The Citroën ë-C4 has been the best-selling electric car in May: hybrids continue to drive sales

The market continues to suffer the serious consequences of the lack of supplies. During the month of May, registrations in Spain closed with 10.9% less operations completed, thus chaining several months of free fall, with a total of 318,487 registered units. The lack of vehicles puts dealers in a bind, having little to offer customers. The summer season has always been one of the most important when it comes to car sales, but this year, as in the previous two, the picture has changed.

However, if we look at the electrified segments of the market we discover positive values, growing all categories, from hybrids to electric through plug-in hybrids. They are the only market segment that does not fall, having signed a total of 32,465 units sold during the past month of May., which represents a market share above 36.94%. In the first five months of 2022, the increase in sales is 45% compared to last year, with a total of 94,217 units registered.

Once again, hybrids are the preferred alternative for drivers. Although conventional thermal models continue to represent the largest percentage of the automobile fleet, their figures continue to fall, 24% gasoline and 29% diesel. Soon it is estimated that the registrations of alternative vehicles will exceed that of gasoline vehicles, barely separated by just over 3,000 units.

Market shares by car types.
Market shares by car types.

By segments, hybrids continue with their great conquest of the market. According to data published by ANFAC (National Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers), sales of hybrid vehicles grew by 11% in May. The 25,211 registered units represent a 25.7% market share, a 24.53% share in the annual accumulated. Once again the Toyota Corolla rises to first place in sales (2,148 units), followed by the FIAT 500 (1,897 units) and the Toyota C-HR (1,747 units).

As for plug-in hybrids, sales have also grown by 8.3% in the month of May, reaching 4,833 registered units, which represents a 4.93% market share. In the annual balance, total sales amount to 19,701 units (5.25% share), which is 36.6% more than during the same period of 2021. By sales volume, the best-selling model has been the Peugeot 3008 (375 units), followed by the Citroën C5 Aircross (237 units) and the Jeep Renegade (212 units).

The FIAT 500 was the second best-selling electric car in May.

Coming to pure electrics, the balance is still very positive. With a total of 2,421 units sold in the month of May, they represent a growth of 12.6%. compared to the same period in 2021. The year-on-year market share reaches 3.5% with a total of 13,169 units registered. In the past month the most popular model has been the Citroën ë-C4 (154 units), followed by the FIAT 500 (127 units) and the MINI Cooper SE (120 units).

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