Electric vehicle registrations in Europe rose by more than 60.9% in 2014, as compared to 2013, according to recent figures.
Overall, 65,199 electric cars + commercial vehicles were registered in Europe during 2014 — representing a significant increase over the previous year, which saw 42,194 electric vehicles (EV) sold. Of those 65,199 EVs registered in 2014, more than half were in just two countries — Norway and France.
Of those two, Norway unsurprisingly took the top spot (with the top-notch incentives and awareness there, how could it not?), with 18,649 registrations in 2014 — roughly double 2013’s figures. So, what that means, is that more than 10% of all the vehicles sold in Norway in 2014 were EVs (again, not surprising, when some months saw 14% or 15% of sales going to EVs).
As stated before, France was the runner-up (despite being a far more populous country), with 15,046 EVs registered in 2014; followed by Germany with 8,804; and the UK with 7,370.
Considering that Norway is home to only ~5 million people; and France to ~66 million, Germany to ~80 million, and the UK to ~64 million; those numbers really show the disparity that can be caused by strong incentives (and a rather notably wealthier citizenry, of course…).
That said, the UK actually saw pretty good growth — with sales volumes roughly tripling in 2014, as compared to 2013.
As far as which manufacturers did the best, the answer isn’t exactly surprising — Nissan-Renault took the top easily with 14,385 Nissan LEAFs registered in 2014, and 10,980 Renault ZOEs. Tesla Motors did quite well, though — with 8,744 vehicles registered — despite production limitations. Following those three was the BMW i3 (with 5,620); and the Volkswagen e-up! (with 5,170).
The commercial market saw the Nissan e-NV200 and the Kangoo ZE land a good number of sales, as well.
2015 looks pretty likely to see continued growth in the portions of the European market that have been seeing growth in recent years. The relatively untapped portions, though, aren’t really showing any signs of awakening.
Images by (and a big thanks to) Avere-France