From year to year, the car fleet in Romania is growing. At the end of December, more than 8 million cars were registered, almost 200 thousand more than in 2022. Of these, 43% are new, and the rest are bought second-hand. There is also demand for electric cars, but Romanians still do not trust their efficiency.
In the capital’s car markets, the most sought after are cars with diesel or gasoline engines. However, I did not find any electric cars for sale in the parking lot.
Although Romanians bought over 50% more electric vehicles in 2023, most still avoid them.
Adrian Mitrea – journalist specialized in automobiles: We have less than 5 cars for a charging point. If there are 42 thousand cars and 5 thousand charging points, we are theoretically at 4.2 cars for one charging point.
Ana Bancu – car dealer: The demand for eco models, both electric and hybrid, has decreased considerably. In my opinion, also because of the weak infrastructure in Romania. Hybrids remained the most requested engines, due to their consumption and versatility.
Romanians remain loyal to second-hand cars. People say they could opt for an electric car, but most can’t afford it.
Our country’s car fleet has an average age of 16 years, while the European average is 12 years.
Adrian Mitrea – journalist specializing in automobiles: In the case of Romania, this parity is one new car to approximately 3-4 second-hand cars. We have a new car trade for 6 old cars.
Auto dealers expect new car sales to decline this year.
Ana Bancu – car dealer: We, internally, expect a stagnation of the market. We depend a lot on this program rabla and rabla plus, rabla classic. This is because this program is a breath of fresh air for Romanians, especially in the geopolitical context we are in, inflation.
Only one out of 9 new cars, registered in 2023, was electric.
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