All-Electric Vehicle Only Sales Cross 100,000 In Europe For 2016, Renault ZOE Top Model


Europe ended 2016 just nudging past the 100,000 all-electric car sales sold mark for the year. According to Avere-France, new registrations of BEVs amounted to 102,625 units (which was about 5% more than the previous year).

The total all-electric fleet on European roads today stands at more than 340,000 vehicles; and with just a quick glance at the numbers (illustrated on the graph above), it is easy to spot the two countries that are doing the heavy lifting.

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn with Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF

During 2016, Norway actually noted a nearly 10% decrease to 24,221, but mostly due to plug-in hybrids getting in on some incentive love for the country, and as a result – picking up more sales.

The tax changes for PHEVs in Norway also allowed France to become the largest market for BEVs with 27,307 registrations in 2016. We should still note that Norway is still far and away the market leader when it comes to market share.

The other two countries landing in the 5-digit range for all-electric car was was Germany (13,621) and the UK (11,194).

Rounding out the list:

  • Austria – 4,368
  • Netherlands – 4,245
  • Switzerland – 3,296
  • Sweden – 3,255
  • Spain – 3,004
  • Belgium & Luxembourg – 2,187
  • Italy – 1,819
  • Denmark – 1,274
  • rest of the Europe – 2,834

Overall for the region, the best selling all-electric models where:

  1. Renault ZOE (21,735)
  2. Nissan LEAF (18,456)
  3. Tesla Model S (10,567).

Finishing in 4th, just off the podium, and counting only all-electric sales (and not the REx) was the BMW i3 (9,674).

BEV Registrations in Europe – 2016 (source: Avere-France)

source: Avere-France

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9 Comments on "All-Electric Vehicle Only Sales Cross 100,000 In Europe For 2016, Renault ZOE Top Model"

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I guess the Opel Ampera-e (European Bolt) arrives too late in 2017 to surpass the Renault Zoé. I hope Nissan will surprise us with a soon to come new, good looking 300 km Leaf.

Nissan could just continue the Leaf as it is, and additionally introduce the Nissan Branch, a bigger family car with more cargo space, longer range and possibility for towing hook. The only BEV in this segment is the Model X, all BEVs except Tesla are in the small car segment where there is already a lot of competition.

This is also why PHEVs have increased their sales a lot in Norway, it isnt small PHEVs that Norwegians by it is SUVs and stationwagons, Mitsubishi Outlander is the top PHEV seller becuase there aren’t any BEVs at this size. (Model X has picked up some sales here though.

I like the idea of a bigger car, but I flinched at continue the Leaf as it is. It surely isn’t a bad car, but the looks were always quirky and it really starts to look dated now.

Most cars get their looks updated after 3-4 years and a fully new generation at 6-8 years. The Leaf didn’t even have a mid cycle refresh, at least not one that changed its looks, and it is 7 years old. There is no way they could continue without any refresh.

So besides the obvious reasons for a totally new platform, if they really decide to keep it 3-4 years longer, they need to improve it visually, not just give it a bigger battery.

The leaf works perfectly for what it is supposed to do; get you from A to B as cheap as possible.

– it’s cheep
– It has enough range for daily doings
– it’s durable, almost no errors
– it’s big enough, both for people and cargo

For the general user, who doesn’t care about cars, it’s still one of the best choises.

Well, the VW E-Up sure didn’t do well.

3,7 kW max. AC charging power! How should the e-Up do well if you can charge a Zoe with 22kW at home?

With ~100,000 BEV in Europe and ~50% for the Renault-Nissan groupe.
And with the Zoé 40, 2017 is very promising for the group. The Zoé can reach 30,000 in Europe this year.
And with now the Ioniq and the futur Ampera-E, it will be a very interesting year of 2017.

According to the source the 100 k includes electric vans, so this figure refers to light-duty BEVs, not cars as mentioned in the intro.

PHEV passenger car sales totaled 112,999 according to ACEA, so plug-in hybrids oversold BEVs and for the first time plug-in sales passed the 200k mark in Europe. Let’s hope the US achieves the same mark in 2017.

Carlos should channel his inner Kimi Raikkonen: “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing”.