electric vehicle

A total of 4,921 motor vehicles were newly licensed to operate on Maltese roads between January and March, with 970, almost a fifth, being motorcycles or e-bikes, while over two thirds were passenger cars.

The figures emerge from a National Statistics Office release, which noted that an average of 55 motor vehicles a day were newly licensed in the first months of 2021.

Newly licensed used vehicles made up 54.5 per cent of the total, although the continuing attractiveness of this category is in doubt due to new customs rules arising from the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

Over the same period, 7,513 were taken off the road due to a restriction.

Out of these, 35.2 per cent were put up for resale, 33.7 per cent were garaged, while scrapped motor vehicles amounted to 29.6 per cent of the total.

Motor vehicles that had their restriction ending during the quarter under review totalled 4,422. The majority were recorded as being resold (56.2 per cent) or garaged (43.1 per cent).

The total stock of licensed motor vehicles increased by 1,876 over the quarter, reaching 404,303.

Out of this total, 76.5 per cent were passenger cars, 13.9 per cent were commercial motor vehicles, 8.5 per cent were motorcycles/quadricycles and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), while buses and minibuses amounted to less than one per cent.

During the quarter under review, the stock of licensed motor vehicles increased at a net average rate of 21 motor vehicles per day.

Average daily change in stock of licensed motor vehicles per quarter (NSO, 2021)

Engine Type

As at the end of March 2021, 239,401 motor vehicles or 59.2 per cent of the total had petrol-powered engines.

Diesel-powered motor vehicles reached 156,139 or 38.6 per cent of the total.

Electric and hybrid motor vehicles accounted for 1.7 per cent of the entire stock, with a total of 6,993 motor vehicles.

When compared to the previous quarter, increases of 21.5 per cent, 14.6 per cent and 12.3 per cent were registered in the Electric, Hybrid (Electric/ Diesel), and Hybrid (Electric/Petrol) motor vehicles respectively.

Stock of licensed vehicles by motor energy type and vehicle category as at end Q1/2021 (NSO, 2021)

Related

TradeMalta assists local companies to showcase their culinary delights at Gulfood 2024

February 21, 2024
by BN Writer

This year, Malta is showcasing its capabilities with the participation of 11 food and beverage companies

Over 500 UK businesses fail to pay close to £16 million in minimum wages to thousands of employees

February 20, 2024
by Fabrizio Tabone

Companies had to pay their debts to staff, together with hefty financial penalties

Approvals for new dwellings in final months of 2023 sinks by 37%

February 20, 2024
by Fabrizio Tabone

San Ġwann, Saint Paul's Bay and Ħamrun registered the highest number of approved new dwellings during the period