Recent EV registration data indicates a downturn in the momentum of plug-in electric vehicles sales for Europe in the second quarter, as compiled by the ACEA.

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Only 10% more plug-ins were sold in Q2 of this year compared to a year ago in the European Union (EU) plus Norway + Switzerland (EFTA).

The 46,515 registrations consisted of 20,663 BEVs (down 3.0%) and 25,341 PHEVs (up 25.5%).

Q1-Q2/YTD results

Total registrations over the first half of the year amounted to 95,236 plug-in vehicles, which translated to a 19.5% of growth year-over-year.

All-electric passenger vehicles tallied 44,381 registrations, and noted just a 7.2% increase, while plug-in hybrids ended H1 with 49,726 registrations and a 35.4% increase.

There was more than a few issues working to slow the progress of EVs in Q2, but now heading into the second half, many of those have been rectified.

With sales back on track in Germany, the arrival of the new, longer range 41 kWh Renault ZOE, 33 kWh BMW i3, and a host of new model offerings just arriving now (such as the Model X in Norway), the just closed third quarter is much improved (although it will be a while before we have a final tally to put a specific percentage on the gains), with Q4 advanced further from there.

The largest plug-in markets in the first half of the year in Europe were Norway (22,009), UK (19,505) and France (16,164).

BEVs

All-electric car registrations in Europe in 2016 (source: ACEA)

All-electric car registrations in Europe in 2016 (source: ACEA)

PHEVs

Plug-in hybrid car registrations in Europe in 2016 (source: ACEA)

Plug-in hybrid car registrations in Europe in 2016 (source: ACEA)

BEVs, PHEVs and FCEVs

Plug-in electric car registrations in Europe in 2016 (source: ACEA)

Plug-in electric car registrations in Europe in 2016 (source: ACEA)