During the first three months of the year, 46,146 new vehicles running on diesel were registered in Belgium. This represents a decrease of 25.9% in relation to the first quarter of 2018, according to figures published on Wednesday by ACEA, the European car manufacturers’ lobbying and standards body. In the European Union, the decrease in the number of new diesel vehicle registrations was 17.9% or about 1.29 million units.
The share of new diesel vehicles registered in the first quarter was 32.2% in the EU, a decrease of 6 percentage points compared to the same period the previous year. Petrol vehicles represented 59.3% of new registrations, against 55.5% a year earlier.
Electric vehicle registrations grew by 84%, with 61,789 newly registered, which now represents 2.5% of new vehicle stock on the road. It rose by 140% in Belgium, which means 2,196 new electric vehicles on our roads.
With the exception of Germany, the demand for petrol vehicles increased in the five biggest European markets, led by Italy (+21.6%). There was a move away from diesel vehicles more or less everywhere, with the exception of Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.