The European plug-in electric vehicle market grew by around 6% in April, to just more than 17,500 new registrations, while the total year-to-date increase in Europe currently stands at 24%.

The Eco Tour di Sicilia and Renault ZOE

The Eco Tour di Sicilia and Renault ZOE

With more than 81,000 plug-ins delivered in four months, Europe is well on its way to hit the milestone of 250,000 plug-ins sold for the year.

The somewhat weaker growth in April is primarily caused by a Renault ZOE brake issue, which apparently delayed some 2,000 units from reaching customers.

Despite that hiccup, the Renault ZOE is still the best selling model for the month, and also for the year; which makes overall European result very sensitive to ZOE happenings.

Four models were sold in four digits:

  • Renault ZOE #1 – 1,627 (10,676 YTD)
  • Nissan LEAF #2 – 1,326 (8,009 YTD)
  • BMW i3 #3 – 1,562 (7,031 YTD)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV #4 – 1,507 (6,174 YTD)
For BMW, the i3 April's was positive year-over-year, but the earlier strong from the larger 33 kWh pack is certainly fading.

The Tesla Model S and X noted 559 (4,276 YTD) and 481 (3,386) respectively - good for #5 and #9 for the year.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – April 2017

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – April 2017

Source: EV Sales Blog