Top 4 Quickest Growing Electric Car Markets In Europe

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 10

Top 4 Biggest Growers

Top 4 Biggest Growers

Most of us know that the Top 4 countries in Europe in terms of annual all-electric car sales are Norway, France, Germany and UK (in that order).

But what if we examine only sales of pure electric cars and look at just the biggest growers (meaning the countries with the most growth in electric car sales from 2014 to 2015)?

Well, if we’re looking for the most growth in Europe, then the Top 4 list changes entirely.

Seen above are the Top 4 biggest growers in the European Union in 2015. Surprisingly, Portugal (a country seldom mentioned in connection to electric cars) is #1. Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland are 2 through 4, respectively.

From January through October 2015, electric car sales (including plug-in hybrids) stood at just 872 units in Portugal with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV occupying the top spot. Though total sales are still low, growth in 2015 was extremely high, driven mostly by the arrival of several new models onto the Portuguese market.

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10 responses to "Top 4 Quickest Growing Electric Car Markets In Europe"

  1. Alex says:

    With Plug-In Netherlands is on place 1 with over 42.000 cars, than Norway, Uk, France and far behind Germany which were many Soul EV registered and than sold in Norway. So Germany is really one of WORT markets.

    1. Assaf says:

      +1 @Alex!

      Eric, please correct. Netherlands had 42k sales in 2015, placing it at #1 by volume and #2 by market share (swapping spots with Norway which is #2 and #1, respectively).
      http://ev-sales.blogspot.com/search/label/Netherlands

      True, the vast majority are PHEVs, but those still count. And as Alex says, Germany’s numbers are partially fake, surely for the Soul EV.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Hey Assaf,

        Alex is just touching on the fact that the cumulative “plug-ins” are highest in Netherlands. And while, yes, Netherlands had a great year for plug-ins, the article (and the corresponding data points) centers on all-electric cars specifically.

        From the article:
        “But what if we examine only sales of pure electric cars and look at just the biggest growers…”

        Out of all the plug-ins sold in the Netherlands, less than 10% are pure electric cars (BEVs) at about 3,670. Now having a subsequent article showing the cumulative plug-in totals, would still be a good idea, (=

        1. Mikael says:

          “Most of us know that the Top 4 countries in Europe in terms of annual plug-in electric car sales are Norway, France, Germany and UK (in that order).”

          This clearly specifies plug-in electric which of course include PHEVs. So the correct order should be:

          1. Netherlands 2. Norway 3. UK and 4. France

          And that gets even more clear when the text continues “But what if we examine only sales of pure electric cars and look at just the biggest growers (meaning the countries with the most growth in electric car sales from 2014 to 2015)?” when we go from all EVs to pure electric suddenly.

          So I stand by both Alex and Assaf. You need to correct the article.

          It’s easy enough…either change the 4 countries and their ranking or change the wording from “…annual plug-in electric car sales…”

          to

          “…annual BEV car sales…” or something like that.

          1. GSP says:

            +1

            The author probably meant to say BEVs, but the article says PEVs. Very confusing.

            GSP

            1. Jay Cole says:

              You guys, hehe.

              Okie, we change the opening text to “annual all-electric car sales” to make it more obvious what is being compared. But we can’t change it to alter this country list to all plug-ins (as suggested) because that doesn’t make sense/isn’t helpful to the data being shared.

  2. kalle says:

    it would be interesting with stats of Km(miles) electric driven. to see where the most fuel is saved. (plugins only driving a fraction on electric power really scues the data)

  3. offib says:

    Hmm… The Irish market as improved by 128% in 2015. Maybe there’s no mention because Renault only sold 30 ZOEs while Nissan bagged over 400 LEAFs.

    Portugal’s up by 260%. I think Renault here’s only eyeing up full-EV sales.

  4. PVH says:

    It is nice to know but more important is market share growth. Specifically in markets with few incentives as it then really shows EV’s and PHEV’s technological progress, which is real and fast. Now knowing that two bags of peanuts were sold instead of one bag of peanuts is nice to know too (in respect of Portugal for example, other markets are becoming significant).

  5. Kimmi says:

    Denmark is a special case, as it was a incentives/Tesla-derived sales rush, if we replaced it by Ireland, then we would have a real Top 4 for growth.

    Portugal ended 2015 with 1.305 new EV’s.

    http://www.ev-sales.blogspot.ch/2016/01/portugal-december-2015.html