Almost 30,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Sold In Europe In August 2018

SEP 27 2018 BY MARK KANE 13

U.S. plug-in electric car sales finally way higher than in Europe.

In August, plug-in electric car sales in Europe increased by 42% year-over-year to 29,949 at an average market share of 2.7%.

After the first eight months of 2018, sales amounted to some 242,000 (up 41%) at an average 2.3% market share.

As August is a rather slow month, now we look forward to a new record – maybe in September.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – August 2018

The three top-selling models for the year are without change, although the Nissan LEAF doesn’t shine as brightly as before.

  • Nissan LEAF – 2,924 and 24,539 YTD
  • Renault ZOE – 2,213 and 21,127 YTD
  • BMW i3 – 1,675 and 14,664 YTD

Interestingly, the new Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid was the 3rd best-selling model in Europe – 1,848! Also, the PHEV Panamera noted a strong 850 sales.

On the other hand, Hyundai Kona Electric starts with 455 – not bad compared to just 86 Jaguar I-PACE.

Registration stats for Europe are provided by EV Sales Blog:

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – August 2018 (Source: EV Sales Blog)

The comparison between Europe and U.S. starts to change as the Tesla Model 3 enabled the U.S. to take over in July and extend the advantage in August. In September, it will be a huge disproportion, we believe.

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617 Ioniqs is a lot more than the US, but still not a lot. Where are they selling more of these – just South Korea?

Yes, South Korea. But even there it’s not more than <1000 per month it seems.
At present the Ioniq BEV is not (yet?) a high-volume car like the Leaf and the Teslas.

I think the issue with Korean EV’s is that they are not building enough batteries to build them in large numbers. I hope to see that change soon with the recent efforts by LG chem.

Next year will be interesting when the 3 is imported.

There are many new BEV models that could sell very well in 2019, if available in real numbers. Model 3, E-Tron, EQC, Kona, Niro and long range Leaf. Low BEV sales are mostly due to lack of supply.

Just wait until the Model 3 & Kona are available….sales should nearly double like they have the USA.

500-1000 Konas per month in Europe will not make that much of a difference.

10-20k Model 3’s per month in Europe though…. that will make a nice improvement.

But the real jump will come closer to 2020 when regulation compliance models will arrive en masse…

20.000 people in Norway ordered the Kona. It would be very unlikely if Hyundai didn’t ramp up the car. Hopefully they learned their lessen from the Ionic.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has 3 Plug-In models in the top 5:
• Nissan Leaf
• Renault Zoe
• Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

These 3 Plug-In models have a combined cumulative deliveries total of about 350,000 in Europe during the current decade.

Europe had a slow month in August, but plug-in electric cars still hold a market share of 2.7%.
What is the EV market share for the USA.?

One remark regarding the 2 Porsche Hybrid models with limited AER. WLTP came September 1st, and apparently it came as a surprise to the domestic manufacturers, that nobody had anticipated coming for the last 7 years. They thought they could push the final deadline into more distant future by lobbying, but this time they failed. Thus, not all models in their lineup are certified for sales under WLTP as of now, and in particular PHEV with short range are in trouble (lower volume than ICE, and of course a welcome excuse not to sell them in too high quantity. So a good deal of the Porsche’s are likely registrations by either Porsche itself, or the stealerships, in order to be able to sell them as “used, 1 day registration” to game the system and have something to sell at all. Lots of diesel ICE got a last minute registration in August as well. Check the sales numbers for September, and you will find that many popular ICE and most short range PHEV models of BMW, VW, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche will experience dents in sales. VW needs to store like 200 k vehicles that they can’t sell yet until they… Read more »

200,000 vehicles? That will be a lot of parking lots for VW short sellers to stalk… 😉

Looking at a glass 1/2 full, “42% year-over-year to 29,949” is an impressive feat. Still 30,000 is not great as the Sun (Tesla Model-3) is yet to rise in Europe.

Hope Tesla launches this model in 2019-01.
But Hybrids are gaining at expense of Diesel.