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.