Electric Car Sales Growth Down In First Half In Europe

JUL 19 2018 BY MARK KANE 11

As first sales data comes in for the first half of the year in Europe, the media reports slower growth of the EV market than a year before.

According to the article, during the first six months of 2018, plug-in electric car sales in the European Union increased by 33% year-over-year (no numbers were revealed). A year ago the growth was higher – 54%, but we wouldn’t judge that to imply there’s a problems with plug-in cars. Also, the reason that limited range or lack of charging points slows down sales is a rather weak argument.

“Electric cars remain a niche product for now,” EY partner Peter Fuss said in a statement. “Charging infrastructure remains inadequate and the models currently available mostly don’t offer a good enough range.”

The pace of growth is often limited by the supply of electric cars. For example, the Nissan LEAF, the most popular model in Europe, is sold at a rate of 3,000-4,000 thousand a month, but the orders are for 20,000.

There are thousands of consumers awaiting the Hyundai Kona Electric and Audi e-tron in Norway (outside of the EU) and in other countries, too.  And we can just imagine how many Tesla Model 3 orders are waiting to be filled.

Europe is currently undergoing a massive shift from diesel cars, with sales decreasing very quickly (up to 16% down year-over-year).

Source: Automotive News

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11 Comments on "Electric Car Sales Growth Down In First Half In Europe"

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ChrisHansen

We are waiting for Kona and Model 3. No more buggy LEAFs.

Mikael

We are waiting for Leafs, Ioniqs, e-Golfs etc. and a bunch of PHEVs not being delivered in enough quantities and fast enough to be close to satisfy demand…

Growth would be over 100% if manufacturers could deliver all the chargeable models out on the markets today in enough quantity.

Benz

How many Hyundai Kona EV will be delivered in Europe in 2018?

Gasbag

“How many Hyundai Kona EV will be delivered in Europe in 2018?”

That number will be closer to 0 Per month than 3-4K but that doesn’t mean buyers won’t be willing to wait.

Benz

There will be 1,850 Hyundai Kona EV’s delivered in The Netherlands in 2018.

O@Z

I estimate 205.000 electric car sales in the European Union, a Plug-in share of 2,4% (1,74% in 2017).
BMW: “The share of plug-ins compared to total volume of sales also increased to a record level of almost 5.8%” (June 2018).
If all the ICE Car company were like BMW the Plug-in share would be much higher.

trackdaze

33% ontop of 54% last year sounds like growth is equal in numbers comparable to last year.

All this with leaf and zoe ramping up.

Another Euro point of view

A bit of a slow revolution. Probably more of an EVolution.

Senna

PHEV = gas car. In Germany no one charges them. They are just cheaper to buy.

Stefan Trippler

Hey Mr. Senna, you must be joking.
It’s the opposite.
When was your last visit to germany?

Senna

Pathetic numbers once again.