Nissan LEAFs and e-NV200

Nissan LEAFs and e-NV200

Great news comes from sales stats for Western Europe.

All-electric car sales hit its highest ever result in March of 11,935!

And that still doesn't include thousands of plug-in hybrids.

As always, EagleAID comes to the rescue of our enthusiasm with an explanation why that best-ever result (and the skyrocketing chart to the right) isn't all that good:

(last month EagleAID noted a "sudden loss of steam" and had a "downbeat view" of the overall situation)

"Electric car sales in Western Europe, excluding plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) last month reached the highest-ever level for any month on record, but the rate of growth slowed sharply to the lowest level for sixteen months

AID’s exclusively compiled sales numbers show that West Europe’s electric car sales in March rose 12.2 per cent to a highest-ever 11,935 units, boosted once more by a more than doubling in registrations in France’s heavily subsidised electric car market.

Compared with last year’s very low base, strong percentage gains in some of the region’s middle ranked markets such as Austria and Belgium for instance helped compensate for a sudden setback in Norway, where electric car sales in March plunged by almost a quarter.

In Germany’s still totally unsubsidised market (EagleAID published this report just hours too early to note the introduction of a new massive German plan), electric car sales in March fell 9 per cent and rose by just 2.1 per cent to 2,689 during this year’s first quarter.

This could be attributable in part to German consumers postponing their electric car purchases in anticipation of a likely €5,000 electric car subsidy from the middle of this year..."

Ah, EagleAID, you make us smile.  See you next month for more positivity!

Source: EagleAID