In Europe, Sales of Pure Electric Vehicles Increased 20-Fold From 2010 to 2012

5 years ago by Eric Loveday 1

Renault Twizy on the Road...It's Europe's EV Sales King

Renault Twizy on the Road…It’s Europe’s EV Sales King

Obtaining specific figures for sales of individual plug-in vehicles in Europe can be rather difficult.  In fact, it often seems impossible to get exact figures for every plug-in sold there.  A country-by country breakdown is possible, though some countries post no figures, which means a list of that sort would be incomplete.

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Turning our attention back to Europe, we see that the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest report, titled “Monitoring CO2 Emissions From New Passenger Cars in the EU,” presents some of the sales data we’ve been on the hunt for, though it focuses solely on pure electric vehicles.

According to the EEA, sales of electric vehicles across Europe in 2010 were only 700 units.  A paltry figure for sure, but back then few electric vehicles existed.

These results for 2012 are more promising.  The EEA says that in 2012, sales of electric vehicle in Europe soared to 14,000 units, a twenty-fold increase over 2010’s results.

Most of those vehicle were sold in France, where the Renault Twizy dominates the charts.  The EEA says that, out of the 14,000 units sold in 2012, 5,500-plus were sold in France and nearly 3,000 went to buyers in Germany (the number two country in terms of EV sales in Europe last year).

While we admit this is still an incomplete list, at least it begins to fill in some pieces of the puzzle that we are always hunting for.

Global sales are difficult to obtain in a timely fashion, too.  But InsideEVs did present those figures back in our “World’s Most Comprehensive 2012 Global Plug-In Vehicle Sales List” post.

And, as always, we cover US sales on a monthly basis, as well as bringing you some Canadian figures from time to time and some other countries, too.

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One response to "In Europe, Sales of Pure Electric Vehicles Increased 20-Fold From 2010 to 2012"

  1. Cavaron says:

    I’m sure Americans think that people in crowded Europe live in apartments with the size of a shoe-box and that a prius is considered a large car here. But despite both is true, the Twizy is not considered as a car/real vehicle here.
    If we count the Twizy, we have to count the Reva/G-Wiz and other neighborhood vehicles too. Maybe even Golf-Carts.