All alternatively-powered vehicles combined accounted for 15.0% of the EU bus market in 2019, with electrically-chargeable vehicles making up 4.0% of total new bus registrations, according to ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association).
Last year, registrations of new electric buses (full battery electric vehicles, fuel‐cell electric vehicles, extended‐range vehicles and plug‐in hybrids) in the EU increased by 170.5% from 594 units in 2018 to 1,607 buses sold in 2019. Electrically-chargeable vehicles accounted for 4.0% of total EU bus sales, according to this new survey.
The Netherlands was the biggest market for these vehicles with 381 electric buses registered last year, followed by France (285) and Germany (187). Together, these three countries accounted for more than half of all electrically-chargeable busses sold last year.
Hybrid buses concentrated in six countries
Overall in 2019, 1,918 hybrid buses were registered across the European Union, or 59.7% more than the year before. These hybrid electric vehicles held a market share of 4.8%. However, nearly all registrations were concentrated in just six countries: Germany (454 units), Spain (427), Belgium (371), Italy (255), France (210) and the Netherlands (125). By contrast, no hybrid electric buses were registered at all in 13 EU countries in 2019.
6.2% of all new buses sold in the EU last year ran on alternative fuels (natural gas, biofuels…), representing an increase of 67.9% to 2,504 registrations – nearly all of them being powered by natural gas. France (585 units), Spain (463), Italy (303) and Sweden (284) were the largest EU markets for natural gas buses, the latter also recording the highest percentage increase across the region (+283.8%).