European Countries With The Highest Plug-In Car Market Share

NOV 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 35

Which countries switch to plug-ins and which ones lag behind?

Plug-in car sales results in Europe looks interesting when instead of volume we compare market share.

Here we have results for the first nine months of 2018 and all of 2017 in the European Union and EFTA (Norway + Switzerland).

Without any surprise, Norway leads the region with nearly 47%, followed by a few northern countries. It’s worth noting that Norway not only is #1 but also increases share of plug-ins the quickest – by almost 10 points within a year.

So far, no big market was able to repeat double-digit market share over prolonged time, but in general market shares are increasing in all markets besides Belgium, which slightly declined this year.

The average for 26 countries is 2.2% compared to 1.7% year ago.

Passenger plug-in electric car registrations in Europe:

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Iceland is also both in Europe and EFTA. Would be nice to include the global number 2. 😉

Iceland is not reported by ACEA, check here:

Where the heck are Russia (west of the Urals), Ukraine, and Belarus?

They are neither EU members nor EFTA members, which is what this chart represents (as per the introductory text).

Iceland should be number two with market share over 20%

quebec is close to 3%!!

Would also be nice to see absolute numbers to complement these nice graphs.

Conclusion: Norway only state with a Democratically Elected Government.
All the rest? : Petrol States.

LOL, no. I’m pretty sure Norway is the biggest oil producer of all those countries. No, Norway is just smart….

1) Capture lots of cheap hydropower and grow your wind power fast.
2) Adjust your laws to incentivize EVs so you drive cars on your cheap clean domestic electricity.
4) Profit!

Use Local Power = Create Local Jobs.
When Oil isn’t controlling your government you can make that decision.

Why is this picture of london taxi shown, its monster sized vehicle which is very inefficient and also designed with diesel engine.
Please show some Tesla vehicle or any other EV in the picture.

You mean the taxi with great design to be extremely useful with 100 km real world electric range before a petrol engine range extender kicks in during long trips (taxi drivers are legally not allowed to turn down customers based on destination there)?

It is awesome and as far as I know there is no EV that is remotely close to be designed as an as great taxi.

And it has a CCS plus a Chademo plug!

I like those plug in taxis.

California alone is tied with Sweden, second after Norway, with 7.1% (3Q 2018), up from 4.8% in 2017. Now by volume, California is ahead of Norway by a factor of almost 2, and California’s sales volume is on par with combined sales in Germany and Norway (this year leaders by volume in Europe).
Now the U.S. ranks just behind Germany and France in terms of market share (1.8%).
Check California figures here:

Not everything is about California.

Do you know that California is not a country and also not part of Europe.

Give him some slack – California competes well with other countries – quite a powerhouse in its own right.

How is that relevant? This was an article specifically about Europe; there have been ones comparing both marketshare & absolute numbers of the various US states in the past, and I don’t recall anyone complaining why Norway wasn’t listed there.
Get over the US-centric attitude.

I don’t see any hint of complaint from EMC2 about California not being included in this EU article. Instead I think it very relevant and useful to compare the EU results to California, Quebec, Ontario, and other regions.

I think you are confusing this useful comment with some other ones upthread that seem to show US centric thinking.


It is great that regions do their fair share at least. But number two is Iceland. Volume is of course important too and thankfully China and California deliver that way.

Citation for US marketshare (presumably in Q1-Q3 ’18) being 1.8%?
As far as I know, the forecast for the entire year is 1.75%, and that’s obviously simply because of Tesla’s finally ramping production on the Model 3 the last few months. I don’t expect them to be able to maintain that the coming 6 months unless they start selling the $35K car for an actual $35K (with no tricks like the fake “premium” interior).

Introduction of Tesla Model 3 into Europe is going to have an interesting effect on these figures.

For a start, the right hand drive version will be introduced later, so UK and Ireland won’t get any Model 3s till some time after the rest of Europe. The quantity of Model 3s sold is likely to create as much of a surge in overall EV sales as it has in the US already, so most European nations will see a big jump in their EV market share, except for UK and Ireland, which will get the same jump later on.

It’ll be interesting to see if anyone tries to use the figures politically to “show” that the UK is falling behind in the next year or so, without mentioning the underlying reason.

No, while there’ll be decent sales for sure, the Model 3 is not likely to be as significant as it was in the US:
1) Not a hatchback, and not very space-efficient compared to the common vehicles in Europe (compact hatchbacks are the #1 form factor, specifically the ICE Golf is #1 seller). Less cargo volume. Therefore also not very suitable to be a household’s only vehicle (1-vehicle households quite common in Europe).

2) Expensive car, compared to European norms.

3) The SuperCharger network is much less an advantage, since there are decent public DC charging networks.

4) More EV models widely available than in the US.

There is plenty of non-hatchback market in Europe at comparable price points. BMW M3, Audi A4, Mercedes CLS, etc. Even the Porsche Panamera and Maserati Quattroporte could be replaced by a Tesla 3.

Personally, I would much prefer the 3 to any of those ICE or hybrid cars. The 3 also seems very sure footed at autobahn speeds, so I think Europeans will also love the driving experience, as I do in the Midwest US.


A perfect storm is headed for the Netherlands in the last months of the year.

Prioritised Jaguar I Pace introduction, Tesla end of year boatloads and first deliveries of long range Hyundai Kona combined with end of incentives surge.

Add the WLTP dip and diesel decline and the BEV percentage will go up by a few points.

Please use my country’s official short name next time. We do use Czechia instead of Czech republic. (I’m fine with both but … 🙂 )
en wikipedia org/wiki/Name_of_the_Czech_Republic

And how do you pronounce Czechia ?

Do you REALLY want people to confuse you with Chechnya?

No… just no…. Czech republic is about as short when pronounced and much more correct. No need to confuse people with nick names.

Speak formal. 😉

poor Hungary quite ahead of Italy,Spain….

English Taxi, Norway, and speak of Iceland in the comments reminds of a fun little anecdote. John Cleese was in Norway when the 2010 volcanic eruption on Iceland shut down the airspace. He got in a cab and told the driver his address in London! The fare came to £3,300.

It would be nice to also see the marketshare number for the region as whole for the date ranges given; I’ve seen a projection of 2.35% for EU+EFTA in 2018 overall.
Good progress all told… I’ve long thought that 3% (over an entire region) would be a significant marketshare milestone, as from that point onwards no non-niche manufacturer would be able to ignore EVs; I also expect the adoption rate to snowball from that point as most drivers would be likely to know someone who drives an EV and word-of-mouth would help a lot.
Right now it looks like that 3% will be reached either in 2019 or at most 2020; the UK, France & Germany have ~42% of EU population. Once they are all over 2%, they’ll drag the other large countries behind.

Norways goverment has a $1 trillion wealth fund (all money from oil sales) .so they have contributed alot to global polution.
So they are more black than green environment country.