ACEA released the data regarding new medium- and heavy-duty trucks registered in 2021 in the European Union. These show that diesel is still by far the preferred choice for those who need to buy a truck in the EU, as 95.8% of the overall registrations are referred to diesel fuel, slightly decreasing compared to 2020, when the percentage was 96.5%. Electrically-chargeable vehicles made up 0.5% of new truck sales across the region (up from 0.4%), while alternative-fuel vehicles held a market share of 3.6% (compared to 3.0% in 2020). In order to have a complete picture of the commercial vehicle sector, here are the data about light commercial vehicle registrations by fuel in 2021.

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New diesel trucks registered in 2021: +13.6%

Last year, registrations of new diesel trucks in the EU increased by 13.6% to reach 255,099 units. With the exception of Cyprus, all EU markets posted growth, including the major ones in Western Europe: Italy (+21.9%), Spain (+7.1%), France (+4.9%) and Germany (+4.8%). In Central Europe nearly all countries saw double-digit gains. Poland was the third biggest market for diesel trucks in the EU, as sales increased by 56.4% to 30,827 units. By contrast, only 190 petrol trucks were sold across the EU last year, a drop of 9.5% compared to 2020.

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As for alternatively-powered vehicles (APV), registrations of new electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECV) grew by 26.6%, going from 982 units in 2020 to 1,243 electric trucks in 2021. Looking at the major EU markets, Spain recorded the strongest growth (+137.5%), followed by France (+88.5%), while sales remained stable in Italy. The share of ECVs in new truck sales increased from 0.4% in 2020 to 0.5% last year. Registrations of new hybrid electric (HEV) trucks in the EU saw a significant decrease, with sales falling by 55.9% to 67 units.

Alternative fuels, which include natural gas, LPG, biofuels and ethanol, accounted for the vast majority of alternatively-powered trucks sold across the EU in 2021, with a total market share of 3.6% (up from 3.0% in 2020). Demand increased by 40.7% across the region, totalling 9,688 units sold last year. The main markets for alternative-fuel trucks were Germany (2,258 units; +37.5%), France (1,858; +20.0%) and Poland (1,596; +119.2%).


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