Registrations of eco-friendly cars up 46.8pct in Romania, in April this year

New cars registrations increased by 33.2 per cent in Romania, in April 2024, compared to the same period last year, with the “electrified” segment reporting a surge of 46.8% and a market share of 23.5% of the total market, reads data released by the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA) on Monday.

In general terms, new cars registrations increased by 38.3% y-o-y, and by 40.9%, respectively, compared to March 2024.

By type of fuel, gasoline engine and mild hybrid eyed an increase of 29.9pct, in April this year, compared to the same month last year, reaching a share of 64,3pct in the total market.

Also, diesel plus mild hybrid engines recorded an increase of 27.4pct and a share of 12.2pct in the total market.

On the other hand, “green” vehicles, namely electrified ones (100pct and plug-in hybrids), as well as full hybrids (which also have electric propulsion without charging from an external source) held, in April 2024, a market share of 23.5pct, which exceeds by 11.3pct the share held by diesel engines, which also includes mild hybrid diesel engines.

In this margin, full electric cars reached a 5.5pct share of the market, in the reference period, compared to April 2023, when they represented 12.9pct, while plug-in hybrid cars recorded a share of 3.3pct, up 11pct.

According to official statistics, light commercial vehicles and minibuses registered, in April 2024, a 59.2pct increase compared to April 2023, of which light commercial vehicles without minibuses increased by 48.8pct. At the same time, heavy commercial vehicles and buses reported a 113pct increase in registrations, of which heavy commercial vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes plus tractors) without buses had a positive trend of 106pct, and heavy commercial vehicles (over 16 tonnes plus tractors) an increase of 107pct.