In the European Union, sales of new electric cars in the first three months of 2020 have doubled compared to a year earlier. The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reports this on Tuesday.

While the demand for cars on the whole was hit hard by the corona crisis, the electric cars were more in demand. 167,132 electric models were sold, compared to 83,281 in the first quarter of 2019.

The market share of electric rechargeable cars in the EU has increased to 6.8 percent of sales. In the first quarter of 2019, this was still 2.5 percent. Petrol cars shrank their market share from almost 58 to over 53 percent, and diesel models from over 33 to just under 30 percent.

In the Netherlands there was also an increase in electric sales, but the figures were less impressive. In the first quarter of 2019, more than ten thousand models were sold, and in the same period this year, there were almost twelve thousand.

However, our sales of new diesels nearly halved, to 5,468 this year. New petrol cars were sold 15 percent less.