Data on alternative fuel vehicle registrations in Europe released by ACEA for the second quarter of 2015 brings good news.

In Q2, registrations of passenger plug-ins grew by 53% to 27,575 in EU and by 106% in EFTA (Norway and Switzerlands) to 8,914 and 1,756 respectively.

"In the second quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle registrations in the EU increased (+17.4%), totalling 143,595. Of these, electric vehicle (EV) registrations significantly grew (+53.0%), rising from 18,024 units in Q2 2014 to 27,575 units in Q2 2015. Demand for new hybrid vehicles (HEV) also increased (+22.6%), totalling 53,443 units. 62,577 new passenger cars in the second quarter (+3.0%) were powered by propane and natural gas.

Looking at the EU’s major markets, the UK saw the largest increase of AFVs registered over the period (+62.4%), followed by France (+59.7%) and Spain (+58.0%). Among the EFTA countries, demand was primarily driven by Norway (+74.1%), with 11,614 vehicles registered, 77% of which electrically powered."

New alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations in the EU by engine type

New alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations in the EU by engine type

Average growth for EU+EFTA for the six-month period stands at 76.9% with 72,741 total new registrations and Norway being the largest market.

150,000 plug-in is the target for this year in Europe, we believe.

Here is a detailed comparison:

EV Registrations in Europe in Q2 2015

EV Registrations in Europe in Q2 2015