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.
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%)
- 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%)
All-electric 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)