Cristian Cârstoiu, EY: “In Romania, the interest for electric and hybrid cars is constantly growing”
“The pandemic caused half of Romanian drivers to change their plans to buy a car and choose a cheaper car or postpone the purchase. Thus, 18% of Romanians chose to postpone the purchase of a car for a period of 6-24 months or until the purchase will be necessary (15%). Another 10% opted for a new car, but from a lower and cheaper class, while 5% reoriented to a used car,” Cristian Cârstoiu, Consulting partner in EY Business, responsible for the Automotive, Digital Transformation and Innovation sector said during Automotive Forum 2020 powered by Automotive Today and The Diplomat-Bucharest.
“Regarding the preference for new types of cars, 30% of Romanian respondents want the next purchase to be a hybrid car (24%) or electric (6%). More popular among the 45-60 age segment, 41% of these respondents said they prefer hybrid or electric vehicles, compared to 21% and 20% of those in the 30-44 and 20-29 age segments, respectively.
In Romania, the interest for electric and hybrid cars is constantly growing. This can be seen both in the preferences of the population, but also in the investments of companies in services for electric vehicles, such as charging stations. Also, the incentive granted by the state for the acquisition has contributed to the increase of popularity, and in countries where it does not exist, such as the Czech Republic, electric and hybrid models are not taken into account in case of a new acquisition.”