More than a half-million electrified passenger vehicles (a term we hate, as it refers in this case to both hybrids and plug-ins) were sold in Europe (traditionally speaking) last year.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

If we look close at the stats, we can see the market share and growth of each category:

  • Conventional hybrids (full hybrids + mild hybrids): 303,506 (up 29%)
  • Plug-in hybrids: 112,999 (up 17%)
  • All-electric: 90,795 (up 3%)
At first glance, once would expect that plug-ins would be growing faster than hybrids, but they are not.

For BEVs, at least part of the reason for the off year was, as found in US in 2015, was the late introduction of new, much anticipated models (like the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 for example), and some incentive uncertainties in major countries.

It will be interesting whether or not we will see more gains in plug-in car sales over hybrid car sales this year; the early data points through mid-March are currently tracking a positive result with plug-ins holding a slight advantage.

Other various kinds of alternative fuel cars (such as natural gas vehicles (NGV) + LPG-fueled vehicles + ethanol (E85) vehicles) are now in retreat (down 20% to 176,730)

The largest markets, depending on powertrain, type are:

BEVs

  • France - 21,751
  • Germany - 11,410
  • UK - 10,264
PHEVs
  • UK - 24,714
  • Netherlands- 18,612
  • Germany - 13,751
HEVs
  • UK - 52,002
  • France - 50,961
  • Italy - 37,128
source: WardsAuto