Best Selling Electric Cars In Europe – All Models!

AUG 8 2014 BY MARK KANE 19

Europe June 2014 – (credit to EV Sales Blog)

Europe June 2014 – (credit to EV Sales Blog)

EV Sales Blog did again a tremendous job to collect all available sales data from Europe, thanks to which we can see what is going on.

There are probably still some very small bugs because different sources represent registrations, while other sources report sales. However, accuracy should be sufficient for a quick analysis.

First of all we see near 8,500 sales in June, which is more than an 80% increase year-over-year, and roughly 44,000 sales in the first half of the year.

Some 13,000 of all sales belong to plug-in hybrids, which means that two-thirds of sales must be all-electric. However PHEVs have Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on-board and it’s #1 in the rankings.

A real positive is that four models were above the 1,000 unit sales mark last month:

“For the first time this year, four cars sold in the thousands, with the aforementioned Outlander PHEV and Nissan Leaf being two of them, but also the Tesla Model S (1.135 units) and the Renault Zoe (1.016) did it, a special mention for the french hatch performance, since it’s only the third time it reaches this kind of sales, and it had been twelve months since the last time it did (1.358 units in June ’13), this brilliant performance allowed it to jump two positions in the YTD ranking to #5 and it’s now with eyes set on the BMW i3 to reach #4 and recover the B-Segment leadership.”

Two all-electric models (Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model S) complement the podium.

Live Shot Of The Renault Zoe Using The New Flexi Charger Cable - Now Standard On All Models

Live Shot Of The Renault Zoe Using The New Flexi Charger Cable

In all-electric ranking, just like we found earlier, Nissan LEAF is ahead of Tesla Model S and Renault ZOE. The Renault ZOE is gaining momentum and is ahead of the all-electric BMW i3 (in the table BMW i3 is few hundred higher after including REx). Volkswagen e-up! is lurking behind ZOE and the all-electric i3 is fifth, so bring more popcorn for a battle in the second half of the year.

Just 4 more models exceeded the mark of 1,000 units in six months. Volvo V60 Plug-In, Renault Kangoo Z.E., electric smart and Renault Twizy, which is of course is not full size car.

Funny thing is that the Renault Fluence Z.E. is ahead of the BMW i8, but that likely won’t last for long.

Maintaining some degree of tolerance for numbers, feel free to add your own insights.

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I’d expect the big climber in the next month or so to be the E-Golf as it hits more markets.


I’ve just been checking across to the monthly Tesla S sales figures for the US, and putting them together with these it doesn’t to my mind show anything remotely like a strong and growing market, in fact the reverse, and declining sales in the US are only more or less countered by adding a whole new continent to the market.

Now maybe sales in China are fantastic, I don’t know as Tesla hides that just like monthly sales figures. but I can’t see anything on the figures we do have to indicate that they are going to get anywhere near their sales targets

That looks to me very like a declining sales trend in the US and early sales in Europe not a patch on what they were in the US.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on sale in one continent is outselling the Tesla S on sale in two.

Micke Larsson

According to EV sales blog June was a record month for Tesla globally with 3933 Teslas delivered.
But July looks like a very low month, unless there are a few thousand cars delivered in July and on their way to China in an attempt to reduce a hopefully large back log.

Anyway, as usual with Tesla it will take a few months until we really know what’s going on. And with the factory closed the numbers will probably be a bit strange (I’m assuming low august and september sales and then big inflated sales in october and then maybe be back to “normal” sales in november and december).

We’ll have to wait and see… Tesla has surprised us everytime they have been seeming to go down for any reason.


Part of the reason for the retooling is to increase production. We have the real numbers from tesla each quarter, so nothing to worry about. Sales are on track for 35,000 world wide this year, with growth and the model X to 100,000 in 2016.



I looked at the numbers from the start of production, which smooths gliches like re-tooling.

They do not look to me like numbers for a product with rapidly expanding demand, but instead one where the sales area has to expand massively to two continents instead of one, ignoring China for which we don’t have any figures, in order to retain any sales momentum at all.

