All-Electric Car Registrations Europe 2014 – Model-By-Model Breakdown

FEB 15 2015 BY MARK KANE 8

TOP 10 BEVs in Europe in 2014 (Source: Avere-France)

TOP 10 BEVs in Europe in 2014 (Source: Avere-France)

Here is the as-promised second part with the best selling all-electric cars in Europe in 2014, according to Avere-France.

We already saw the results for a few models provided earlier by Nissan, but this breakdown has more models and a niftycolor chart.

Among the 65,199 passenger and light delivery electric cars, the clear leader is the Nissan LEAF with 14,385 registrations (Nissan indicates a few hundred more were registerted, but Nissan’s date probably includes a few more countries – 18 in the case of Avere-France).

The second best is Renault ZOE with 10,980. And those two models alone captured over 23,000 or 39% of the electric car market in Europe in 2014.

Third is Tesla Model S with 8,744, while the all-electric BMW i3 is fourth with 5,628, just ahead of 5,170 for Volkswagen e-up!

Next we have another Renault – 4,158 for Kangoo Z.E, which again reminds us of which manufacturing group leads the way in electric car sales.

Volkswagen e-Golf with 3,368 was able to overtake electric smart at 3,082.

Nissan e-NV200 had 1,770 and Bollore Bluecar with 1,170 ends the chart, although there are some 6,744 additional registrations of other models that are low volume.

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Watching BMW “i” sales with great curiosity. I admit my disappointment in the i3, after driving the Active-e for two years. So, I have followed the introduction and National inventory of new and used i3’s as they have built steadily throughout the year, 2014. I have been curious about who computes sales figures that are reported as “Fact Based”. I have no idea where the figures come from and how they are validated. My observation has been that changes in daily inventories have appeared to be in conflict with reported BMW monthly sales. Today, we have this report on “All-Eletric Car Registrations Europe 2014- Model-By-Model Breakdown”. “Registrations”, strikes me as a realitively irrefutable source of information so I did the math, using the sales figure supplied on this site: USA-6092-“Sales”?? Europe-5628-reg. Then I looked up: Canada–227-reg. Australia—33-reg. TOTAL-11,980 So, when BMW announced at the Detroit Auto Show that “World wide sales for 2014, were nearly 18,000”, I ask you,,,What is the public to believe, who is auditing these figures? There is in my mind only one Extraordinarily Irrefutable thing about this car, that is, “The Advertising Budget” !!

This reports sales of electric vehicles not PHEV. So does not include i3 Rex, or so the figures suggest.

BMW reports sales to dealers.

Registrations are sales to retail/end use customers.

Thank you !

I went looking to recheck my understanding and my numbers.

According to BMW’s site on Wiki, ” BMW does not report the break down of U.S. sales by BEV and REx trim.” Accordingly, they just report the total number of i3s sold.
Therefore the discrepancy suggested above can not be explained.

You have shared that, “Sales figures” are reported to dealers by BMW,,,,This might allow a bit of fudging to “encourage” dealers who are experiencing slow sales.

Today there are 2,243 new or used i3s for sale in the USA. Perhaps if we add the global inventory of unsold cars to the number of cars actually sold, we might reach a total of “Nearly 1,800”.

1,800 Manufactured perhaps,,,, sold, I don’t think so !


The post above should read, 18,000 not 1,800.
While they were perhaps over reporting it’s obvious that I was careless with my numbers.

AVERE is only reporting all-electric car sales in Europe. As reported in several outlets, the Mitsubishi Outlander was the top selling plug-in car in Europe in 2014.

they are excluding the I3 REx variant because for the purist French if it has a combustion engine they classified the vehicle together with conventional hybrids.

The Wikipedia article you mentioned reports sales/registration by country, and the numbers add up just fine. Also note that the 18k figure includes i8 sales, that is, 18k is total BMW I brand sales for 2014.

i8 sales are:

555 in US,
885 in EUR

Sum i8 = 1440
Sum i3 + i8 (global) ~ 16.6k cars

It’s 16k BMW i3 and almost 2k BMW i8 making it just under 18k in total sales (and cars delivered to customers).

How hard is it to understand?

There is no reason for BMW to inflate their numbers and it’s something fairly easily checked. Not to mention the German preciseness which wouldn’t allow them to get the number even slightly wrong (assuming they would use exact numbers).

The report for europe probably is without i3 Rex. Based on number of (which is very precise) the europe number for registered i3 (Rex and non-Rex) is 8810 cars.

So your calcualtion add up to:
USA: 6100 Sales
EUR: 8800 ”
Other: 300

Sum = 15.200 makes i3 sold. So only around 2.8k of i3 that are currently in shipping/production/finished order, wait for start of production. I think i read the model S has around 20k reservations (= “sold at internet”). Why does 2.8k of i3 sold at dealerships sound unreasonable?