehicles (550,391 units) during the same period of almost 10,000 units, taking the lead for the first time.

Compared to the same period last year, electric vehicles jumped 36.5% from 409,971 units, while diesel vehicles fell 0.5% from 553,029 units.

From January to April this year, 124,476 units of electric cars were sold in Germany, the largest market in Europe, up 17.6% from the previous year, recording the highest sales. It was followed by sales of 96,752 units in the UK, up 25.5% on the previous year, and 81,972 units in France, up 45.9%.

In the European market, the home of diesel engines, diesel cars accounted for a large share until the 2010s. Low fuel cost compared to gasoline, high fuel efficiency, and engine performance were the strengths of diesel cars. In 2019, just four years ago, the number of diesel cars sold in Europe was 4,798,390 units, showing an overwhelming advantage, reaching 13 times more than electric cars (360,164 units).

However, as European countries strengthened automobile-related environmental regulations to achieve carbon-neutral goals, and the European automobile industry also accelerated the transition to electrification, diesel vehicles began to give way to electric vehicles.

Previously, in 2015, it was revealed that European automakers were handling the amount of harmful emissions, such as nitrogen oxide (NOx), which is considered the biggest disadvantage of diesel vehicles, and the reliability was greatly shaken.

Regulations from European authorities are increasingly unfavorable to diesel vehicles.

The European Commission (EU) is promoting a plan to apply the ‘Euro 7’ standard, which further strengthens the limits on harmful gas emissions from motor vehicles, from July 2025.

The ACEA recently estimated that internal combustion engine passenger cars and vans would have a direct cost of 1,862 euros (about 2.6 million won) per unit for Euro 7 compliance. In the industry, there is also analysis that it is more efficiently increasing the speed of conversion to electric or hybrid vehicles rather than spending money to respond to Euro 7 by producing diesel vehicles.

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In April, Hyundai Motor Company surpassed 500,000 cumulative sales in 9 years after entering the European electric vehicle market.[005380]and hunger[000270]It is also continuously striving to expand its market share in Europe.

Kia, which successfully imprinted its electric vehicle brand image in Europe with its EV6 mid-sized electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), recently unveiled the European strategic model of the EV9 large electric SUV in earnest to expand its electric lineup.

Hyundai Motor Company will also launch the new Kona Electric in the European market in the second half of this year. The Kona Electric is a popular model that accounts for around 30% of Hyundai Motor and Kia’s accumulated electric car sales in Europe (around 500,000 units).

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