2016 Renault ZOE

2016 Renault ZOE

All-electric car sales in Europe have been growing at a healthy pace since 2013.

Leading the way, has been Norway in the past few years, despite being a much smaller country - at least in terms of population compared to France, Germany or the UK.

Last year (2015) brought some 26,757 new registrations of passenger and commercial BEVs in Norway, ahead of 22,187 in France.

France however began year 2016 on par, or even slightly ahead of Norway, which could ultimately lead to an interesting 3 man race by year's end, especially as Germany (13,381 in 2015) will enter high gear with new incentives (up to €4,000) fully getting underway in June.

Other countries listed in the above graph are the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Belgium+Luxembourg and Spain. With the miscellaneous countries totaling 2,471 of the whole in 2015.

Avere-France also provides a great comparison of what kinds of BEVs were selling best in Europe. The number one spot again belongs to the Renault ZOE, while Tesla Model S managed to place above the Nissan LEAF for the first time.  In 2016, the new, longer range LEAF seems to be gaining a lot of traction, and will likely place at or near the top.

All-electric car sales in Europe (source: <a href=Avere-France)" draggable="false">

All-electric car sales in Europe (source: Avere-France)

source: Avere-France