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15 Interesting Europe Electric Car Charts

  • Published on May 30th, 2016 by

The European Alternative Fuels Observatory recently reached out to let me know about the fascinating electric car data it aggregates and organizes for the European market. Its website is a treasure trove of fun electric car sales charts and tables. I just picked out 15 of my favorites for this article.

Top-Selling Fully Electric Cars

Europe BEV 2016 April
Across Europe, the big winners in the pure-EV market are the Nissan LEAF and Renault Zoe. The Tesla Model S is solidly at #3, the Volkswagen e-Golf at #4, and the BMW i3 at #5.

For the plug-in vehicle market as a whole, market share for the top pure EVs for 2016 so far is as follows:

  • Nissan LEAF = 13.1%
  • Renault Zoe = 11.9%
  • Tesla Model S = 7.2%
  • Volkswagen e-Golf = 4.7%
  • BMW i3 = 3.3% (note that the i3 reaches 5.5% if you add in the REx)
  • Kia Soul = 2.3%
  • Mercedes B250e = 1.6%
  • Volkswagen e-Up! = 1.3%
  • Peugeot iOn = 1.2%
  • Citroen C-Zero = 0.9%
  • Others = 1.8%

Top-Selling Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars

Europe PHEV 2016 April
The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid dominates the European PHEV market (which seems to be a repeated cause of delay for its entry into the US market — combined with limited supply, of course). While very different vehicles, the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Volvo XC90 T8 are closely competing for #2. With a solid hold on #4, it’s worth noting the Audi A3 e-tron is essentially the same car as the Volkswagen Golf GTE.

For the plug-in vehicle market as a whole, market share for the top pure EVs for 2016 so far is as follows:

  • Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid = 13.1%
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE = 6.3%
  • Volvo XC90 T8 = 5.7%
  • Audi A3 e-Tron = 4.8%
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE = 3.4%
  • BMW X5 xDrive 40e = 3.4%
  • Mercedes C350e = 2.7%
  • BMW i3 REx = 2.2% (note that the i3 reaches 5.5% if you add in the pure-electric i3)
  • Volvo V60 T8 = 1.9%
  • BMW 225xe Active Tourer = 1.6%
  • Others = 5.5%

Top Electric Car Countries (EV Market Share within Country)

Top EV countries market share
Norway = 30.4% | Sweden = 2.9% | Netherlands = 2.5% | Iceland = 2.5% | Switzerland = 1.9% | Average = 1.4%


 


EV Market Share Across Europe (EU + EFTA + Turkey)

Overall EV Market Share Europe 2016 April


Top-Selling EV Models In Germany

Germany Top EV Models
It’s a bit surprising to see that the top 3 pure EVs are non-German models. I guess that demonstrates well the global competitiveness of the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S.

I’m very curious to see how the rankings change following the implementation of Germany’s new EV & PHEV subsidies. For now, here’s how the plug-in vehicle (PEV) market as a whole splits out (apologies that I do not have the full data for the models in the “other” categories):

Make Model YTD 2016 Share PEV market YTD 2015 2015 Total 2015 Share PEV market
Renault Zoe 822 11,1% 282 1787 7,7%
Volkswagen Golf GTE 604 8,2% 772 2062 8,9%
Nissan Leaf 586 7,9% 494 948 4,1%
Audi A3 e-Tron 581 7,9% 543 1854 8,0%
Tesla Model S 482 6,5% 380 1582 6,8%
Volkswagen Passat GTE 475 6,4% 17 1001 4,3%
BMW i3 Rex 474 6,4% 478 1331 5,7%
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 416 5,6% 688 2138 9,2%
Mercedes C350e 287 3,9% 0 476 2,1%
Volvo XC90 T8 270 3,7% 0 77 0,3%
Volkswagen e-Golf 235 3,2% 372 1031 4,4%
BMW i3 216 2,9% 223 925 4,0%
BMW 225xe Active Tourer 215 2,9% 8 98 0,4%
Audi Q7 e-Tron 189 2,6% 22 155 0,7%
Volkswagen e-Up! 187 2,5% 184 534 2,3%
Kia Soul EV 132 1,8% 311 3839 16,6%
Porsche Cayenne PHEV 131 1,8% 121 356 1,5%
Mercedes B250e 116 1,6% 160 485 2,1%
Smart Fortwo ED 51 0,7% 335 676 2,9%
Nissan e-NV200 Evalia 37 0,5% 55 120 0,5%
Other PHEVs / 794 10,8% 566 1563 6,7%
Other Pure EVs / 66 0,9% 40 155 0,7%