Demand in the US looks soft to me, from the figures over time, not production.

We will see.


You probably have been listening to some idiots that don’t look at the whole picture.

The key thing is tesla is production constrained. This is mainly because suppliers like Panasonic can not keep up with demand. In that environment Tesla is expanding geographically so that it can grow faster once supply problems are done. Expanision in California next year will mainly come from having the X available, but the rest of the US will be more connected by superchargers allowing other states to grow more rapidly.

If telsa projections are correct they will expand to 100,000 vehicles in 2016, with sales mainly in the US and China. That represents over 400% growth from 2013. There are risks, but the idea that sales are somewhere near their peak in the US is ignorning the super charger network, word of mouth, and a new model.


As I stated, I looked at the figures.

That means exactly what it says, not that I took advice from others of whose judgements you happen to disapprove.


BTW I used to work in Export Credit control, many years ago.

With numbers like their sales figures, which they refuse to release on a monthly basis like everyone else, I would be keeping a very close eye indeed on their account before authorising the release of goods to them were I working for a supplier.

The assumption in the world of accounts and credit control if data is withheld is that it is to hide something, which seems a good conservative assumption.

Tales of the restraint being due to production not demand are far fetched.

Plenty seem to get through to Norway, where truly huge subsidies mean that the car is almost given away compared to competitors.

Production restraints however seem to hit neighbouring Germany where there is zero subsidy hard.

If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you.


Then you are ignoring that tesla is production constrained. If you are in marketing, and looking long term, do you expand teratories, so you can do explosive growth, or do you act as af you never will have enough batteries and only ship domestically.

All tesla can do is slice the pie of 35K cars this year. If they sell them all in the US, then next year growth would be much lower, as they would need to start from scratch in china and norway.

Rob Stark

Globally, Mitsubishi is outselling Tesla 1.2M to 14k through June of this year.

Outlander PHEV is outselling S globally by less than 800 units.

Tesla is making cars as fast as they can and selling them as fast as they can deliver them with few minor exceptions.

Like a few hundred units in Germany. Building inventory to offer lease programs to major German companies?

Next year Tesla BEVs will outsell Mitsubishi PHEVs.

Rob Stark

Correction 1.2M units for Mitsubishi is estimated for entire year.


They need to get the Outlander here in the US so I can pickup my date CherylG in style for fine dining at Applebees…… ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Micke Larsson

I predict that PHEV’s will outsell BEV’s in Europe in 2015 by 2 to 1.


Not to rain on your parade, but the secret is out. Have a good time at Applebees.


Looking at the 3,134 sales this year in Norway with its huge incentives, that leaves 2,196 sales in the whole of the rest of Europe for the first six months.

That is 366 sales a month.

No one can tell me that this a sales success story, or supports in any way the projected sales for the Tesla S.


Tesla builds cars on order. People have to wait for their cars to be manufactured after confirming their order. Then they are issued a VIN number by Tesla.

On 8 April 2014 a Model S buyer reported that he had been issued Vin No: 39994.

On 3 July another purchaser reported that he had been issued Vin No: 53038.

From April 8/14 to June 3/14 is just a little less than 3 months.

In other words 13,044 Vin numbers have been issued by Tesla in just 3 months.

That’s 4,384 per month.

This information can be found on the Tesla Forum – Go to last page of thread for the latest VINs

Tesla builds cars on order not to sit on lots like Detroit does. Tesla can’t afford to prebuild cars since they have no dealers no dealers and no place to stockpile the unsold cars, This is why I believe the 13,000 Vin numbers issued in the last 3 months represent actual orders.


I’ve heard their stories.
However I have also seen their figures.

The two don’t match.


Worried about China sales of Model S ?

Tesla sold 1545 Model S in China during May and June.

May – 534 and then 958 in June. Total of 1,545 in two months.



Many thanks.

To make myself clear I wish Tesla every success.

That does not stop me noting it when I find what they are saying implausible or their figures do not match their claims.

That is so-so for China.

We will have to wait and see how the market and sales there develop.