Nearly 170,000 Plug-In Cars Sold In Europe Through October (120,000 In U.S.)

NOV 28 2016 BY MARK KANE 23

Plug-in electric car sales in Europe ticked up slightly last month (4%) as around 17,240 new registrations were logged.

As you can see fom the above chart, not all months bring big year-over-year growth, but new models and higher-capacity battery options arriving now should give the market a decent boost shortly.

Renault ZOE crowned overall Green Apple Champion 2016

Renault ZOE 2016

After 10 months of sales this year, nearly 170,000 EVs have arrived in Europe according to data collected thus far by EV Sales Blog.

Additionally, three models are still in the hunt for the best selling plug-in title for 2016:

  • Renault ZOE – 17,277
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 17,265
  • Nissan LEAF 16,057

Interestingly, all three offerings are now related via the Renault-Nissan, and the recent controling interest taken by Nissan in Mitsubishi.

Comparing Europe to the U.S., we can see that over the past two years European plug-in sales have far exceeded the U.S. (by almost 50,000 so far this year) thanks to a very flat and uninspiring performance for America in 2015 (-5%), whereas the situation was totally different in the first couple of years since 2011.

However, the pace of growth between the two regions has diverged this year, with Europe gaining 23% so far in 2016, while the US has gain 31%.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In U.S. & Europe - October 2016

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In U.S. & Europe – October 2016

source: EV Sales Blog

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23 Comments on "Nearly 170,000 Plug-In Cars Sold In Europe Through October (120,000 In U.S.)"

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Does the sales figure include UK?


Of course. Why would you think that those numbers were not included?

The French numbers are also included. 😉

Damn it USA, we need to pick up the pace! Let’s not let those Europeans beat us at this!

Well, those Japanese are sabotaging our effort by not releasing the Outlander PHEV in the USA.

All the USA needs to do is add punitive taxation on cars and petroleum-based fuels and sales of plug-ins will grow fast! :p

No I’m already getting taxed so bad along with low wages. At this rats shirts and souls will be a luxury.

No what really is killing EV’s is their low range and lack of DC Quick chargers.

This is why Cumberland County and Buckingham County along with everything south and east of it are considered EV free zones.

Well, hopefully the Bolt and Model 3 will help solve the range, cost, and DC fast-charging issues.

But I do wish we had a higher gasoline tax or carbon tax like Europe has because it would REALLY accelerate EV adoption in the USA.

It would do so much more than it has done in Europe. I think the reason why the high gasoline tax in Europe hasn’t been so effective to push people to EVs is because many people already take public transport to work or they don’t have cars because gasoline & parking are so expensive. In the USA, a high gasoline price would REALLY push people to EVs hard because many cannot live without a car and parking is less of a problem.

But . . . a higher gas tax is not going to happen since it is political suicide. Plus the Orange Birther clown.

That said . . . market forces will probably push gasoline prices higher in the next 3 years or so due to frackers going bankrupt.

Spec — I agree with absolutely everything you said in your post…..

Except the part about Europeans using so much more mass transit so they don’t feel the gas tax.

That would have been true when we were growing up. But in the post-Bush crash world, that’s no longer true. Europeans now own more cars per capita than Americans. We are now towards the bottom of OECD nations in per capita car ownership.

Gas prices isn’t seeming to impact rejecting car ownership, as much as it is impacting miles driven per year and the choice of which type of vehicle they choose to buy (fewer big SUV’s).

Ocean — Here is some quick math on what a median Railroad worker in Virginia the age of the median EV buyer pays in taxes compared to OECD (first world) nations. That median worker would pay roughly $5K in taxes, which would be approx. $2K in taxes LESS than the average OECD (first world) nation. Only taxpayers in Chile, Mexico, and third-world nations would pay less. Yes, wages absolutely need to go up for the middle class, so we have a wage disparity more in line with other first world nations, but taxes aren’t the problem. For all the complaining dating back to the 1970’s, all Americans have gotten massive tax cuts over and over since then. And all those tax cuts haven’t solved the problem. It is wages, wages, wages, wages that will rebuild the middle class, not yet more rounds of tax cuts. We’ve tried tax cuts. Tried then again. Then tried them again, again, again, and finally one one time again. Through all those rounds of tax cuts, wage disparity just continued to grow. I’m sorry if you cannot see that reality, and are stuck with talking points that were correct and appropriate for the 1970’s, that… Read more »

Unfortunately with a Fossil Fool captured Trump/Republican government, the US will be going in the opposite direction as Europe/China and falling farther behind in leadership and competitiveness in the fast growing Clean Tech economy.

