11/25/2023 - Technology and Innovation

Not everyone needs naphtha: in Argentina, nearly 800 sustainable cars are sold per month

By Melisa Murialdo

Not everyone needs naphtha: in Argentina, nearly 800 sustainable cars are sold per month


The rise of sustainable cars charges more and more strength around the world, in some countries to a greater or lesser extent, but the truth is that the “green” market continues to grow and are several governments working to boost and strengthen. In Argentina, only in 2022 were sold 7,849 vehicles between hybrids and electrics, 33% more than in 2021, when the number was 5,871.

A report by data analyst Melisa Murialdo noted that in that year the total of commercialized units; 7.588 corresponded to hybrids and 260 to pure electrics. In addition, the 2022 was of paramount importance to the industry, since additional to increased sales, also New models have been added to the offer.In line with them, the Association of Automotors of the Republic Argentina (Akara), highlights how The relevant occurrence of the brand Coradir, national production and that put a product on top 5 sales. “Tito is clearly a private vehicle, not comparable to the supply of the rest of global brands, which come with products in medium-sized or high segments,” the report said.

As for brands, Toyota and Ford represented 91.8% of patents, with 6,726 and 476 cars sold respectively.

While the best selling models were:

  • Toyota Corolla Cross (4.390),
  • Toyota Corolla (1.830), Toyota RAV4 (357),
  • Ford Kuga (348),
  • Coradir Tito (192),
  • Toyota CH-R (140),
  • DS 7 Crossback (121),
  • Ford F-150 (116),
  • Peugeot 3008 (56) and
  • Mercedes-Benz C300 (50)
In turn, in 2023 the popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles remains present, following the growth course of recent years. According to the analyst survey based on official sources; In the first half of the year, there were a total of 4,672 units of this type, a number representing 33.7% more than in the same period of 2022, where 3,494 were registered.In this way, the average monthly sales is 780 units, against the 654 that were held last year. In addition, the domain of vehicles with hybrid electric systems remained with 96.3%, this before the electrics that were 2.7%. On that line, stands out an increase of almost 400% sales of lightweight hybrids compared to the first six months of 2022.

Just like last year, Toyota remains the favorite and the protagonist of this market. Thanks to its Corolla Cross models (2.255), Corolla (1.322) and RAV4 (124), the Japanese brand has a participation of more than 80% and has commercialized 3,701 units in this semester. Then, among the best-selling models are in the fourth place the Coradir Tito with 118 cars and the Audi Q5 in the fifth with 87 units.

While the Ford brand occupied the second post in 2022 with 283 patents in the first six months, this 2023 fell to sixth place with only 79 units. Otherwise it happened to the brand Premium Audi, which with its hybrid versions A4 and Q5 was placed in second place with 216 vehicles sold.

Since 2018, the quantity of available models It also remained upward and today there are already 34 models of 17 brands, which are divided between Mild Hybrid, semi-hybrid or MHEV (37%), electric hybrid vehicles or HEV (31%), battery or BEV (20%) and electric vehicles Enchufables or PHEV hybrids enchufables (12%).

It should be noted that in Argentina they offer car insurance For this type of automobiles, similar to the policies of combustion units, although in this case specialized protection is provided for components such as battery, charger, transformers and investors, which usually have a high value.

Electromobility challenges

There is no doubt that the growth of electromovility in the country is positive in many respects and, although the numbers go a good way, there are still many challenges for the steps to be more agitated in this market, some of them are the lack of infrastructure and the absence of legislation that further drives their adoption.

It was in 2021 when the national government presented the Sustainable Mobility Promotion Act, but the same was not accompanied and lost its parliamentary state. In view of this, it is now waiting for new bills, one proposed by Argentina Association of Electric Vehicles and Alternatives This year.

Your initiative suggest the creation of the Federal Electric and Alternative Load Infrastructure Pilot Network To enable the massive deployment of the most suitable systems for each region. “It can be implemented through support to public, private or mixed initiatives; and its electrical and alternative load points can be installed independently, or in Service Stations, both new and pre-existing of conventional fuels,” the entity’s document states.

In addition, it indicates that the proposal could be implemented through economic and administrative aid for purchase, tax exemptions, special tariffs and other mechanisms.

However, it must be remembered that in 13 districts of Argentina measures have been approved to drive sustainable mobility for benefits for electric or hybrid vehicles in the motor Radiation Tax (patent). Among them are: CABA, Entre Rios, Chubut, Rio Negro, Mendoza, San Juan, San Luís, Terra do Fogo, Santa Fé; and cities like La Plata, Neuquén and San Salvador de Jujuy are added.

Another important point to take into account is that electric vehicles require the use of large batteries. Analyst Melisa Murialdo

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melisa murialdo

Melisa Murialdo

Hi, my name is Melisa Murialdo, I'm a Public Accountant at the National University of Córdoba. I have a Diploma in Digital Marketing, Social Media and Electronic Commerce from the Technological University of Buenos Aires. In addition to this, I am an Analyst for statistical data and economic reporting from the Latin American region.

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