210,298 fully electric cars were registered in the EU in the past quarter, an increase of 231.6 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.

As a result, the market share of fully electric cars in total sales jumps from 3.5 to 7.5 percent, according to the trade association ACEA.

Fully electric cars were particularly popular in Spain and Germany, where registrations were 372.1 and 357 percent higher, respectively, compared to the second quarter of last year.

Sales of plug-in hybrid cars were also on the rise.

Of such vehicles, which can drive on average 30 to 50 kilometers in fully electric vehicles before the fuel engine kicks in, 235,730 were registered, a plus of 255.8 percent.

Such cars were particularly popular in Italy last quarter, where sales were 659.3 percent higher.

In the EU, these plug-in cars now have a market share of 8.4 percent.

The best-selling all-electric car in the EU is the Tesla Model 3, the most popular plug-in is the Volvo XC40, although it feels the hot breath of the Ford Kuga on its neck.

The number of regular hybrid cars registered in the second quarter tripled to 541,162 units, representing a 19.3 percent share of total sales.

It also means that more than 35 percent of all new passenger cars sold in the EU in the past quarter had some form of electric drive.

The share of petrol cars amounted to 41.8 percent, that of diesels at 20.4 percent.

A year earlier, these percentages were 51.9 and 29.4 percent respectively.

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