ACEA released today the latest data on new vans registered in 2021 in the European Union by fuel type. We see that more than 9 out of ten vans (90.2%) are still diesel-powered. Petrol vans accounted for 3.8%, while full-electric light commercial vehicles record quite a similar percentage (3%), compared to 2% in 2020. Hybrid vans accounted for 1.6% (they were 0.9% in 2020).

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New vans registered in 2021: diesel’s market share slightly decreased

In 2021, demand for diesel vans grew by 6.2% to 1,408,376 units. Despite this increase in sales, diesel’s market share decreased from 92.4% in 2020 to 90.2% in 2021 across the region. The four main EU markets posted mixed results. Italy saw the highest percentage increase (+8.6%), followed by France (+4.0%). Spain and Germany, on the other hand, saw a decrease in demand for diesel (-4.7% and -3.6% respectively). The number of petrol vans registered increased to 58,757 units last year, up 20.5% compared to 2020.

Electrically-chargeable vehicles and alternative fuels

Last year, according to ACEA, sales of new electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECV) – which include both battery electric vans and plug-in hybrids – grew by 63.2% across the EU to reach 46,853 vans sold. This strong double-digit growth resulted in an increase of market share from 2.0% in 2020 to 3.0% in 2021. ECV sales went up by 237.8% in Italy, 55.5% in Spain, 44.9% in Germany and 39.8% in France.

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Registrations of vans running on alternative fuels increased by 10.2% in 2021 to reach 21,340 units sold across the EU. Out of the four big markets, only Germany saw a decrease (-3.2%). Overall, the share of alternative-fuel vehicles in new sales remained stable and accounted for 1.4% of the European market (compared to 1.3% in 2020).


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