Top All-Electric Cars & Largest BEV Markets In Europe For 2017

FEB 23 2018 BY MARK KANE 11

Largest BEV Markets In Europe – 2017 (source:

Almost 150,000 new all-electric cars were sold in 2017 in Europe, which is 43.9% more than the year prior when sales barely exceeded 100,000.

In less than 10 years, European sales of all-electric cars exceeded 500,000 (501,798) and hopefully we should reach 1 million before the end of 2019. An additional million should come from plug-in hybrids.

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – December 2017

Here is the list of top BEV markets in Europe:

  1. Norway – 33,791 (up 39.5%)
  2. France – 30,921 (up 13.2%)
  3. Germany – 28,493 (up 109.2%)
  4. UK – 14,681 (up 31.2%)
  5. Netherlands – 8,468 (up 99.5%)
  6. Austria – 5,657 (up 29.5%)
  7. Switzerland – 5,188 (up 57.4%)
  8. Spain – 4,581 (up 67.7%)
  9. Sweden – 4,581 (up 40.7%)
  10. Belgium – 2,822 (up 29.0%)
  11. Italy – 2,493 (up 37.1%)
  12. Denmark – 751 (down 41.1%)

As you can see, Norway + France + Germany holds 62.5% of all BEV sales in Europe.

In model rank, we noticed that the four most popular BEVs took 52% of all sales. Nissan LEAF (#2) declined slightly in 2017, but it was because the new generation is coming this year.

  1. Renault ZOE – 31,302
  2. Nissan LEAF – 17,293
  3. BMW i3 (excluding REx) – 14,785
  4. Tesla Model S – 14,319
  5. Volkswagen e-Golf – 12,663
  6. Tesla Model X – 10,396
  7. Hyundai IONIQ Electric – 5,872
  8. Kia Soul EV – 5,482
  9. Nissan e-NV200 – 4,419
  10. smart fortwo ED – 4,239
  11. Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 4,232
  12. Volkswagen e-up! – 2,981
  13. Mercedes B-Class ED – 2,639
  14. Opel Ampera-e – 1,942
  15. smart forfour ED – 1,423
  16. Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 439

TOP All-Electric Cars In Europe – 2017 (source:


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11 Comments on "Top All-Electric Cars & Largest BEV Markets In Europe For 2017"

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Italy is PERFECT for EV, what’s the Problem?

Well, it did go up 37%.

Why did Denmark go down?

They rolled back incentives which caused a spike late 2016 (right before the cut-off) and a subsequent collapse of sales in 2017. Things should return to normal this year, but might take a while to beat 2016 numbers.

Almost correct but unfortunately the decline in Denmark happened already in 2016, when taxes on EVs, especially Teslas, were reintroduced, although they were still much lower than on ICE cars. ICE cars to the contrary had their taxes reduced since then, so the EVs are still considered relatively expensive and buyers are still too conservative. But that will also change here, as the charging infratructure is not bad in most areas. It is however expensive to be a first mover, when you know EVs are improved faster than ICE and next years model will probably have a longer range, etc.

It is also interesting to look at prices for electricity, the private household is overcharged if you compare to company price.

price for company 0.082 EUR per kWh
price for household 0.305 EUR per kWh

Cost. Italy is pretty poor. Electric vespas on the other hand would probably sell well. 🙂

What a shame for Spain, being behind of countries having greater population in a factor of 10. We are just ignoring this great chance to move our energy model to all those sustainable electric sources that we could so easily get.

Are there any government incentives (national/community/city)? Those are pretty much required for EV adoption at this point.

They’ve been, but all of them quite short of budget. So, right after one appear it is burst within hours and dissapear, and people can’t know whether they will have any other program any time soon. That kind of scenario makes hard to a potential buyer to plan buying anything related to EVs. But there are many other reasons.

It would appear Germany will blow past Norway this year in total sales. More BMW failure and VW vaporware causing it.

Remember that at least 25% of the sales in Germany are day one registrations immediately exported to Norway; a lot of Nissan Leaf, VW eGolf and BWM i3 due to lack of availability in Norway/lower price in Germany. And nearly all Kia Soul EV’s as Kia Europe limits the sale of Kia EV’s to Norway to be a certain fraction of Kia ICE sales (Kia sell few ICE but a lot of Soul EV’s).

All Smart EV’s and Zoe’s sold in Germany remain there as they aren’t that popular in Norway, the Smart due to lack of fast charging, Zoe due to compatibility issues with Norwegian electricity grid (IT)