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ACEA: almost 97% of trucks sold in EU in 2022 were diesel powered

Figures shared by the ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, show that diesel trucks remained the dominant choice for buyers in the European Union last year. Trucks powered by diesel accounted for 96.6% of total new registrations, which is 1.1% higher than the equivalent percentage recorded in 2021.

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According to the ACEA, despite significant growth last year, electrically-chargeable vehicles still made up only 0.6% of the EU truck market. Alternatively-powered vehicles accounted for 2.8% of all trucks sold in the EU.

“Overall in 2022, new diesel trucks registered in the EU1 continued to rise (+3.7%), albeit at a slower pace compared to the previous year. Across the EU, 274,058 units were sold in total, with Central Europe strongly contributing to the region’s performance. Out of the four key Western European markets, France and Germany suffered losses (-3.0% and -2.4% respectively), while Spain and Italy saw improvements (+11.6% and +4.6% respectively),” writes the ACEA.

By contrast, the ACEA figures show that petrol trucks declined by 17.4%, with only 157 units registered across the EU, more than 60% of which were sold in Finland.

Electrically-chargeable truck sales were up +32.8%, with 1,656 units registered, half of which were purchased in Germany (829 units). As a result, the ECV market share expanded from 0.5% in 2021 to 0.6% last year.

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On the other hand, the ACEA notes that the number of hybrid trucks registered across the EU fell by 16.1%, with only 47 units sold in total.

Sales of trucks powered by alternative fuels, such as natural gas, LPG, biofuels and ethanol, also decreased in 2022, accounting for 2.8% of the total market (down from 3.6% in 2021).

With 7,915 trucks registered across the EU, sales of trucks running on alternative fuels contracted by 19.9%. Germany was the main contributor to the region’s negative performance of these trucks, with a decline of 34.2%.

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