Electric Car Sales Up 47% In Europe In 2018

FEB 4 2019 BY MARK KANE 10

BEVs are the hottest segment in Europe with growth rate of 47%

JATO Dynamics released a general summary of car sales in Europe in 2018 withan interesting comparison of particular powertrains.

Among the 15.6 million cars sold (just 346 more than in 2017, but still the best result since 2007), alternatively powered cars (hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric and other) took share of 6.1% (945,000):

  • Gasoline cars – 57%
  • Diesel cars – 36% – 5.59 million (down 18%)
  • Alternatively powered cars – 6.1% – 944,800
    • Hybrids – 555,000 (up 24%)
    • Electric – 195,000 (up 47%)
    • Plug-in hybrids – 180,000 (up 22%)
    • other – 14800

As you can see, all-electric cars increased by 47%, which is th quickest growth in the industry (even the hot SUV segment is growing by “only” 19%). With many new models coming on the market or in the ramp-up phase, we could guess that BEVs will be above conventional hybrids by the end of 2020, or at least 2021.

“Notably, most of the fuel type’s growth was driven by pure electric vehicles, which outsold plug-in hybrid vehicles, as their volume increased by 47% from 132,800 vehicles in 2017 to 195,300 vehicles in 2018. Norway was the biggest market for electric vehicles, where they held a 31% market share, while the Netherlands outsold the UK and became the fourth largest EV market, behind Germany and France.”

Source: JATO Dynamics

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10 Comments on "Electric Car Sales Up 47% In Europe In 2018"

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Counting regular hybrids in the alt fuel catagory is wrong simply all the energy comes from the fuel (gasoline or diesel) used to power the engine. I am NOT anti hybrid; it reduces CO2 emissions at relatively low cost and does not in any way limit the utility of the vehicle that uses it; it’s a good thing. It’s just not an alternative power source.

Agreed, they are just more fuel efficient gas cars and shouldn’t be counted as alternative fuel unless you add electricity from the wall.

While I agree with the fact that it’s not an alternative power source, I personally still do enjoy when they lump all of the BEV, PHEV, Hybrid and Fuel Cell vehicles into one category.

Am I being greedy if I say that I’m disappointed it’s only up 47%?

Seriously though, this is good news and pretty much in line with previous years; it’s on a pretty steady growth rate of doubling every two years. Not fast enough, to be sure, but worth cheering about nevertheless.

Let’s see what 2019 and 2020 will bring. I thing annual doubling should be within reach.

When you know it is due to short supply, it’s a reason to be happy.

Think how a car company without EVs and PHEVs have it in Norway now. One company had a 40% drop in sale of their ICE cars. That hurt.

If cheaper EVs continue to arrive, with a quality and range more people can live with – there is no reason there will be at least a 47% growth in EV sales in 2019 too.
Model 3, Zoe, Leaf, i3, e-Golf, e-up, e-tron and PSA will offer at least two EVs this year. There is a slow increase in small and large electric panel vans too.
I would be surprised if 2019 sales will not increase more then 47%.

Some researchers say that 2021 will be cost parity between EVs and ICE; and actually 2020 if maintenance costs of EV vs. ICE are taken into account

Pathetic numbers once again..

are the cng and lpg not listed at all or are they part of “other”? 14800 sounds too low for those.

I don’t think any manufacturer sells pure CNG or LPG cars out of the factory. Plus, these are not consider alternative fuels. Still in Europe and elsewhere there are millions of cars running on CNG/LPG, but these are all aftermarket installations.

If I have to guess, the 14,800 number would be FCVs and maybe some biofuel vehicles.