Electric vehicle sales are ramping up in the Old World, as sales numbers are up some 77% so far in 2014 compared to 2013. That translates to nearlay 30,000 electric vehicle registrations, with Norway leading the way followed closely by France. But which EVs are proving the most popular?
Unsurprisingly, the Nissan LEAF is the European EV sales leader, with over 7,100 sales so far in 2014. Surprisingly, the Tesla Model S is in second place, reports France Mobilite Elecctrique, with 5,330 sales in Europe, with the Renault ZOE following in third with 3,669 sales so far this year. Combined, these three electric cars make up more than half the total electric vehicle sales in Europe.
It should come as no surprise either that Norway is the leading nation for electric car sales, with about 9,550 new EV registrations in the first half of the year. That means one in every three EVs sold in Europe was sold in Norway, thanks in large part to extremely generous incentives that include lower taxes and access to free ferries and bus-only lanes. This has made the Tesla Model S and Nissan LEAF the best-selling vehicles overall in the Scandinavian nation.
That’s an EV sales increase of more than 300% since last year, though Norway isn’t the only country seeing exploding EV sales. France saw nearly 7,300 EV sales so far in 2014, making it a strong second place contender in the EV sales battles. With three other countries registering at least 1,000 EV sales and registrations so far this year, the pace of electric car adoptions is picking up in Europe.
But can it last?