Electric Vehicle Registrations Up 118% In Q1 2015 In European Union


Some promising figures coming to us via the European Automobile Manufacturers Association:

In the first quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations in the EU significantly increased (+28.8 %), totalling 144,421. Of these, electric vehicles (EVs) saw their registrations more than double, rising from 11,304 units in Q1 2014 to 24,630 units in Q1 2015 (+117.9%).

Surprisingly, demand for conventional hybrids is up too:

Demand for new hybrid cars also increased (+21.4%), totalling 56,704 units in the first three months of the year. Propane and natural gas powered 63,087 new cars during this period, or 16.5% more than in the first quarter of 2014.

Lastly, here’s a look at Europe’s strongest players in the AFV segment:

Looking at the EU’s major markets, the UK saw the largest increase of AFVs registered over the period (+64.2%), followed by France (+33.9%), Italy (+18.1%) and Germany (+11.3%). Among the EFTA countries, the Norwegian market grew by 32.7%, reaching 10,901 units.

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3 responses to "Electric Vehicle Registrations Up 118% In Q1 2015 In European Union"
  1. vdiv says:

    In the mean time in America…

    The term “Alternative Fuel Vehicle” is really inaccurate when describing EVs as there is simply no fuel (MPGe anyone?) It is a very significant difference that gets obfuscated by bundling EVs with real alternative fuel vehicles such as gas and biodiesel combustion, and gas fuel cells.

    How about Alternative TO Fuel Vehicles (ATFV)? 🙂

    1. Lou Grinzo says:

      While technically you’re right — assuming a narrow and somewhat rigid definition of “fuel” — I don’t think this is a semantic battle worth fighting. Whether you replenish a vehicle’s on-board energy supply by pumping in gasoline or plugging it in makes little difference to the average consumer in terms of general concept.

      We can spend our time more productively by arguing yet again about the 5th seat in the 2016 Volt, whether the Leaf is ugly, when the Tesla 3 will ship, etc.