European Plug-In Car Sales Up In April By 6%, Still On Track For 250K In 2017


The European plug-in electric vehicle market grew by around 6% in April, to just more than 17,500 new registrations, while the total year-to-date increase in Europe currently stands at 24%.

The Eco Tour di Sicilia and Renault ZOE

With more than 81,000 plug-ins delivered in four months, Europe is well on its way to hit the milestone of 250,000 plug-ins sold for the year.

The somewhat weaker growth in April is primarily caused by a Renault ZOE brake issue, which apparently delayed some 2,000 units from reaching customers.

Despite that hiccup, the Renault ZOE is still the best selling model for the month, and also for the year; which makes overall European result very sensitive to ZOE happenings.

Four models were sold in four digits:

  • Renault ZOE #1 – 1,627 (10,676 YTD)
  • Nissan LEAF #2 – 1,326 (8,009 YTD)
  • BMW i3 #3 – 1,562 (7,031 YTD)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV #4 – 1,507 (6,174 YTD)

For BMW, the i3 April’s was positive year-over-year, but the earlier strong from the larger 33 kWh pack is certainly fading.

The Tesla Model S and X noted 559 (4,276 YTD) and 481 (3,386) respectively – good for #5 and #9 for the year.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – April 2017

Source: EV Sales Blog

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7 Comments on "European Plug-In Car Sales Up In April By 6%, Still On Track For 250K In 2017"

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Painfully slow ramp. Possibly slower than the total market increase. Would be interesting to see the Market Share graph over this time period.

I think Mark had that once before in a previous article.

Well, here’s hoping that 2018 will be the breakout year.


Market is now at 1.4%, up from 1.3% last year.


The EV raw numbers growth is definitely there as the monthly score card has been showing, it just gets lost to me visually looking at this chart.

It’ll feel better when the low months hit 20K units instead of 10K units.


I’d be interested in seeing a more detailed breakdown of the individual model sales. For example, how is the e-Golf doing over in its home market? One would hope it’s moving more models than in the U.S.


Go to and there you will see how all European markets are doing.


No mention of the ioniq it seems to be going gangbusters here in ireland