Pure Electric Car Sales In Western Europe Grow To 3,880 In April

MAY 26 2014 BY MARK KANE 13

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According to the latest Eagle AID report entitled “Painfully slow electric car take-up runs into April” EV sales in Western Europe grew by  ~50% year over year in April, reaching a new high of 3,880 registrations (and this does not account for plug-in hybrids, which contribute a few thousand additional units to the sales total).

Additionally, the electric car market share increased to 0.4% during April 2014, but Eagle AID sees that this is mainly due to Norway 10.4%, without which sales in Western Europe would be 0.25% (increase from 0.21% in April 2013).

Three markets – Norway, Germany and France – control 70% of the European EV market (Norway with 1,260 units sold controls one third):

“April’s combined electric car registration total in the three markets of Norway, Germany and France reached 2,680 units.”

“The remaining thirteen West European markets monitored every month by AID’s trend-watchers shared the remaining 1,200 electric cars first registered in the entire region last month.”

Eagle AID adds:

“April’s electric car performance in West Europe’s major markets was judged disappointing by all those betting on a big initial splash from recent sector newcomers.

That’s chiefly BMW’s i3 and Volkswagen’s eUp. Perhaps the biggest upset for the region’s already anxious electric car industry, April registrations in France slipped from last year’s already low same month level to just 821 units. Germany’s April electric car story was equally uninspiring.”

In Germany, registrations rose year over year by approximately 20% from 495 in April 2013 to 599 in April 2014. In France, sales fell from 940 to 821.

Source: Eagle AID

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Yesterday in Norway: New world record for Largest EV parade


Europe has reached Peak-Oil in 2001. Currently we get 47% fewer Oil out of Europe than 2001. The dependency raises. Time will judge. The problem is: If demand raises exponentially no one can deliver 1-3 Million 100% EVs per Jear just for Europe (which is not much)

Yeah . . . it is kinda crazy. Why be beholden to Vladimir Putin and the volatile middle-East when you can harvest hydropower in Norway, solar power in Spain, and wind power from all across the European continent. And those nuclear power reactors in France should have plenty of excess power at night for charging up cars.

My harvest in solar energy here in northern Germany is average 9300 kWh per year. ZOE needs 2800 kWh per year. The SUN is enough.

If only more people did like you. Especially in a country like Germany with it’s extreme pollution from coal power.

We had a strong growth in Energy Production of renewables. They had 27% in 1st quarter. So coal is used much less. And we are just in the beginning of “Energiewende”. No one really wants coal, gas, oil or nuclear power for electricity. Oil for example makes more sense in medicine than burning ist.

The amount of power coming from coal hasn’t been changing much in Germany. And I’m afraid you won’t stop until you have used every piece of coal from your mines.

I hope 2014 will tell another story and that we will see some actual reduction in power from coal, some coal power plants closed (and no new one opened!) and maybe even some mine closed. I know that is very optimistic but hopefully soon words will be put into action.

True. A coal power plant whose installation cost energy suppliers a fortune won’t be closed from one day to the other just because renewables are coming. However energy suppliers are suffering bad for thousands of Joe Bloggs installing solar panels on their roof mean stiff competition. Installing new coal power plants is no longer profitable in Germany.

Westphalen Hamm block E and D, both 750 MW hard coal, will open this year. In December, Trianel Lünen, 750 MW hard coal, was opened, operating this year the first time for the full year.

How big is your system? What direction is it facing? Angle? Or is it on a tracker? I’m very curious. That is a great about of solar PV for northern Germany.

I would say two words: Very good 🙂

How is your pv aray sett up?
I am planing to install solar on my own roof (in stockholm, sweden) i expect to gett abitt more than 4000 kWh / year,

50% y-o-y sales increase, but you can trust Eagle AID to serve it with a good dose of vinegar.