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News article9 May 2024

EAFO March 2024 Update: Sweden, Germany, and Poland

Poland 2024 March

Sweden: Slowing Growth in Electric Vehicle Registrations

The Swedish electric vehicle (EV) market shows signs of slowing growth, with the total fleet of plug-in vehicles surpassing 600,000 units by the end of March 2024. However, new registrations of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have decelerated significantly, with a 26% decrease in growth rate compared to Q1 2023. In contrast, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) saw a 6% increase, while light electric trucks experienced a remarkable 44% growth. The charging infrastructure has expanded considerably, with a 126% increase in charging points compared to the same period in 2023.

Source: Power Circle (Link)

Poland: Steady Increase in Electric Vehicle Fleet

Poland's electric vehicle market continues to grow steadily, with 62,629 passenger and commercial BEVs registered by the end of March 2024. The total number of electric passenger cars reached 108,331 units, including 56,270 BEVs and 52,061 PHEVs. The fleet of electric mopeds, motorcycles, and zero-emission buses also saw significant growth. Public charging infrastructure is developing in parallel, with 6,490 publicly available charging points, 28% of which are fast DC chargers. Despite this progress, industry leaders highlight the need for further investments to meet regulatory requirements and support ongoing growth.

Source: PSNM (Link)

Germany: Diverse Trends in EV Registrations

The German new-car market saw a resurgence in April 2024, with an overall growth of 19.8% year-on-year. However, BEV registrations remained stagnant, decreasing by 0.2% compared to April 2023. In contrast, PHEVs experienced a substantial increase, with a 28.4% rise in registrations. Hybrid vehicles also saw significant growth, up 25.9%, while diesel and petrol vehicles continued to recover, posting 28.2% and 18.6% increases, respectively. The market share for BEVs declined to 11.8% in the first four months of 2024, reflecting a crisis of confidence following the removal of private incentives.

Source: KBA

Conclusion

The European electric vehicle market presents a mixed picture across different countries. Sweden's growth in EV registrations is slowing, Poland is experiencing steady increases, and Germany is witnessing diverse trends across different powertrains. Continued investment in charging infrastructure and supportive policies will be crucial in sustaining the growth of the electric vehicle market across Europe.

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