Report: 250,000 Plug-In Hybrids To Be Sold Annually In Europe By 2018

2 years ago by Mark Kane 6

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Plug-in hybrid sales in Europe in 2015 (source: Automotive News Europe, JATO Dynamics data)

Plug-in hybrid sales in Europe in 2015 (source: Automotive News Europe, JATO Dynamics data)

According to the LMC Automotive, sales of hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars in Europe will triple from about 300,000 and exceed 750,000 in the next three years.

Of that number, some 250,000 should be plug-in hybrids by 2018, while in 2015 an increase of 163% was noted, up to 96,451.

Of note:  Our own records noted that total new plug-in registrations (BEV + PHEV) in Europe tallied some ~195,100 sales in 2015

The big kick behind PHEV sales are incentives, in the Netherlands for example savings could amount to €7,000 a year.

The path of growth seems to remain unthreatened because even without incentives, governments are continually setting tougher emission limits.

The top selling PHEV in Europe continues to be the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, but the Mitsu will probably soon will see a lot more contenders for the sales crown, as other, larger carmakers get more serious about the segment.  Volkswagen in the near future will introduce on the market Tiguan GTE for example.

Best selling plug-in hybrids in Europe in 2015 (source: Automotive News Europe, JATO Dynamics data)

Best selling plug-in hybrids in Europe in 2015 (source: Automotive News Europe, JATO Dynamics data)

source: Automotive News Europe

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6 responses to "Report: 250,000 Plug-In Hybrids To Be Sold Annually In Europe By 2018"

  1. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Of course incentives matters for something that cost more today than comparable ICE cars…

  2. Very Short sighted. The relative value of Plug-In Hybrids will dramatically decrease with the increase in range of various pure EVs. People can’t seem to get their head around the impact these technological advances.
    The only possible niche will be the gaps in the pure EV model line up. Hopefully, that will fill in quickly also.
    Plug-In Hybrids may be the gateway drug to pure EVs, but their shelf-life is going to be extremely limited.

  3. Mr. M says:

    And by 2022 there will be a marketshare of at least 25% EVs combined. Making at least 3.5 million cars.

    And with 5% PHEV/20% BEV estimated, there will be 0.7 million PHEV sold in 2022.

    1. Mikael says:

      It will rather be the other way around. 20-25% PHEV and 5-10% BEV.

      1. mr. M says:

        Yes, at first i thought so too. Because a PHEV is a “no compromise” version.

        But since there are so many rumours regarding long range (200+ real world miles) BEVs from Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW for 2018+ and with battery prices declining fast, the BEV will always be cheaper to produce and hence will have a cheaper price tag than the PHEV.

        Therefore is think more people will opt for the BEVs than for the PHEV.

        Remember that i speak about a 2022 scenario. I expect battery cells to be around 100€/kWh and battery pack around 125€/kWh in 2022. Making the cost of a 60kWh BEV roughly equal or cheaper than a PHEV setup.

        1. Mikael says:

          It will still the other way around…

          It’s the big sellers getting slightly electrified that will make the big impact in sales numbers.

          BEVs will unfortunately be limited in models available, numbers sold, range, charging possibilities even in the beginning of the 2020’s.

          Somewhere between 2025-2030 zero-emisison vehicles will start to catch up in sales compared to PHEVs in Europe.

          Hopefully BEVs can be a million out of the ~4 million plugins needed by then.