The sale of electric cars and hybrid cars rose by about one-fifth this year in Romania even as car sales tumbled by one fourth hit by the effects of the pandemic and stricter vehicle emission laws.
Overall, 6.7% of all cars purchased in Romania were electric or hybrid in the first 11 months of the years compared to a 4.1% in the same period last year, Profit.ro reported.
Romanians bought 7,345 units in the first eleven months of 2020, the publication said.
Fully electric cars sales rose by 60% from January to November this year, while plug-in hybrid sales soared by 129%.
Less popular were the full hybrid-cars that can’t be charged, which only registered a tiny growth.
Renault-Dacia launches it’s much-vaunted low-cost electric car Dacia Spring in 2021 which will likely boost electric car sales even more.
Renault will produce the new model, which is promoted as the cheapest in Europe, in China in a factory owned by EGT New Energy Automotive, a joint venture between Dongfeng, Renault, and Nissan.
In a bid to encourage a zero-emission future for Romania, Romanian lawmakers in November submitted a bill to introduce green number plates for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Under the proposal, electric cars would have green letters and numbers while hybrid cars would retain the black script. The number plates on both hybrid and electric cars would have a green reflection.