Europe Nears New Plug-In EV Sales Record For September
This September was the second best month for plug-in electric vehicles sales in Europe to date. Roughly 33,700 sales translated into 32% growth year-over-year.
The only month to show a superior result in the past, was December of 2015 (with just over 33,800 deliveries) – and was mostly powered at the time by fiscal changes (being less attractive to purchase plug-ins) happening in the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark
So we are just going to call September of 2017 the best ever*…with an asterisk.
Because historically sales have always improve over the last three months of the year in Europe, we expect to have 2 or 3 new records to report on before the year closes.
With the future in mind, plug-in vehicles did achieve a record market share in September – 2.2%, or one out of every 45 new vehicle sales came with a plug.
As the general automotive landscape is in a period of stagnation (after several years of growth/rebuilding), the EV market share will continue to expand at an even more rapid pace.
Six models exceeded 2,000 sales in September, including two Teslas. The Tesla Model S was #1 with an estimated new personal best (~2,527), followed by the Renault ZOE (2,306), Tesla Model X (~2,137), Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2,080), Volkswagen e-Golf (2,041) and BMW i3 (2,025).
The top 10 selling plug-in models for 2017 YTD:
- #1 Renault ZOE – 2,306 (23,938 YTD)
- #2 BMW i3 – 2,025 (14,825 YTD)
- #3 Nissan LEAF – 1,387 (14,809 YTD)
- #4 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 2,080 (13,963 YTD)
- #5 Tesla Model S – 2,526 (10,580 YTD)
- #6 VW Passat GTE – 1,264 (9,520 YTD)
- #7 Mercedes GLC350e – 1,191 (9,260 YTD)
- #8 Tesla Model X – 2,136 (8,774 YTD)
- #9 VW e-Golf – 2,041 (7,915 YTD)
- #10 BMW 330e – 1,289 (7,862 YTD)
By way of comparison, sales in both the U.S. and Europe have seen strong gains, but Europe is still definitely leading the way in 2017.
Source: EV Sales Blog