Europe EV Sales Update (October Sales)
As always, let me note that these numbers are not official, comprehensive, or accurate. Nobody reports official, comprehensive EV sales numbers for Europe, and it’s even very hard to find a single country that comprehensively reports them. Nonetheless, Jose Pontes puts in a lot of work to track down EV sales numbers for a large number of countries, and the numbers below come from his latest monthly roundup for Europe.
Being close to the end of the year, the top two positions look set for the year as a whole, barring something shocking. The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in has a strong lead at #1, and the Nissan LEAF is safely in the #2 spot.
#3, 4, and 5 are still very close, however. The Tesla Model S, BMW i3, and Renault Zoe have been swapping places here and there, and they ended October with minimal difference between them (7280, 7400, and 8164 European sales, respectively).
For the month of October, which seems like ages ago now, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in was far ahead of the pack (2065 sales, 24% of the market). Second, this month, was actually the Renault ZOE (1320, 15%) rather than its more well-traveled cousin, the Nissan LEAF (14%, 1209). The BMW took the #4 spot with 745 sales and 9% market share, while the Volvo V60 Plug-in landed #5 with 544 sales and 6% market share.
You might notice that the Tesla Model S was way down the list, but this is presumably because of Tesla’s odd delivery schedule, which sees cars shipped to North American customers one month, European customers another month, and Asian customers yet another month. It is part of being a small manufacturer and one that is supply constrained, and it’s why Tesla isn’t eager to release monthly sales figures by country (the media would spin all kinds of distracting disco music out of that).
Be sure to scroll on the chart above to see the full thing, and click on the “YTD” tab to see 2014 sales/registrations through October. Here’s the table:
|Model||Oct 2014||YTD||Oct 2014 EV Market Share||2014 EV Market Share|
|Audi A3 e-Tron||15||265||0%||0%|
|Citroen Berlingo EV||10||134||0%||0%|
|Ford Focus Electric||4||203||0%||0%|
|Kia Soul EV||89||219||1%||0%|
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||2065||16952||24%||22%|
|Peugeot Partner EV||10||251||0%||0%|
|Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid||38||587||0%||1%|
|Renault Fluence ZE||6||98||0%||0%|
|Renault Kangoo ZE||400||3214||5%||4%|
|Smart Fortwo ED||351||2108||4%||3%|
|Tesla Model S||166||7280||2%||9%|
|Toyota Prius PHEV||60||717||1%||1%|
|Volvo V60 PHEV||544||4378||6%||6%|
|VW Golf GTE||17||113||0%||0%|
|100% Electric Total||5824||53945||67%||69%|
See last month’s European EV sales update for more.