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Sales of electric cars in Spain: March 2023

Last March the electric car sales in Spain have continued their slow but unstoppable growth in our country. This despite the sticks in the wheels that an administration totally incapable of implementing promotional measures puts in place, and where the electricians elbow their way as best they can.

According to data from the Business Association for the Development and Promotion of Electric Mobility (AEDIVE) and the National Association of Vehicle Sellers (GANVAM), in March the registrations of electrified vehicles (100% electric + plug-in hybrids) of all types (cars , two wheels, commercial and industrial) in March registered a rise of 48.3%, reaching 12,491 units, closing a first quarter where sales grew by 35.1%, reaching 31,290 units.

Regarding electric cars, registrations in March they reached a total of 4,656 unitsor 47.5% more than last year, while 11,551 units were registered in the quarter, or 54.5% more year-on-year.

For their part, sales of electric vans have once again grown strongly, shooting up 135.7% in the first quarter, reaching 1,897 units sold. During the past month, its sales increased by 288%, with a total of 842 units. For their part, plug-in hybrid models registered an increase of 41.3% during the first quarter, reaching 14,936 units.

Another news is the practice death of diesel The former queen of sales has entered a negative spiral and in March it barely represented 14.2% of sales. A difference that has been partially absorbed by electric cars and plug-in hybrids, which account for 4.7 and 5.9% of sales, but above all by gasoline and conventional hybrids, which represent 45 and 29% of total sales in Spain.

Share of car sales in Spain: March 2023

  1. Gasoline: 45%
  2. Hybrids: 29%
  3. Diesel: 14.2%
  4. Plug-in hybrids: 5.9%
  5. Pure electrics: 4.7%
  6. Gas: 2%

Sales of electric cars in Spain: models

By models, the Tesla Model Y is dominating electric car sales in Spain with an iron hand.

Last March, the American SUV managed to deliver a total of 796 units in our country, 423% more than last year, which together with the 201 units delivered by the Model 3, allows the American manufacturer to get the 19.4% of the electric car market in Spain in March.

Behind the Model Y we find the Citroën ë-C4. The model made in Spain has slipped into the second position with its 236 units, which also means boosting its sales in the month by 236%. An electric C4 that accompanies the FIAT 500 in the Top 3, which has managed to close another excellent month with 216 units, 45.9% more than last year.

From behind highlight a MG 4 which maintains its figures with 204 registered units, which means marking an almost flat line in terms of records for the Chinese model. Something that tells us that despite the strong demand, there must be some problem with the production capacity since MG is unable to exceed 200-odd units per month.

Deliveries MG 4:

  • December: 118 units
  • January: 130 units
  • February: 254 units
  • March: 204 units

This tells us that if SAIC manages to ramp up production capacity for the MG 4, we’ll see even more interesting sales figures for the remainder of the year.

By brands, we see how, in addition to Teslawith 1,048 units in March, the good figures of Stellantis, which places three brands in the Top 5, Citroen, Peugeot and FIAT. A high part that completes MG, and where we do not find Volkswagen or the Hyundai/KIA group, which go down and lose steam.

also striking Opel’s bad performance, which fails to capitalize on its product, and neither the Corsa-e nor the Mokka-e achieve minimum sales figures, placing the brand in the sales queue. Something even more curious if we see how his sister Peugeot if it manages to get a good performance, placing itself in the third position of sales in the accumulated of the year.

Another of the great milestones, not by number but by its symbolism, has been the registration of 53 100% electric buses in Spain. An absolute record, to which could be added 6 more hydrogen, a technology that is struggling to survive in this segment. There are already 114 electric buses registered in 2023.


The impression with these numbers is that Spain is progressing very slowly in the implementation of the electric car. Much slower than our nearest neighbors, such as Francewhere in March only pure electric cars have occupied the 16.8% of total car sales. 25.4% if we add plug-in hybrids. Something that tells us that one in four cars sold in France have a power outlet to charge their batteries.

In Portugal in February the figure was also 16%, but expectations are that in March the figure will exceed 20%, with some forecasts that the final figure will be close to 30%. That only the 100% electric models.

But why is Spain trailing behind Europe? The answer is not simple, since we could say that it is for an economic question. But the figures for markets such as Portugal and even others such as Bulgaria or Romania, above 10%, dismantle this aspect.

Perhaps one of the reasons is the enormous amount of misinformation that exists, and that people consume with great ease, which makes the perception of electric cars more negative than in other markets.

It doesn’t help either the shameful attitude of the governmentwhich has designed aid plans that only slow down implementation, and which has allowed electricity companies to freeze the expansion of charging networks, keeping some stations waiting for connection for years.

Sources | ValdesL2 | aedive

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