Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Car registration statistics released by ACEA show a strong increase in electric car sales throughout Europe.

In the first quarter of this year, the total plug-in deliveries for the European Union (EU), Norway, with Switzerland (EFTA) stood at 48,189, which is 28.8% more than a year ago.

Compared against the overall total, 3,931,903 vehicle registrations were made, meaning passenger EVs now hold a 1.23% market share (compared to less than 0.7% of the total market in the US).

The numbers revolve solely on new passenger car registrations, so we imagine that all the Nissan e-NV200 and Renault Kangoo Z.E. alone would push the Q1 number past 50,000 in total.

Digging deeper into the stats, we see that PHEVs are going nip and tuck with BEVs.  BEV registrations increased by 18% in Q1 to 23,717, while PHEVs increased by an even stronger 44.6% to 23,868.

The largest market for all-electric cars continues to be Norway at 6,425 registrations (but down 10.8%) and France is close behind at 6,022 (up 107.4%).

The most PHEVs were sold in UK, thanks to a new found love of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - which logged 7,031 registrations (up 27.7%).  Second place went to Norway with 4,501 sales (up a massive 394.6%).

Norway and UK are also the largest combined markets for all plug-ins - some 21,570 registrations together, good for nearly 45% of all sales in Europe.  A number we feel is like to change with upcoming strong incentives coming online in Germany.

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)