Neck-And-Neck Sales Race Between PHEVs And Pure Electric Cars In Europe

JUN 15 2015 BY MARK KANE 6

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Thin margin separates all-electric and plug-in hybrid car sales in Europe, according to EagleAID.

High advantage of BEV sales from early years vanished as plug-in hybrids grew much quicker..

After the first four months of this year, there were 24,578 PHEVs registrations and 26,808 EVs in Europe.

Strong push for plug-in hybrids is mostly the doing of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

“AID’s exclusively compiled data reveals that in terms of sales the auto-industry’s newest breed of ultra-low CO2 emitting PHEVs (Plug-in-Hybrid-Electric-Vehicles) are catching up fast with their pure battery-powered electric car cousins like Nissan’s still sector-leading LEAF. AID’s forecasters now believe that in Europe PHEVs will keep their edge over today’s pure electric cars, and before long – given some meaningful purchase and ownership incentives – they will dominate Europe’s still tiny market for ultra-low emission cars for some time to come

Kicked off in a near solo-move in the Netherlands during October 2013, followed nearly a year later by its no less spectacular showroom debut in the UK, almost overnight Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV has spawned – if not pioneered – an almost entirely new sub-sector.”

Source: EagleAID

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I wonder what this is doing for the average CO2 emissions per km for Mitsu? and Nissan for that matter. I am sure they have a long way to go before they hit 95g/CO2/km. It will be interesting to see how the EU pans out, by 2020 there will be a lot more EV and PHEV’s on the road or a lot more tax being collected from the auto industry.

btw for those who are interested the “European vehicle market statistics pocketbook 2014” is a really good read.

I’d be happy to root for both “teams” if the average PHEV had an all-electric range as long as the Volt’s or better, but none of them are that good. It’s said that the Outlander would have only a 20-25 mile range on the EPA cycle.

I certainly understand that in this “early adopter” phase of EV tech, that a PHEV is more practical than a BEV for most people. But if the car doesn’t even have enough all-electric range for more than 50% of miles driven, then it’s not going very far towards the goal of ending the burning of oil for fueling passenger vehicles.

But not everyone buys a plug-in vehicle for the purpose of reducing their carbon footprint.

Also, you have to admit that if we replaced every gasoline car with a PHEV, the effect on our fossil fuel usage would be incredible!

But that is the purpose of the EU that is writing the rules. And national governments offering incentives.

Yes but the regulations doesn’t say that a reduction below 50% is Bad. Heck, a 50% reduction would be even more than what is needed to fullfill the regulations for 95g CO2 average.

PHEV’s are technically not elegant (more complicated than ICE rather than simpler as BEV’s are). But many car makers do now priviledge this option rather than BEV’s. Thus (in Europe at least) PHEV sales share is bound to increase as compared to pure BEV’s. As some remarked above, it is better to have 10 millions PHEV’s out there with 60% all electric miles than 1 million BEV with 100% electric miles. I firmly believe BEV’s time will come but not with current batteries, a 50% increase in specs and price reduction is needed (above 200 Kwh/kg energy density and cost below 200$/Kwh, all that at pack level of course).