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Dataforce expands forecast by fuel types

Frankfurt, 05.07.21

The electrification of the European passenger car market is becoming increasingly important in sales and product planning. To provide extra market insight, Dataforce will offer new registration forecasts by fuel type in addition to the existing market segment forecasts from the end of July 2021. 


What drives the European fuel type mix in the next five years?

A decade after the first mass produced electric vehicles entered the market, the European passenger car market is experiencing a transformation. The classification as “alternative” no longer fits the significance of electric vehicles in the market. They have become a common alternative and in some countries have already surpassed other powertrains. By 2040, they will dominate the market in Europe. But what about the short- and medium-term forecast until 2026?


In cooperation with the Spanish forecasting specialists from MSI Sistemas de Inteligencia de Mercado and the renowned industry expert Detlef Borscheid, Dataforce has integrated a fuel type forecast into its market segment forecast. The forecast considers long-term trends such as technical progress in battery development, as well as persistent changes in the regulatory framework. In the medium term, government subsidies and tax changes, among other things, influence fuel choice. In the short term, factors such as pull-forward effects or current production bottlenecks are taken in account.


Forecast Scope

All forecasts stretch five years into the future and can be delivered as a commented report, online dashboard, or data file. At launch at the end of July, seven countries are included in the forecast. These are Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK, as well as Belgium and the Netherlands. In the second half of the year, forecasts for Europe as a whole, Switzerland and Poland will be added, followed in by Austria, Sweden and the Czech Republic in 2022. As before, Dataforce breaks down the market channels into private, true fleet, short-term rental (RAC) and manufacturer/dealer. A new addition, however, is the breakdown by fuel types: petrol, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and CNG/LPG.


No uniform ramp-up of the EVs

Overall, the share of BEVs and PHEVs will continue to grow strongly in 2021 and 2022. Then, without new stimulus, there will be temporary market saturation. Incentives reach a plateau while the tailwinds from new model introductions dwindle once a range of EVs is available in every vehicle segment.


By the middle of the decade, electrification gains momentum again. Economies of scale and further technical development are lowering the costs of BEVs, while Euro 7 implementation is going to add costs to combustion vehicles. Together with the even lower CO2 targets, the focus of manufacturers is shifting more and more towards electric cars.


However, it is also important to look at individual countries and sales channels. For example, the electrification of rental vehicles can only take off when the public charging infrastructure is much more widely developed. On the other hand, the fiscal framework conditions in the Dutch and Belgian fleet markets ensure that petrol and diesel cars are only purchased for very narrowly defined purposes.


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