The number of new green cars (hybrid and electric) sold in Romania in the first eight months reached 1,518 units, up 161 percent over the same period of the previous year, the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA), data show.
There were 184 plug-in cars registered, more than double compared to the first eight months of 2016, when just 67 units were sold.
According to the statistics, the share of ecological cars in total domestic sales stood at 1.9 percent during January – August 2017, and the sale of hybrid cars increased by 160 percent.
235 plug-in and hybrid cars were sold in August, down 19.24 percent, compared to the previous month, when 291 units were sold.
BMW tops the best-selling electric cars ranking in the first eight months of the year, with 55 units, followed by Mercedes-Benz (45 units), Renault (20), Mitsubishi and Volkswagen (16), Audi (11), Porsche and Volvo (6 units each).
At the same time, most hybrid cars sold in Romania from January to August 2017 were recorded by Toyota (1,019 units). Next is Lexus with 88 units, Kia (9), Hyundai (3) and Mercedes-Benz (2).
Official statistics show that last year, the number of new electric and hybrid cars sold in Romania was 1,195 units, up 205 percent over 2016.