Plug-In Electric Car Sales Slowing In Europe?

1 year ago by Mark Kane 9

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Western Europe January electric car sales (source: EagleAID)

Western Europe January electric car sales (source: EagleAID)

Pure electric car sales in Western Europe increased by 16.9% year-over-year in January, but EagleAID asks whether it’s sign of slow down?  (of course it does)

In 2015, sales grew every month from 24.8% to 71.8% so the 16.9% gain was named a pedestrian pace.

“January’s electric car sales pace in Western Europe slows to mere trickle – is scale back of cash-draining subsidies and cheap fuel to blame?”

Well, our simple answer is that after December run to buy an electric cars, for example Tesla in Denmark, and save some money (via incentives) in January sales are simply a bit exhausted.   There could be other factors as well like Nissan troubles with NissanConnect EV from mid-January, or perhaps just general monetary conditions as a result of January’s unexpected economic malaise around the world that hampered all large purchase buying decisions.

However EagleAID seems to not express any enthusiasm about this year growth (again, as no surprise to us):

“January’’s poor turnout is expected to spark electric car industry fears that the absence of new purchase incentives in key markets like Germany, and worse still, the gradual scaling back of existing sweeteners in some markets could conceivably take all the heat out of the market.

Ostensibly, the question foremost on the industry’s minds at present is whether January’’s comparatively modest rate of electric car sales growth could become the new normal for this and next year.”

source: EagleAID

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9 responses to "Plug-In Electric Car Sales Slowing In Europe?"

  1. ffbj says:

    Incentives for evs are going away and gas prices are very low, so sales of evs suffer.
    I am not shocked. It’s merely a passing squall
    in the bright dawn of the ev.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qrriKcwvlY

    1. Just_Chris says:

      I didn’t catch the video but I think you are only 50% right, incentives are drying up in the EU but the legislation is strengthening. The carrot may be withering but the big stick is been readied for 2021 – perhaps earlier if the cities keep having to use emergency measures to protect citizens health on bad pollution days.

  2. Assaf says:

    Why even mention the S**T coming from eagleAID anymore?

    This site cannot publish every single thing written about EVs nowadays.

    An outfit like eagleAID with a proven record of trying to twist and distort everything to place EVs in a bad and pessimistic light, should be left to stew in its own feces. No free promo for them please.

    At the very worst, a post rebutting them might be appropriate. But not just citing their BS with minor comments.

    1. ffbj says:

      Also True.

  3. andre says:

    1./ it looks,that not to many people of Humankind care at all,about pollution,or even Global Warming…..Greenhouse Gases….etc. 2/ with improving battery technology,many people might hold back to get better range EV cars…2017 models?!

    1. ffbj says:

      Difficult to argue against that.

  4. miggy says:

    After the December sales there was a shortage of EV stock to sell. Great News for EV sales.

  5. Tapaskoch says:

    The largest market for cars in Europe is getting ready for EV incentives – 5k€ per car from July 2016 in Germany – Final decision still pending.
    http://www.autobild.de/artikel/regierungsplaene-kaufanreiz-fuer-elektroautos-8535657.html