Plug-In Electric Car Registrations Up 78.4% In First Half Of 2015 In EU

AUG 4 2015 BY MARK KANE 11

Data on alternative fuel vehicle registrations in Europe released by ACEA for the second quarter of 2015 brings good news.

In Q2, registrations of passenger plug-ins grew by 53% to 27,575 in EU and by 106% in EFTA (Norway and Switzerlands) to 8,914 and 1,756 respectively.

“In the second quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle registrations in the EU increased (+17.4%), totalling 143,595. Of these, electric vehicle (EV) registrations significantly grew (+53.0%), rising from 18,024 units in Q2 2014 to 27,575 units in Q2 2015. Demand for new hybrid vehicles (HEV) also increased (+22.6%), totalling 53,443 units. 62,577 new passenger cars in the second quarter (+3.0%) were powered by propane and natural gas.

Looking at the EU’s major markets, the UK saw the largest increase of AFVs registered over the period (+62.4%), followed by France (+59.7%) and Spain (+58.0%). Among the EFTA countries, demand was primarily driven by Norway (+74.1%), with 11,614 vehicles registered, 77% of which electrically powered.”

New alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations in the EU by engine type

New alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) registrations in the EU by engine type

Average growth for EU+EFTA for the six-month period stands at 76.9% with 72,741 total new registrations and Norway being the largest market.

150,000 plug-in is the target for this year in Europe, we believe.

Here is a detailed comparison:

EV Registrations in Europe in Q2 2015

EV Registrations in Europe in Q2 2015

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11 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Registrations Up 78.4% In First Half Of 2015 In EU"

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Congrats bulgaria to 900% increase 🙂

Hmm… Most numbers for Q1-Q2 2015 seem to be fairly correct. But the number for the Netherlands seem to be way off.

6730 sales? I don’t buy that for one second…

According to there was 11991 sold in Neatherlands the first half of the year so something seems to be wrong.

You are right, according with official PEV registrations in the Netherlands just accounting for PHEVs a total of 10,290 (47,227 – 36,937) were sold in the first half, plus 1,600 electric cars, totalis a figure pretty close to EV-Sales.

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Notice how nowadays the European is beating the U.S. market.

Even with the wrong number, there were 72K plug-in cars sold in Europe versus 54K in the U.S., a nice 33% difference (which becomes 43% if adjusting for the error in the Netherlands figures). China is also getting close.

After more than four years leading the world’s PEV segment sales it seems the U.S. is running out of juice. Could the new 2016 models provide the additional energy. I guess we will have to wait until next year, this year is poised to be dominated by Europe and China.

Well . . . they should. Their gas is so expensive there.

Right. If European PEV sales are finally exceeding American sales, the question should not be “Why is this happening?”, but rather “Why did it take so long?”

Gas prices and faster charging infrastructure lead by countries are really driving sales. If the USA had a coast to coast network that all EVs could use it would be a line of orders like Tesla has for every kind of car almost.

Actually, it seems that the primary driver of PEV sales are government incentives. Note particularly the high sales in Georgia… and how they’ve recently dropped off, along with the disappearance of the Georgia State subsidy.

And the reason for the sudden upsurge in PEV sales in Europe coincides with a few nations finally instituting government incentives for PEVs.

It seems bizarre to me that a few thousand dollars would be the primary driver of sales, considering the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is more and more favorable to BEVs. But car buying decisions are only about half rational, and half emotional. Apparently the concept of “getting something for nothing” in a rebate or incentive affects the emotional part of that decision-making process much more than it affects the rational one.

I think the high price of gas is the major reason for more EV purchases. They may also drive shorter distances. I think in the future Europe will have a majority EVs. America will maybe have 5%.

The higher price of gas is a fairly small reason. You have to consider that since the price has been high for so long most cars are small, light and very fuel efficient and not driven that far.

So it’s much more likely that the gas price will be a factor in the US where almost everyone is driving around in a large and heavy gas guzzler for very long distances.

The three main reasons are rather:

1. Incentives

2. Incentives

3. Environmental awareness (a european is much more likely to buy an EV even when it comes with a TCO price premium)