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Number of electric car registrations in Italy 2015-2019

Despite coming from a very low base, the number of electric cars in Italy continued its positive trend to exceed 10,500 new registrations in 2019. The same positive trend can be noticed with other alternative types, such as hybrid vehicles, specifically petrol-electric and diesel-electric vehicles. In total, new registrations of hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and range extenders reached 116,327 units in 2019.

Electric cars gain market share

Recent climate change and environmental debates paved the way for tough environmental regulations in European markets, including Italy. Here, electric vehicle sales more than doubled between 2018 and 2019, and the percentage of cars with electric propulsion increased from around 0.1 percent in 2015 to about 0.5 percent in 2019.

Perceived disadvantages of electric cars

Although electric cars may be seen as a part of a possible solution for mitigating air pollution, Italians reported some concerns against electric cars in a survey. Some of the mentioned disadvantages of electric cars concerned possible difficulties in finding a recharging point and the fear of running out of power. Only 11.3 percent of the respondents stated that electric cars do not have any disadvantages.

Annual number of electric car registrations in Italy from 2015 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The values for 2015 through 2017 were taken from previous editions.

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