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Electric car sales set a new record in 2022, increasing by 28% compared to 2021, with more than 1.1 million vehicles sold, according to data from the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA).

Despite the record market share in the European Union in 2022, the evolution of sales has slowed down slightly.

Battery-powered cars accounted for 12.1% of new car sales over the year, up from 9.1% in 2021 and 1.9% in 2019.


Non-rechargeable hybrids (diesel or gasoline) also continue to conquer the market (+8.6%) and already represent 22.6% of sales, with 2,089,653 cars sold.


Sales of 'plug-in' hybrids, vehicles equipped with a combustion engine and a small electric motor that can be recharged from a socket or terminal, also rose, with 874,182 vehicles sold (+1.2%).


In total, electrified cars (hybrid and 100% electric) have surpassed sales of gasoline cars since the end of 2021: these accounted for 36.4% of sales in 2022 (-12.8%), with around 3 .3 million vehicles sold).


ACEA estimates that car sales in the European Union will grow by 5% in 2023 in year-on-year terms, to 9.8 million, but still below pre-covid-19 pandemic figures.


"Despite the many uncertainties that lie ahead, the market should start to recover in 2023", said the director general of ACEA, Sigrid de Vries, at a press conference cited by the agency France-Presse (AFP), noting that in 2022 the sales were 9.3 million units -- 10.4% lower than in 2021 and the lowest value in 30 years.