European Plug-In Electric Car Market Increased By 29% In Q1

MAY 22 2016 BY MARK KANE 13

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Car registration statistics released by ACEA show a strong increase in electric car sales throughout Europe.

In the first quarter of this year, the total plug-in deliveries for the European Union (EU), Norway, with Switzerland (EFTA) stood at 48,189, which is 28.8% more than a year ago.

Compared against the overall total, 3,931,903 vehicle registrations were made, meaning passenger EVs now hold a 1.23% market share (compared to less than 0.7% of the total market in the US).

The numbers revolve solely on new passenger car registrations, so we imagine that all the Nissan e-NV200 and Renault Kangoo Z.E. alone would push the Q1 number past 50,000 in total.

Digging deeper into the stats, we see that PHEVs are going nip and tuck with BEVs.  BEV registrations increased by 18% in Q1 to 23,717, while PHEVs increased by an even stronger 44.6% to 23,868.

The largest market for all-electric cars continues to be Norway at 6,425 registrations (but down 10.8%) and France is close behind at 6,022 (up 107.4%).

The most PHEVs were sold in UK, thanks to a new found love of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – which logged 7,031 registrations (up 27.7%).  Second place went to Norway with 4,501 sales (up a massive 394.6%).

Norway and UK are also the largest combined markets for all plug-ins – some 21,570 registrations together, good for nearly 45% of all sales in Europe.  A number we feel is like to change with upcoming strong incentives coming online in Germany.


All-electric car registrations in Europe in 2015 (source: ACEA)

All-electric car registrations in Europe in 2016 (source: ACEA)


Plug-in hybrid car registrations in Europe in 2015 (source: ACEA)

Plug-in hybrid car registrations in Europe in 2016 (source: ACEA)


Plug-in electric car registrations in Europe in 2015 (source: ACEA)

Plug-in electric car registrations in Europe in 2016 (source: ACEA)

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13 Comments on "European Plug-In Electric Car Market Increased By 29% In Q1"

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Looking good and with oil strikes in France and a new London major keen on cleaning up London things are only going to get better in the coming months.

Just 29%. That is really weak, let’s hope we can pick up the pace.

German incentives will help a lot to get a lagging market up to at least UK/France levels. It will also increase the available models both in and outside Germany if domestic demand increases (because of incentives).

If only someone would have a solution to get the last big markets Spain and Italy onto the EV train.

29% increase is still ahead of the USA in market share.
“meaning passenger EVs now hold a 1.23% market share (compared to less than 0.7% of the total market in the US).”

It is, but if you start comparing your environmental efforts to the US then you’re in trouble.

With the environmental awareness in Europe we should be way ahead of the US and only compare ourself to our potential to become the best version we can be.

60+ percent increase would have been acceptable. 80+% would be really good.

2% should be possible for the full year of 2016.

Actually, I don’t think 29% annual rise is that bad.
IMO, a significant milestone will happen when overall marketshare for developed countries reaches 2%-3%; not in the sense that things will necessary snowball from that point, but that’s high enough that no carmaker will be able to ignore it: They’ll all have to offer EVs.

Q1 was slow and disappointing. A big reason was incentives ending/changing (e.g. Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark) which made the first months into hang-over months.
Germany are waiting for the incentives to come, slowing down that market.

Looking at year on year increase for April (and year to date total percentage in brackets):

UK +72,3% (1,36%)
Portugal +86% (0,77%)
Belgium +156% (1,55%)
Austria +84% (1,52%)
Norway +61% (30%) <– Impressive
France +32% (1,8%)
Spain +188% (0,38%)
Sweden +84% (2,95%)

Germany -8% (0,68%)
Switzerland -28% (1,82)

Netherland crashed… but recovering
Denmark crashed, no recovering in sight.

So the general trend is a lot higher than some lousy 29%. With the Netherlands recovering and Germany getting the incentives Q2 should be a lot higher and then just rising from that point on.

Well, the overall picture doesn’t look bad at all to me… with similar growth in the next 2-3 years, I expect the overall EU EV marketshare to be >2% (of new cars, not of all cars on the road); once that point is reached, there’ll be many models from many manufacturers, charging infrastructure will spread, and after that adoption will continue much faster (pretty much everyone in the driving public will personally know at least one other person with an EV… That does wonders for market education).

The main question I’m concerned about is the absence of Volt-like EVs, with a 80km AER… Those are excellent in-between cars for 10-20 years until long-range BEVs are cheap enough.

In three years we should be touching double digits.

Hope the latest Volt, Leaf and the upcoming i3 with 50% higher range should push the sales higher thru the remaining 9 months of the year.

Europe should also follow China’s lead in promoting electric vehicles. Europe being so much in the North will stand to suffer if the ice caps in Greenland & Arctic ocean melts.

The Volt is not even sold in Europe. In fact Chevrolet is not even sold here anymore. Poor quality, consumer ratings and sales made them pull out.

What about the new ampera is that being sold yet?

So far it’s not and I haven’t seen any news or articles about it ever coming back.

Hopefully it will, or at least the drive-train but maybe in another model.

There is no new ampera, the new 2016/2017 Volt has no Ampera Counterpart.

The Bolt will come here as Ampera-e. But you don’t know when they start and what the price will be. My bet is they sell the Ampera-e for 45.000€ in the beginning. Out of any ordinary price region. Like they did with the Ampera too.