Top-Selling EV Models In France

France EV Sales
As you can see, the French Renault Zoe still dominates the EV market in France. Also, while the Peugeot iOn is basically the same car as the original Mitsubishi i-MiEV, it sells pretty well, and the quite-basic Bollore Blue Car holds onto the #4 spot in the pure-EV market despite not really having a presence outside of France. I presume it is largely used for the French carsharing company from the billionaire Bollore founder.

Here’s how the French PEV market as a whole splits out (apologies that I do not have the full data for the models in the “other” categories):

Make Model YTD 2016 Share PEV market YTD 2015 2015 Total 2015 Share PEV market
Renault Zoe 4275 39,0% 2801 10408 45,7%
Nissan Leaf 1668 15,2% 755 2222 9,8%
Volkswagen Golf GTE 477 4,4% 316 1695 7,4%
Peugeot iOn 460 4,2% 70 725 3,2%
Bollore Blue Car 374 3,4% 341 1191 5,2%
Volvo XC90 T8 341 3,1% 0 0 0,0%
Audi A3 e-Tron 322 2,9% 316 1129 5,0%
Kia Soul EV 316 2,9% 127 485 2,1%
BMW i3 Rex 307 2,8% 195 446 2,0%
BMW X5 xDrive 40e 259 2,4% 0 208 0,9%
Citroen C-Zero 248 2,3% 52 397 1,7%
Tesla Model S 245 2,2% 144 708 3,1%
BMW 225xe Active Tourer 214 2,0% 0 0 0,0%
Citroen e-Mehari 175 1,6% 0 0 0,0%
Porsche Cayenne PHEV 168 1,5% 47 496 2,2%
BMW i3 144 1,3% 72 279 1,2%
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 132 1,2% 217 912 4,0%
BMW 330e 120 1,1% 0 0 0,0%
Bollore Blue Car Golia 93 0,8% 0 0 0,0%
Mercedes C350e 90 0,8% 4 77 0,3%
Other PHEVs / 295 2,7% 107 557 2,4%
Other Pure EVs / 235 2,1% 241 852 3,7%

Top-Selling EV Models In Netherlands

Netherlands EV Sales
Tesla is clearly king in the pure-EV market in the Netherlands, and the Volvo XC90 T8 now is in the PHEV market.

Here’s how the Dutch PEV market as a whole splits out (apologies that I do not have the full data for the models in the “other” categories and some “unknown” models):

Make Model YTD 2016 Share PEV market YTD 2015 2015 Total 2015 Share PEV market
Tesla Model S 665 20,7% 473 1737 3,9%
Volvo XC90 T8 639 19,9% 0 2494 5,6%
Nissan Leaf 309 9,6% 199 336 0,8%
BMW 330e 278 8,7% 0 70 0,2%
Volkswagen Passat GTE 224 7,0% 0 3299 7,4%
Mercedes C350e 138 4,3% 45 4226 9,5%
Unknown BEV Model 119 3,7% 0 0 0,0%
BMW 225xe Active Tourer 92 2,9% 0 165 0,4%
Renault Zoe 83 2,6% 101 276 0,6%
Volkswagen Golf GTE 83 2,6% 1938 8405 18,9%
Volvo V60 T8 82 2,6% 1121 4768 10,7%
Mercedes B250e 67 2,1% 16 163 0,4%
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 66 2,1% 1624 8781 19,8%
BMW i3 62 1,9% 33 138 0,3%
Unknown PHEV Model 47 1,5% 0 0 0,0%
Volkswagen e-Golf 33 1,0% 41 72 0,2%
Porsche Cayenne PHEV 33 1,0% 343 1229 2,8%
Volkswagen e-Up! 32 1,0% 53 82 0,2%
Kia Soul EV 17 0,5% 14 66 0,1%
Peugeot iOn 8 0,2% 2 4 0,0%
Other PHEVs / 114 3,6% 1196 7853 17,7%
Other Pure EVs / 6 0,2% 203 284 0,6%

Top-Selling EV Models In Norway

Norway EV Sales
More mature than other EV markets, the market share of EV models is also more spread out, but the e-Golf, Leaf, Outlander PHEV, and Golf GTE have a clear hold on the top 4 spots.

