The European plug-in electric car market is booming with some 25,808 sales reported in January at growth of 36% year-over-year, but that doesn't tell the whole story.
Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – January 2018 (source: EV Sales Blog)
The situation is actually better than the numbers suggest. There are production (batteries) constraints popping up all over the place in model rank and that has customers waiting months for some new models.
Here is the list:
- Volkswagen e-Golf - 1,985 (production increased and sales are high in several countries, not only in Norway)
- Renault ZOE - 1,871 (deliveries decreased, as apparently there are production constraints as well as the expected decrease from the announcement of an updated version)
- BMW i3 - 1,867 (sales are strong and 75% were BEVs)
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - 1,165 (relatively strong, considering a new version is coming)
- smart fortwo ED - 1,143 (the new smart is apparently battery constrained with a 9-month lead times)
Nissan LEAF, with 548 in January, will join as the engine of growth in February.
Porsche Panamera PHEV (678) is apparently battery constrained.
Even the Opel Ampera-e hit its all-time high of 335.
Comparison of plug-in car sales in Europe and U.S.
Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – January 2018
Source: EV Sales Blog