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APIA: Romanians purchased over 400 “green-cars” in Q1; sales up by 22 pct on this segment

Romanians have bought, in Q1 of 2017, 407 new eco-cars (electric and hybrid), increasing by +223 percent, twice as high compared to the same interval of 2016, when 126 units were recorded to have been sold, the statistics of the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA) reveals.

Therefore in the period between January and March 2017, compared to the first three months of the previous year, the share of “eco” vehicles out of the overall sales stood at 1.7 percent in Romania, and the sale of electric vehicles increased by 310 percent, while the hybrid cars recorded a growth of 215,5 percent.

Furthermore, according to the quoted source, in March, a number of 183 electric and hybrid cars were sold, increasing by 64.86 percent compared to the previous month, when 111 units were sold.

In the ranking of 100 percent electric car brands that were sold most in the first three months of 2017, the first position is taken by BMW with 14 units, followed by Mercedes-Benz (8 units), Audi (6 units), Volkswagen (4 units), Volvo (3 units) and Porche (2 units).

Moreover, the most hybrid cars sold in Romania, from January to March 2017 were recorded by Toyota (328 units), followed by Lexus (32 units), Land Rover, Mercedes Benz and Ford (each one units).

The official statistics reveals that in 2016, the numbers of new electric and hybrid vehicles sold in Romania stood at 1,183 units, increasing by 138 percent compared to 2015. Out of this total, a number of 167 units are 100 percent electric cars.

The Environment Ministry recently announced, through relevant – Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu, the fact that as of 10 May a new edition of the “Rabla Plus” programme will start, a programme which is destined for the purchase of environment-friendly cars. Through this programme, the value of an eco-ticket granted to those who want to buy a new 100 percent electric vehicle stands at 10,000 euros in 2017, and for plug-in hybrid cars the ticket is 4,500 euros.

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