Sales of electric and hybrid cars double in Brazil in the quarter

Brazil, even if little by little, is moving towards the future of electromability. From dream to reality, the electric and hybrid car segment grew a lot in 2021. However, it has already started to surpass the numbers in 2022. That’s because, in the first quarter of this year, the sale of light electrified vehicles in Brazil had a growth of 115% in license plates. In total, there were 9,844 units, against 4,582 in the same period last year.

The data are from Brazilian Electric Vehicle Association (ABVE)which released the survey this week. According to the agency, the sector follows a trend contrary to the combustion car market, which had a 25% drop in general sales.

To give you an idea, in this month of March, 3,851 units were sold. Which represented an increase of 106% compared to the same month in 2021 (1,872 sales) and 12% compared to February, when we had 3,435 models in the sector licensed. In addition, it is worth noting that, due to the numbers, March was the third best month in the segment in recent years. It was only surpassed by December and August 2021, where there were 4,545 and 3,873 sales, respectively.

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”Brazilian consumers already prefer low-emission vehicles. The numbers are clear: in the two years of the pandemic, electrified vehicles grew exponentially, while the market for combustion vehicles regressed,” said the ABVE President Adalberto Maluf.

Goal of 100,000 electrified cars

The survey confirmed that the fleet of light electrified vehicles in Brazil already totals 86,986 battery-powered cars. The account was made based on the period from January 2012 to March 2022. Thus, it included sales of electrified cars, SUVs, SUVs and light commercial vehicles, including hybrid electrics (HEV), plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and fully electric (BEV).



According to the entity, if this trend continues to grow in the market, this number could reach an average of 100,000 vehicles at the end of this semester. A great representation if we consider that, in 2020, the segment represented only 1% of the general market.

”But the electrified market share is still below the country’s potential. Only 2.6% in the first quarter. We have to go much further. Considering only plug-in electric vehicles (BEV and PHEV), this percentage drops to 0.8%”, added Maluf.

Toyota and Volvo take the lead

In the segment of gasoline, ethanol and flex-fuel hybrids manufactured in Brazil, ABVE listed that Toyota expanded its leadership in the electrified sector with the Corolla and Corolla Cross duo. In March, for example, both represented 65% of total sales, adding up to 2,504 units compared to a total of 3,851.

When it comes to electric cars, the Volvo who occupies the post. In the ABVE survey, the best-selling zero-emission model was the XC40 Recharge, with 179 license plates. According to the automaker’s record, in this first quarter, the brand sold 407 models, which accounts for 34.55% of the total in the BEV segment.

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With this number, the Swedish brand reached the first place in the ranking of sales of electric models in the country. In addition, Volvo also highlights that, with the sum of hybrid and electric models, there are 1,090 units sold in the first three months of the year. That is, 40.12% of sales.

”Today, our offer in Brazil is only for electrified vehicles and now, with the launch of our second 100% electric model, the C40, we will further intensify sales in this segment”, commented João Oliveira, general director of operations and innovation at Volvo Car Brazil.

trams go up

In the numbers collected by ABVE, the biggest movement of change was for vehicles with 100% battery powered motorization (BEV). For the first time, they even surpassed plug-in hybrids, which declined in February. Thus, in total, 519 electric models were licensed in March against 507 PHEVs. As a percentage, the representation is 13.5% and 13% of the total.

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For the association, the growth of electric cars was due to two possible market trends. The first is that buyers in the premium segment can be more confident in buying a BEV due to the increase in the recharge service in the country. In February, public and semi-public stations reached 1,250 units. The second, on the other hand, is due to the commitment that large retailers and logistics companies have assumed with environmental issues, increasing the commerce of models of this type.

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