Sales of electrically powered cars (all-electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrids) rose 69,8 percent in the first five months of this year to 53.991 vehicles. The demand for plug-in cars (full EVs) even more than doubled in May to 3.360 units (1.401 in May 2020). Last month, 8.399 hybrid and plug-in hybrids were registered, more than a threefold increase, according to the latest figures from the RAI Association. In total, 10.277 fully electric cars were sold in the period January to May, a fraction less than in the comparable period a year ago. However, the number of hybrid and plug-in hybrids registered increased by more than a factor of two to 43.714 units through May.


Increase in EV addition 2022

According to the RAI Association, in the first months of this year, many EVs were sold that were still registered in 2020 and that could therefore still benefit from the lower addition of 8 percent. Since the beginning of this year, an addition of 12 percent has been applied to business drivers of an EV and without a change in policy, this rate will go to 16 percent next year. The RAI Association expects that with an addition of 16 percent, many business drivers will no longer opt for an EV, but switch to a petrol or diesel variant.

Future car taxes

This is a development that is at odds with the greening of (car) mobility and achieving the climate objectives. That's why has RAI Association, together with ANWB, BOVAG, VNA and Natuur & Milieu, recently presented an alternative car tax plan. This calls for, among other things, to maintain the current 12 percent in 2022, to ensure that the EV market has an extra incentive to continue the transition, to reduce CO2 emissions and to achieve a stable and predictable car tax system. .

Hybrid's great alternative

Figures from RDC show that a total of 310.598 plug-in cars drove around in our country in May this year, of which 194.921 were fully electric and 115.677 plug-in hybrids. The share of hybrids and plug-in hybrids in new sales is currently around 34 percent, compared to more than 15 percent in the first five months of 2020, according to the RAI Association.

“Fully electric cars are by no means accessible to everyone due to their higher purchase price. It is precisely by also focusing on this category that it becomes attractive and possible for a wider group of people to save CO2 and achieve the climate goals faster.”

Huub Dubbelman, chairman of the Passenger Cars and Light Commercial Vehicles section.
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