That really depends on a lot of things.

George Bush Jr. was a great environmentalist, his wars in the middle east drove the price of oil so high that the whole world developed alternatives.

I am not American and not an expert on American politics but from a distance it appears that republicans are the ultimate in short term thinkers. I could imagine Trump and the rest of the Republican party pushing a policy agenda that drives the price of fossil fuels up globally to generate short term gains at the expense of any kind of logical long term plan. Similarly if Trump taxes imported cars the north American auto-industry it would make the EU and Chinese markets (where there are really strong emissions regulations in the pipeline) critical for the survival of any car maker. They could also build out a whole heap of infrastructure that will bankrupt the oil and coal industries in the long run.

I don’t think Trump cares one way or another to attack electric cars.

The low ranges on them are hurting them more then Trump is.

I don’t think Trump thinks. period.

this is his HUGE advantage……….

The EV genie is out of the bottle. It will be self sufficient from here on out.

Meanwhile, China 2016 sales look like they are going to be more than both EU and US sales COMBINED!!

To add perspective,

the EU has 290 million passenger cars
the US has 260 million passenger cars
China has 170 million passenger cars

Not only are they selling more, faster, it is also a larger percent of their total number of cars.

How many of these cars burn gas and emotional GHGs, carcinogens, and all manner of other pollutants? It’s time to stop glamorizing the stinky PHEV.

Contrary to what you might think, many pure EV owners burn gas too. They just do it with another car than their EV. Each year, Volt drivers drive nearly as many electric miles as Leaf owners. More likely than not, these Leaf drivers are taking the advice of many EV advocates, and either renting a gas car for longer trips, or using a gas or hybrid or PHEV in their household for longer trips. Their ~75-80 mile range pure EV is for commuting, and they use gas for longer trips. Meanwhile the Volt owner uses the same car for both, while logging nearly as many pure EV miles:

Nissan LEAF average electric miles driven: 9,697
Chevy Volt average electric miles driven: 9,112

Attacking PHEV’s while the vast majority of cars are still pure ICE vehicles is simply an utter blunder of epic proportions. It is also shows a narcissistic sort-sighted blindness to the wide range of different needs of different drivers all across the mass market whose individual driving needs WILL be completely different than yours or mine.

+1+1+1! Well said!!

Moreover, the limited battery resources (and resulting pollution) is better utilized in making 4-6 PHEVs than one BEV that lugs around a giant battery pack for ‘in case I need it’. PHEV approach is 4-5 times more powerful in reducing global CO2 emissions. Is this surprising that new Toyota Prime’s 133 mpge beats even the most efficient BEV, Spark EV’s 119 mpge?

I would have bought a PHEV if it was exempt from road taxes in NL. Instead I’m now commuting with a BEV because it’s road tax exempt to save some money.

If at some point road taxes for BEV’s become a thing I’ll consider trading the car in for a more practical BEV.

That or a 3-5 year old BEV with 400 km of range would be the ticket. Something with a decent heater would be preferred.

speculawyer said: “Damn it USA, we need to pick up the pace! Let’s not let those Europeans beat us at this!” Too late. The Europeans have been winning the race for, I think, over a year now; winning in terms of percentage of the new car market, in terms of year-on-year growth, and even — if I read the chart above correctly — even in terms of absolute numbers. Here’s hoping that: 1. The rumor that GM can ramp up production of the Bolt to 50k per year, turns out to be not just a rumor 2. Tesla is actually able to meet their seemingly impossible goal for ramping up production over the next two years In the… hmmm… more than slightly unlikely chance that both of those things turn out to be true, then I think we Americans have a good chance of reversing the trend. But frankly, it doesn’t really bother me that European sales of EVs are outpacing American sales. With Europe’s substantially higher gasoline/diesel prices, what I’ve found surprising is that U.S. sales took off (in terms of percentage year-on-year growth, but not in absolute numbers) years before the same thing happened in Europe. A few… Read more »

in Europe there is currently a great shortage of proposals Tesla, so the price of used Tesla 2014 -2015 years of production more expensive by 10 – 20% than in the new USA. ———-