In 2012, the Nissan LEAF was in a distant second place.

In 2012, the Nissan LEAF was in a distant second place.

According to the latest report from Eagle AID, the site that makes it a point to emphasize how poorly electric cars are selling, the electric car market in Europe has just "faint pulse".

"This year was widely expected to be the year when electric cars were expected to gain some serious traction."

"That’s thanks to last year’s market debut of Renault’s ZOE, followed later that year by other comparative sector heavyweights like BMW’s i3, Volkswagen’s all-electric eUp and last but not least the European market debut of Tesla’s much-praised Model S."

"One quarter into the current year, apart from the sole bright spot in the region, – Norway, – precious little has changed. Judged by all the various industry yardsticks, the underlying message spelled out loud and clear is that Europe’s electric car market still operates at a very low charge."

AID’s counter for Western Europe sees 0.4 percent sales penetration for EVs in the first quarter, which is about twice the 2013 result of 0.25 percent.

Anyways, 0.4% mean that up to 13,000 EVs have been sold in Europe in the first three months 2014, or over 4,000 per month on average.

But wait, there's some good news from Eagle AID.

"AID’s own exclusively compiled figures show a more than doubling in March sales to a highest-ever 6,705 units, easily beating the region’s previous best monthly sales tally."

But traditionally, the report ends with pessimistic words on sales growth:

"Dig below the headline figure, and it is all too clear why Europe’s 2014 electric car sales season got off to a flying start."

"This is due in large measure to this year’s meteoric climb in Norway’s electric car sales."

"This comparatively tiny Nordic market, which stands out on its own as an electric car owners’ paradise, soaked up almost half the electric cars sold in Western Europe in March."

So, Norway's growth outshines the growth in other such as Germany, UK and the Netherlands.  Growth is growth though, right?

Source: Eagle AID