Nissan LEAF and Renault ZOE Lead EV Sales in Europe Through First 9 Months of 2013

NOV 25 2013 BY MARK KANE 11

The European EV market has been growing nonstop for a few years now and after the first 9 months of 2013, is on the level of 24,000 or so passenger EVs.

As we can see from the table below, most of these EVs sold in Europe are Nissan LEAFs and Renault Zoe (together 14,282 units).

Where the ZOE is a newcomer, the LEAF is still seeing sales growth. We hope to see both EVs sell over 10,000 units in Europe this year and then who knows – maybe 20,000 in 2014?

Sadly, not all EVs are seeing growing sales and the increase for the LEAF is partially negated by a drop in sales of other models.

Sales of i-MiEV, C-Zero and iOn is almost 5,000 units lower than the previous year. Counting these three cars as one (produced in the same facility in Japan) i-MiEV had 6,171 sales through 9 months last year and was the best seller until Nissan finally slashed the price of the LEAF and Renault introduced ZOE.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Volt’s sister, Opel Ampera, is on the decline too.

Unfortunately, data is missing or incomplete on the rest of the EVs sold in Europe (as more than 1,000 Tesla Model S sedans have been sold and quite likely the Volvo V60 plug-in would be near the top of the list).

EV sales in Europe – 9 months 2013

EV sales in Europe – 9 months 2013

*Data accounts most models sold in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Source: Best Selling Cars

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11 Comments on "Nissan LEAF and Renault ZOE Lead EV Sales in Europe Through First 9 Months of 2013"

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These figures are missing two important players, the Volvo V60 plug-in and the PiP. Both have been outselling the Ampera during 2013. Just in the Netherlans over 3,000 Volvos hable been registered in 2013 through October, see here:


I would consider the Smart ED even more important then the PiP for Europe.


So sales of plug-ins in Europe are up, despite the worst economy since the Great Depression.

Suprise Cat

Central- and North- and East Europe don’t have any economy crisis. Germany’s stock index DAX is hitting one all time high after another.


I guess Zoe is not doing well, if Leaf is outselling it.

Ocean Railroader

I think a lot has to do with the Nissan Leaf being bigger then several of these cars in terms of of inside room. Not to mention the leaf as gone though a major price cut compared to a lot of the others and is cheaper across the board.

It’s really basic supply and demand along with pricing.


I wonder how the Spark EV would sell in Europe. Priced cheaper then the Leaf or Zoe, and with a bigger range, seems like it would be popular. It’s smaller, but that would help w/parking.

Suprise Cat

But there are very few Chevrolet dealers in Europe.


Yeah, it was more of a hypothetical. We can’t even get in the rest of the US, and there’s dealers everywhere.


“Priced cheaper than the Leaf or Zoe”
That’s a big IF…


Some quick math, the Spark EV is $2k cheaper than the Leaf in the US. And the Leaf in Europe is 26K Euro. So lets assume the Spark EV price would be 26K Euro – $2000 USD (1500 Euro) = 24,500 Euro. The Zoe cost 21K Euro, but you have to lease the battery for 70 euro/month. So after 4 years it’s break even. After that, the Spark EV is cheaper.