European Plug-In Sales Up 20% In February. Renault ZOE In Charge

6 months ago by Mark Kane 14

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – February 2017

Around 16,500 new plug-in electric cars were sold in Europe last month, which translates to growth of 20% year-over-year.

Renault ZOE

The stunning performance of 2017 so far, was shown by the Renault ZOE in February, which at 2,828 sales was not only good for first spot overall (up 74%), but also outsold the second best performer – the BMW i3 (1,455) by nearly 2-to-1.

Overall, Renault has delivered almost 5,500 ZOEs in the first two months of the year, so hopefully the model will reach 30,000 this year, as the new, longer range, Z.E. 40 (41 kWh) is now spreading beyond France.

The Nissan LEAF (1,327) and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (1,130) round out the top four for the Renault-Nissan Alliance. While  the Volkswagen Passat GTE was fifth best selling model, an was also able to cross 1,000 mark (1,070).

To date, Tesla has sold about 829 Model S (1,654 YTD) and 305 Model X (886 YTD) in Europe.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – February 2017

Source: EV Sales Blog

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14 responses to "European Plug-In Sales Up 20% In February. Renault ZOE In Charge"

  1. Peter says:

    Damm the Zoe has a stunning peformance.

    1. Nuno says:

      Only because the Opel Ampera-e is not available yet. I should know, I’m in the market for a new car and am going with a non-electric.

      Oh well, maybe 5 years from now I’ll have my first electric.

      1. Cavaron says:

        Hyundai IONIQ EV or PHEV maybe? Great little car. Can match ZOEs range in the winter because of better efficiency and thermal management. Also the IONIQ EV can charge with up to 70kW CCS DC, while the new ZOE can only do 22kW AC.

    2. Pierre du BARET says:

      And March will confirm this with aready 1980 units registered for France (CCFA manufacturer data) alone vs 3211 for the first two months of 2017, I expect that the 3000 mark for Europe, should be met for last month registrations !

  2. Taylor S Marks says:

    Shouldn’t the Monthly Plug-in Sales Scorecard have the Tesla Model 3 listed for 2017? I know that deliveries haven’t actually begun yet, but there’s other cars already on the scorecard in the same boat… you can put it down with “Arrives” in the June or July column.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Good question, we don’t get asked that often. Long story short: it will, but not yet, (=

      The only reason we don’t list all the 2017 cars on our Scorecard (link)…is because that would be a fairly darn long list, and more often than not, half of the plug-ins stated to arrive in a current year, do not. OEMs are well, pretty brutal when it comes to properly timing their plug-in introductions…especially when it comes to making, and bringing, Euro-made models to the US. So if we did, the discussion each month would be littered with things like:

      “yeah, but you said the Mercedes C350e was going to arrive in September (of 2015), now you’ve pushed it back a month 14 months in a row…why do you suck so hard?”

      In actual fact, we “do not suck”, the OEM sucks and has been stringing everyone along with new and even more fanciful dates they won’t hit…the Outlander PHV being the worst offender, having beendelayed 7 times now, for a total of…drum-roll…39 months and counting. They most recent delay had it pushed back to “Summer” but also maybe March 2018…so potentially up to 51 months late. Which would be long, annoying time, to have had on our list.

      We have taken the stance of putting the plug-in on the list (as arriving) with an ETA once actual US retail cars have finished the production stage, and are in transit to the US, or OEM holding. Basically, if you see it on the list, you KNOW its imminent.

      With the Tesla Model 3, it of course is a lock for a 2017 debut of some magnitude, but I don’t think we (or anyone) has the confidence it was actually be arriving/delivered to the general public in July of 2017 at this point.

      1. TM says:

        The list of cars with a plug is going to be really long soon (2018?). Will be interesting to see if the long table is still the format of choice. May have to group the laggards into an “other” category at some time.

        The increase in number of cars sold per month from Jan 2015 to Jan 2017, when fit with a straight line, is sure a mildly increasing line. Hopefully, that curve will go exponential within 12 months.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Yes, it is going to get quite long…but that is a problem we are more than happy to have to deal with, (=

          We are hesitant to relegate any production EV into the “other” category, even when it becomes/is less popular – as one then can’t figure out the cumulative totals of a model (if one so chooses to do so).

          I think most people are ok with having to do some extended scrolling as a trade-off for having all the sales data available…but if it gets too unmanageable, and readers find it intrusive, we are open to change things up.

      2. wavelet says:

        Makes sense.
        IMHO, it also doesn’t make sense to start reporting on a car’s sales until it’s been completely finalized and is truly purchasable — neither holds for the Model 3 quite yet.

  3. Seuthès says:

    The performance of the Zoé 40 is even more impressive, that the Zoé 40 is not avalaible for every countries in Europe.

    The Zoé and the i3 have a battery upgrade, so it’s not a big surprise that people want MORE RANGE.

    As I know, orders for the Zoé 40 don’t slow down in France.

  4. Goncalo Da Silva says:

    How many ioniq EV?!

    1. Nelson says:

      633 cars in the first 2 months of 2017

      1. aip says:

        But going to be a lot more soon, as I understand many were delivered the last week (with RO-RO ships Morning Lily and Morning Cherry arriving in european ports)

  5. wavelet says:

    Since the 41kWh Zoe is not a new design (apart from the drivetrain), I think it’s a pretty effective indication that range matters, a lot, at this point, even with the excellent charger density in much of Western Europe.

    Note the i3 also exhibited a sales jump with the 33kWh version, and while it’s too early to tell, I expect the 36kWh eGolf that started selling a month ago will do the same.

    Now, once/if most BEVs have 200+ mi of real range, there likely won’t be a big difference between 250mi and 300mi — but we’re a long way from that point.

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