The last quarter of plug-in electric car sales in Europe (Q4) wasn't successful as hoped, as new registrations of passenger models decreased by 10.6% (-5.7% BEVs and -12.6% PHEVs), this according to recent data by ACEA.

This fallback can mostly be attributed to some specific incentive programs in 2016 vs the end of 2015, and the anticipation for the new Renault ZOE 40 ZE with 300 km/186 miles of real world range.  Still, we had hoped other factors could overcome the headwinds.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

However, the  European Union (EU) and EFTA (Norway, Switzerland) still ended 2016 with a 9.7% higher result for new registrations than a year ago - with 206,584 deliveries overall, which is a new record!

Interestingly, most of the plug-ins sold were PHEVs (not so for the other major regions around the world in 2016):

  • PHEV - 112,999 (up 17.2%)
  • BEVs - 90,795 (up 2.9%)
The six largest markets in Europe, hold more than 83% of all plug-in registrations (compared to 86% year ago), so the smaller countries are starting to make some headway:
  • Norway - 44,908 (up 33.0%)
  • UK - 36,917 (up 28.6%)
  • France - 29,189 (up 27.6%)
  • Germany - 25,214 (up 7.0%)
  • Netherlands - 22,801 (down 48.7%)
  • Sweden - 13,221 (up 52.6%)
Here is full report:

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)