Europe Leapfrogs U.S. In Plug-In Electric Car Sales

JUN 30 2015 BY MARK KANE 16

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Nissan LEAF, in one of its recent articles found that Europe for the first time solidly eclipsed the US in sales of electric cars.

At least based on EagleAID, in Europe (more precisely in Western Europe), sales in the first four months exceed 51,000 – 26,808 pure electric cars and 24,578 plug-in hybrids (registrations).

This year (through the end of April) InsideEVs counted ~32,433 in US. So Europe is 60% ahead.

If we look at pure electric cars (in US 20,164 according to the EDTA), advantage for Europe is 33%, while in the case of plug-in hybrids (in US 11,368 according to the EDTA), Europe sales are by 116% higher than US.

Well, not all will be happy because of this, as US electric car sales are not growing as quickly as in Europe, but you know, maybe this is more natural state for Europe with its high fuel taxes/prices.


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Well if they start selling the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and VW GTE here, then we’ll probably pass them.

Depends on the price premium. If the Outlander PHEV is priced below the upper tier gas only Outlander (after incentives), then you’re absolutely correct. However, if it is priced several thousand OVER the upper tier gas only Outlander (after incentives), then it will land in the New World with a loud “thud.”

I expect the latter outcome will occur. It won’t stop me from getting it, but it will stop it from being a sales blowout.


No Scramjett, once California Air Resources Board certifies Mitsubishi for battery monitoring compliance in the 2016 Outlander PHEV this sole platform of a 4X4, 5 passenger off road SUV, with 0-20 miles all electric range will take this country by storm.

Here is the heavy fuel costs savings as Mitsubishi pitches it in Europe.

Link Goes To Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Business Use Savings Site-

With home and work place charging, giving a poential 40 (0-40) all electric range, even on the 110V AC, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV could nail, if driven in EV Mode, 100% of 74% of US commuter daily gas free range!

Even better, can you imagine a 4X4 that can go 0-20 miles all electric with overnight refueling only and still dominate a cross country, off road BaHa?

Link Goes To Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Asian Cross Country Rally, 2013-

Link Goes To Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV racing in Australasian Safari 2014-

Love my 2nd GM Chevy Volt Extended Range Electric Vehicle, But GM?


Thomas J. Thias



Volvo XC90 PHEV will probably beat Outlander PHEV to market, although at a ~40% premium.

The US will not pass Europe again. Not for another decade or two at least.

Europe is on a steady rise with clear and tough goals with more environmentally aware countries, people and governments.

The interesting race to follow will rather be between Europe and China.

Well, it was about time. Gasoline prices are quite high in Europe indeed, but I think what was missing in the old continent was the variety of choices consumers now have.

In particular the UK and Germany, the largest car markets were dormant until last year. Now with over 20 plug-ins to chose from, European sales finally took off. And indeed the Outlander has been key for shaking up the market. Let’s hope the same will happen when it arrives to America!

we need a carbon tax in USA. A higher gas tax would be a good idea also.

Good luck with that! The name of the game in the US is “preservation of the status quo at all costs!” There will be NO carbon tax and NO increase in the gas tax, I guarantee it.

You are right, no gas tax increase, not even to cover inflation, for us.

But, we do get new taxes on EVs and also new taxes on cars that get over 40 mpg in Michigan.

Hurrah! (/Sarcasm)


Same in Georgia. EVs now get to pay more in taxes in one year than a full sized SUV does in gas tax. USA!

GPS, What The Frick are you talking about?

Road Tax failed at the ballot box in Michigan.


Thomas J. Thias



“we need a carbon tax”

Yes, absolutely, we need a tax that mainly poor people pay. Enough of this “tax the rich” stuff.

I’m very glad to see this happen, regardless of the fact it’s overseas rather than here in America. The important thing is that the EV revolution advances, not which continent takes the lead!

Up the rEVolution!

Hopefully the US will improve and get back to more than very modest increases for EVs. It would be very helpful for the global EV development if the car manufacturers could start to get the feeling that developing an EV is not only for single markets but for the global market (or at least the big three, Europe, US and China).

It will happen sooner or later. Unfortunately, it currently seems to be “later”. I think sales will pick up quite a bit in 2017, when the nominally “200 mile” PEVs start selling. Whether or not that will be sufficient to finally put the EV revolution into long-term exponential growth… I don’t know. At some point, “the breakthrough” (see graph below) in this disruptive tech revolution will happen. I don’t know what or when that will be, but clearly it hasn’t happened yet.

Maybe the Tesla Model ≡ will be that breakthrough.

It was about time Europe took the lead. They are supposed to have every reason to embrace electric cars.