Pure Electric Car Sales In Western Europe Hits Record Of Nearly 12,000 In March

APR 27 2016 BY MARK KANE 18

Nissan LEAFs and e-NV200

Nissan LEAFs and e-NV200

Nearly 12,000 BEVs sold in Europe in March 2016 (source: EagleAID)

Nearly 12,000 BEVs sold in Europe in March 2016 (source: EagleAID)

Great news comes from sales stats for Western Europe.

All-electric car sales hit its highest ever result in March of 11,935!

And that still doesn’t include thousands of plug-in hybrids.

As always, EagleAID comes to the rescue of our enthusiasm with an explanation why that best-ever result (and the skyrocketing chart to the right) isn’t all that good:

(last month EagleAID noted a “sudden loss of steam” and had a “downbeat view” of the overall situation)

“Electric car sales in Western Europe, excluding plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) last month reached the highest-ever level for any month on record, but the rate of growth slowed sharply to the lowest level for sixteen months

AID’s exclusively compiled sales numbers show that West Europe’s electric car sales in March rose 12.2 per cent to a highest-ever 11,935 units, boosted once more by a more than doubling in registrations in France’s heavily subsidised electric car market.

Compared with last year’s very low base, strong percentage gains in some of the region’s middle ranked markets such as Austria and Belgium for instance helped compensate for a sudden setback in Norway, where electric car sales in March plunged by almost a quarter.

In Germany’s still totally unsubsidised market (EagleAID published this report just hours too early to note the introduction of a new massive German plan), electric car sales in March fell 9 per cent and rose by just 2.1 per cent to 2,689 during this year’s first quarter.

This could be attributable in part to German consumers postponing their electric car purchases in anticipation of a likely €5,000 electric car subsidy from the middle of this year…”

Ah, EagleAID, you make us smile.  See you next month for more positivity!

Source: EagleAID

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18 Comments on "Pure Electric Car Sales In Western Europe Hits Record Of Nearly 12,000 In March"

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Nice! I’ve long wondered why EV sales in Europe were always so tepid given the high price of gasoline in Europe. It looks like they are seeing the appeal now.

The price for electricity is in parts of Europe extremly high.

For example Germany: The subsidy for the renewables plus serveral taxes raises the price for electricity to € 0,25 – 0,30 per kWh for the typical household. And there are NO discounts for the night, the price is allways the same, day and night.
This includes 0,06 € direct subsidy plus about 0,06 € for the additional expenses for the grid as many new transmission lines are necessary for the renewables. On top of this comes 2% electricity tax and 19% VAT. That´s about 0,15 € additional costs ONLY for the circa 20% renewables.

You pay VAT on everything, that has nothing to do with subsidizing renewables, and the electricity tax is for all electricity.

Reading is not your strong suit. Pasinger clearly said: “The subsidy for the renewables plus several taxes raises the price for electricity. . .”

The so-called EEG-Umlage for financing renewables is 6.35 cents per kWh for 2016.

Not 15 cents.

And what many people don’t know is that households and small businesses are on their own bearing this the burden. Large companies, that use the majority of electricity in Germany, are almost totally left off the hook.

@arne-nl: We pay additional so called “Netzentgelte” (grid payments), about 7 cents (5 cents more compared to the year 2000), because even the electrical connection and the transformer stations of the offshore windparks have to be payed by the consumer. And of course many more transformer stations and transmission lines for all the other solar and wind parcs.
Together about 11 cents more, and this is taxed by 19% VAT.
(6.35 + 5) * 1,19
Therefore these subsidies are more than half of the electricity price for private consumers.

“I’ve long wondered why EV sales in Europe were always so tepid given the high price of gasoline in Europe”.

Reply: diesel cars penetration (50%), EV’s performances are excellent in city driving but still really bad on highways compared to diesels. So EV’s so far only find their market in cities (except perhaps for Teslas but still, you usually find them on highways as the slow EUR100K car on the right lane in between the trucks while little diesel cars zip them by in the left lane).

What are you talking about? First you act as if only Teslas are highway capable which is a load of BS, and then you generalise that Tesla drivers are always slow and going along with the trucks?

Where’s your evidence? I find LEAF and Prius drivers are often slow but Tesla drivers around here are pretty quick, they’re usually doing 70 or 80 mph in the overtaking lane.

Sorry to disturb your picture, but 80 mph (130 km/h) is average speed here if you don’t count trucks.

Leafs with 80 mph are not really slow, but also not fast.

This is no scientific observation of course. Now if I was a EV driver in a hurry on the highway, I would:

1/ (if for a small trip) floor it.

2/ (if for a long trip) reduce my speed as not willing to increase time at the charger thus finding the best compromise, probably 65mph. That is approx. 15 mph below speed I on highways around here.

Above 2 is probably the reason of behaviour I observed, then again I did not stop them to ask.

Americans didn’t buy old Leaf and Volt because new GenII Volt was coming. Now they don’t buy GenII Volt because Bolt is coming despite the fact that they are not direct competitors.
I expect that Bolt won’t have a succes because Model 3 is coming.
And so on..

Maybe auto companies can offer a buy-back option like Best Buy.
(I always chuckle when the little girl says “You got the wrong TV silly head”)

Haha, +1 on that one. You hit the nail on the head.

In fact, as soon as I get less busy, I plan to write a little post for this site on the phenomenon.

Ah ah ah! “Eagle AID, always looking at bright side of (EV’s) Life”


It is funny Jose, if they weren’t so darn pessimistic in the face of any result, we probably wouldn’t even notice them.

It is our guilty pleasure to tease them, (=

Add another 13-14k PHEVs sold to that and it’s starting to look good.

Lots of markets around 2% EV sales now. Hopefully the pace can be kept so we will see closer to 4% this time next year.

With the Leaf 2.0 next year (?) to come, the Zoe battery upgrade soon to come, this should be possible. :o)

BEV marketshare in europe now at 0.68%