The number of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars sold last year in Romania was 4,572, up 65.7% compared to 2017, according to statistics from the Association of Automobile Producers and Importers (APIA).

Of the total, 3,585 units were hybrid vehicles, 59.8% more compared to the same period of the previous year, 682 were 100% electric (+102.4 %) and 305 were plug-ins (+ 72.3%), reported.

The share of new green passenger cars in total sales at the national level was 2.9% in 2018, while in the same period in 2017, the share was 2.1%.

APIA data showed that in the top of 100% electric cars, Volkswagen holds the first place with 175 units, followed by BMW (148), Renault (119), Smart (116), Kia (59), Nissan (54), other brands (10) and Mercedes Benz (1). At the same time, most hybrid cars sold in Romania during the period were from Toyota (3,198 units), Lexus (147), Ford (65), Kia (62), Hyundai (58), Suzuki 34), Mercedes Benz (20) and Land Rover (1).

Volkswagen also led plug-in of sales – with 82 units sold, followed by Volvo (45 units ), BMW (44), Mitsubishi (41), Porsche (33), Mercedes Benz (30), Mini (13), Audi (9) and Land Rover (8).

In mid-March 2018, the environment ministry launched a new round of subsidies for those who want to buy a green car. The ministry estimated at the time Romanians would buy 2,000 electric cars through this programme.

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