August is typically a difficult environment for plug-in vehicle sales in Europe, so we weren't anticipated large gains to be made during the month.  We thought wrong.

EV sales grew by roughly 68% to more than 22,300 registrations, good for a market share of 1.7%

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

After eight months of the year, sales have now crossed the 180,000 mark, and have surely crossed the 200,000 level in 'real time'.

While the best selling electric cars is still Renault ZOE, which ran away with the title months ago, the second best in August was the updated Volkswagen e-Golf, which moved an impressive 1,694 copies and is now storming the "top 10" sellers list for the region.

Top plug-in best sellers for 2017 YTD:

  • #1 Renault ZOE 2,152 (21,632 YTD)
  • #2 Nissan LEAF993 (13,456 YTD)
  • #3 BMW i3 1,149 (12,809 YTD)
  • #4 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 1,204 (11,882 YTD)
  • #5 VW Passat GTE 1,352 (8,243 YTD)
  • #6 Mercedes GLC – 1,002 (8,053 YTD)
  • #7 Tesla Model S 766 (8,051 YTD)
  • #8 BMW 225xe Active Tourer – 692 (6,661 YTD)
  • #9 Tesla Model X577 (6,636 YTD)
  • #10 BMW 330e592 (6,556 YTD)
  • #11 VW e-Golf – 1,694 (5,874 YTD)
Compared to the U.S., sales in Europe are around 34% higher, and have also been gaining at a higher rate of late.

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – August 2017

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – August 2017

Source: EV Sales Blog