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Hybrids Propel Surge in Europe Alternative-Fuel Auto Sales

  • Demand for partly electric-powered models jumped by half
  • Alternative-fuel segment accounted for 6.1% of market in 2017
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Why Electric Cars Aren't Taking Over Yet

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European sales of cars powered by alternative energy sources rose 39 percent last year as Toyota Motor Corp. pushed hybrid models and Renault SA extended the driving range on the latest version of its all-electric Zoe.

Customers bought 953,355 autos that run on systems including batteries, electric-gasoline or -diesel motors, fuel cells or natural gas in 2017, the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, or ACEA, said Thursday in a statement.