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E-vehicles make up nearly half of new registrations in November

Purchases of new fully-electric passenger cars are still eligible for a 2,000 euro subsidy, with the benefit being available until the end of this year.

However, new car sales have been lower than normal since the summer of 2021. Image: Fanega Jorge González / Yle
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An increasing proportion of new cars sold in Finland are some make of electric vehicle, according to the Finnish Information Centre of Automobile Sector.

During November, 46 percent of first-time car registrations were for rechargeable vehicles — 25 percent of which were fully electric and 21 percent hybrid cars, the centre said.

Since the beginning of this year, electric vehicles made up 37 percent of new car sales, while around half of new car purchases or leases by companies for employees were some type of electric vehicle.

A total of 75,510 new passenger cars were registered for the first time during the first 11 months of this year, which represents a nearly 18 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2021.

Sales began to slump after the summer of 2021, due to supply chain shortages and production bottlenecks.

The centre said that orders placed for new cars are many times the normal level dealers see in November.

The organisation also noted that purchases of new fully-electric passenger cars are still eligible for a 2,000 euro subsidy, with the benefit being available until the end of this year.

Meanwhile, similar subsidies for new electric- and LNG-powered trucks and vans will continue until the end of 2024, the information centre explained.

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