Romanians bought 1,500 new electric cars last year, more than double the previous year, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association says.
Last year, 291,000 electric cars were registered in Europe, ACEA said, compared to 150,000 in 2018.
The surge comes as petrol prices increased by 5% while diesel dropped by 14% across Europe.
Still, almost 60% of all new cars registered in the European Union ran on petrol (58.9%, compared to 56.6% in 2018), while diesel accounted for 30.5% of registrations (35.9% in 2018), the association reported Thursday.
The fuel types of new cars were: petrol +11.9%, diesel -3.7%, electric +81.3% in fourth quarter of 2019.
Last year, 3.1% of new passenger cars in the EU were electrically-chargeable vehicles (one percentage point more than in 2018). All alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) combined held a market share of 13.2%.
The Netherlands had the highest number of electric cars for any country last year, 67,000 new purchases, followed by Germany with 63,000.
Dutch motorists bought Tesla Model 3 and Model S, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf and BMWi3.
Hungary has 1,800 electric cars, while Bulgaria has just 181. In Austria, there are 9,200, and Poland registered 1,500, the same as Romania.
Electric car ownership grew three-fold in Denmark, while in Ireland it was up by 179%.
Norwegians bought 60,000 electric cars in 2019 and 46,000 the previous year.
Petrol cars remain king across Europe, with 8.9 million cars registered last year. Romania registered 107,000. Most petrol cars were sold in Germany, a total of 2.13 million units.
Norway is moving away from petrol cars. Just 10,000 were sold last year, 31% less than in 2018.
Diesel car sales are falling all over Europe, except in Germany where there was a growth of 4% last year.