The percentage of battery-electric vehicles among new registrations in Europe increased to 9.9 percent from 7.5 percent a year ago, according to figures released on Wednesday, while fossil-fuel powered automobiles lost market share and overall sales fell.
In absolute terms, about 650,000 more battery-electric vehicles were sold in Europe in the first six months of this year than in the same time last year, according to the figures.
Diesel sales were down by a third, while petrol sales were down by a fifth.
Nonetheless, petrol and diesel automobiles accounted for 55.8 percent of new registrations in the second quarter.
Two-fifths of new vehicles sold were electric, with hybrids, which outsold diesel cars for the first time in 2021, being the most popular with a market share of 22.6 percent.
According to ACEA figures issued earlier this week, Europe registered the fewest new passenger cars in June since 1996, with just over 1.06 million vehicles registered, as challenges ranging from logistical bottlenecks to an ongoing chip shortage curtailed output.