Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe

Thanks to Eagle Aid, we now have a rather comprehensive looks at first-half EV sales in France and Western Europe.

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

While Eagle Aid's presentation of the data attempts to spin it into a negative, we see the results as mostly positive.

Okay, here's our positive spin (strikethroughs aka strikeouts added by us) on Eagle Aid's data

"July’s electric car registrations in Western Europe topped last year’s levels, but the extent of the gain fell well short of higher earlier expectations."

"That’s chiefly because the expected initial registration bulge in France, following the market introduction of Renault’s all-electric ZOE, has so far failed to materialize."

"Despite the anticipated tailwind from the French domestic ZOE launch, July’s electric car registrations in France fell unexpectedly by 17.2 per cent to 492 units."

"This brings the total registered in France so far this year to 5,271 units, thereby doubling France’s electric car sales penetration so far this year to 0.5 per cent."

See how easy it is to play with the numbers?

What Eagle Aid is trying to say, we think, is that electric vehicle registrations are on the rise in Western Europe and EV penetration is growing in France.

Fortunately, we've got that strikethrough/strikeout function mastered, which allows us to present the "real" data without the negative twists and spins.

Source: Eagle Aid