Europe Add 30,000 Plug-Ins In December and Over 221,000 In 2016

FEB 3 2017 BY MARK KANE 12

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – December 2016

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – December 2016 (source: EV Sales Blog)

Europe ended 2016 with about 30,000 new plug-in electric cars sold in December, a result that was second best ever, but curiously also 11% lower than year ago, when some serious year-ending incentives caused a major rush.

Total sales in Europe amounted about to 221,600 last year.

The best selling model was Renault ZOE (21,735), which not only beat all the other all-electric cars, but also best selling plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (21,318).

The Nissan LEAF was third overall, logging its own  record result of 18,827 sales, despite offering nothing new (like a generational upgrade) outside the 30 kWh battery pack.

The Renault ZOE also set its best monthly result in December with 2,867. The new 41 kWh battery’s arrival gave a big pop to the model, and will continue to do so in 2017 as the offering spreads further than just France.

In 2016, eight plug-in cars managed to find more than 10,000 sales.

Among manufacturers, the ever-expanding lineup of plug-in hybrid helped BMW secure #1 spot with a 17% share (a big improvement from the 8% share in 2015). Volkswagen (15%) finished second, followed by Renault (13%) and Nissan (10%).

EV Sales Blog notes also that electrified SUV sales are on the rise, and the best selling Volvo XC90 T8 almost reached the 10,000 mark.

Comparing Europe with U.S., it turns out that Europe is still out in front, but the volume advantage has certainly been shrinking of late.  We anticipate near-parity during 2017, as the near-North America specific Chevrolet Bolt EV moves the needle in the US, while any Model 3 EVs that Tesla does deliver in 2017 are also sure to be US-based.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe & U.S. – December 2016

source: EV Sales Blog

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According to Pontes figures, the top selling electric commercial van was the Kangoo ZE, but according to two sources, one being Nissan Europe, the top selling can was the e-NV200 with 4,319 units, which would raise Europe’s total to over 222k. Check the sources here:
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This is the first time I see the StreetScooter work in any ranking. 29th place… Congrats outsider!


In THEORY Europeans are more likely to cover their needs with lower milage cars, so new Zoe, golf etc could be sufficient to keep up with the bolt gains.

Well that’s plain math but that obviously doesn’t count in an emotion driven market…

BTW is the Prius prime already on sale in Europe?

Don’t believe the Prime’s on sale.

There was a production delay and they directed early production to the USA because they like Californians so much. 😉

All reports about Europe are hampered by the many Europes we know.

We have the European Union (EU28), often combined with the EFTA and sometimes Turkey is added to this mix.

And beside these groups we have Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and some smaller newly independent nations.

Not just apples and oranges, but potatoes and old shoes to.

Where is a Hyuidai iONic?

It ended in #31 😉

If Renault Electric Division truly covets wider adoption of EVs , then it. should definitely go wireless with its Zoe and thus enable the little midget sales soar tenfold. Renault wireless please, Mr Ghosn should have made it out by now, right Carlos ?

The Renault Zoé 40 has reach the point where range anxiety is no more a problem for a every day car.

As I know, Renault has received 5,000 reservations for the Zoé 40 in 3 months, and without any advertising in France.

The Opel Ampera-E is in the same way in Norway. So 2017 will be a great year for BEV in Europe.

I was hoping 23,500 sales for BEV in France in 2016, but it wasn’t turn well, because of the rumor of the Zoé 40 arriving in late 2016. But for 2017 I expect 27,500 for passenger BEV in France, because of the Zoé and the Ampera-E.

EV Sales updated European sales today, including the above correction, so total sales rose to 222,600.

Nissan should use the Zoé 41 kw battery kit in the new version of Nissan Leaf for 2018 as an affordable solution for its aging Leaf. They must do something quickly, otherwise they will keep losing their EV market share. They should also redesign the car to make it more appealing. Its about time.

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