Here’s how the Norwegian PEV market as a whole splits out (apologies that I do not have the full data for the models in the “other” categories):

Make Model YTD 2016 Share PEV market YTD 2015 2015 Total 2015 Share PEV market
Volkswagen e-Golf 2264 14,6% 3476 8943 25,1%
Nissan Leaf 2086 13,4% 1249 3189 9,0%
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 1832 11,8% 546 2875 8,1%
Volkswagen Golf GTE 1552 10,0% 175 2000 5,6%
BMW i3 935 6,0% 438 2368 6,6%
Audi A3 e-Tron 812 5,2% 551 1684 4,7%
Tesla Model S 801 5,2% 1762 4039 11,3%
Renault Zoe 769 4,9% 515 1634 4,6%
Kia Soul EV 686 4,4% 212 2866 8,0%
Volkswagen Passat GTE 618 4,0% 0 85 0,2%
BMW X5 xDrive 40e 471 3,0% 0 63 0,2%
Volkswagen e-Up! 426 2,7% 620 1507 4,2%
Mercedes B250e 419 2,7% 230 1352 3,8%
Volvo V60 T8 344 2,2% 176 835 2,3%
Mercedes C350e 292 1,9% 0 101 0,3%
Volvo XC90 T8 284 1,8% 0 2 0,0%
BMW 225xe Active Tourer 240 1,5% 0 3 0,0%
Peugeot iOn 151 1,0% 262 570 1,6%
Nissan e-NV200 Evalia 110 0,7% 121 263 0,7%
Mercedes GLE500e 78 0,5% 0 18 0,1%
Other PHEVs / 202 1,3% 53 153 0,4%
Other Pure EVs / 167 1,1% 292 1061 3,0%

Top-Selling EV Models In UK

UK EV Sales
The UK EV market is still dominated by two models — the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Limited reporting (or data collection) from official sources present a bit of a challenge too, as quite a few sales are attributed to an “unknown” model.

Here’s how the British PEV market as a whole splits out:

Make Model YTD 2016 Share PEV Market YTD 2015 2015 Total 2015 Share PEV Market
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4906 37,5% 5300 11681 42,0%
Nissan Leaf 1547 11,8% 1798 5236 18,8%
Unknown BEV Model 781 6,0% 0 0 0,0%
Volkswagen Golf GTE 775 5,9% 40 1587 5,7%
Volvo XC90 T8 650 5,0% 0 0 0,0%
Audi A3 e-Tron 600 4,6% 309 1404 5,0%
BMW X5 xDrive 40e 600 4,6% 0 0 0,0%
Renault Zoe 555 4,2% 358 2053 7,4%
Tesla Model S 479 3,7% 280 838 3,0%
Mercedes C350e 375 2,9% 0 130 0,5%
BMW i3 250 1,9% 295 744 2,7%
BMW i8 230 1,8% 359 930 3,3%
BMW i3 Rex 225 1,7% 409 1557 5,6%
Mercedes B250e 115 0,9% 39 207 0,7%
Volvo V60 T8 108 0,8% 53 117 0,4%
Porsche Cayenne PHEV 100 0,8% 80 245 0,9%
Kia Soul EV 60 0,5% 25 109 0,4%
Nissan e-NV200 Evalia 50 0,4% 25 89 0,3%
Volkswagen e-Golf 25 0,2% 49 79 0,3%
Renault Fluence ZE 10 0,1% 0 0 0,0%
Other PHEVs / 180 1,4% 417 741 2,7%
Other Pure EVs / 5 0,0% 40 63 0,2%

Top-Selling Light Commercial EVs

Top Light Commercial EVs Europe 2016 April
I think this one is straightforward enough, eh?

All images via EAFO


 

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  • Sergio Fernandez

    Are the 2016 charts from Jan to May?