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Electric Vehicle Sales In Germany During May 2016

How are electric vehicle sales in Germany going? Sales during May 2016 were apparently the worst in 15 months — with an 18% year-on-year decrease (as compared to May 2015) being observed. The electric share of the country’s total auto market for the month fell to just 0.64%, according to the EV Sales blog. Altogether, […]

June 28th

German EV Sales Split For February 2016

The top position for electric vehicle sales in Germany for the month of February 2016 was, surprisingly, held by the Audi A3 e-tron, with 210 units sold during the month in the market. This was followed closely by the Renault ZOE — with 201 units moved in the country during February — according to new […]

March 25th

Nissan LEAF #1 In Norway Again

My trip to Florida for the EV Technology & Transportation Summit has delayed this report a bit, but I squeezed it in before the end of the month. The exciting bit of the story is that the Nissan LEAF pulled back in front of the Volkswagen e-Golf in September. For the year through September, though, […]

October 29th

Kia Soul EV Takes #1 In Germany!

I love covering Germany’s electric car sales, partly because it’s a large electric car market, partly because the leaders change so much, and partly because it gets several electric models before other markets. A new addition to this race this month is the Mercedes GLE 500e. Other plug-in cars now selling in Germany and mostly not […]

September 18th

Volkswagen E-Golf Crushing Competition In Norway

I’ve finally got what seems to be official and complete data on electric car registrations in Norway. Woohoo! (In case you haven’t been following along for years, public data on electric car sales/registrations are not available for all models in practically every large country in the world.) However, last month, a reader tipped me off to an obscure (and […]

September 18th

Audi A3 e-tron & VW Golf GTE (Same Car) Lead Germany Electric Car Sales

It’s no surprise to see that German car companies continue to top the electric car sales table in Germany, but after test driving the Audi A3 e-tron myself, I have to admit that I’m surprised to see it and its almost identical cousin, the Volkswagen Golf GTE, topping the tables. The July sales (i.e., registrations) numbers come […]

August 20th

Norway Electric Car Sales = 23% Of The Market (Again)

The numbers for Norway electric car sales are “in.” Official numbers are not provided for several models that share a base name with gasmobiles, so José Pontes has made estimates for them, and we’ll just have to go with his numbers. Why a country with such a developed electric car market won’t break out their numbers […]

August 13th

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Nearly Knocked Off The Podium In Netherlands!

Well, the Netherlands is certainly turning out to be one of the most interesting electric vehicle markets in the world. It is #2 in terms of electric cars’ percentage of total new car sales, but the cars leading the pack keep changing. The Dutch plug-in hybrid fetish is apparently as strong as ever, and some new […]

August 7th

Europe Electric Car Sales — Zoe #1, Model S #2, Outlander PHEV #3 In June

Europe electric car sales are in for the month of June from Jose Pontes*. It’s a really interesting market. More interesting than North America, China, or any other, imho. Individual country markets in Europe are getting stronger, but they are very different from one another, so the broader continental charts can vary a lot. In […]

July 24th

Volkswagen e-Golf Is Ecstatic In Norway, Clear #1

After covering France (#2), Netherlands (#3), and Germany (#4) electric car sales, it’s time to cover the big dog — the #1 electric car market in Europe. Norway, here we come! It’s a very different story in each of these markets. Like France, most electric car sales are for fully electric cars. However, unlike France, […]

July 14th

Volkswagen Golf GTE Takes #1 From Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV In Netherlands

The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) had been holding the #1 spot in electric car sales in the Netherlands for a while. It’s been doing well in other European markets as well, propelling it to #1 in Europe as a whole. But it has been kicked off its throne in the Netherlands. Another plug-in hybrid (both of which […]

July 14th

Renault Zoe Dominates Electric Car Sales In France (Charts)

It’s one of the electric cars I still haven’t driven and would love to give a spin. The Renault Zoe is dominating electric car sales in its home country of France this year, with its Japanese cousin the Nissan LEAF and sibling the Renault Kangoo ZE coming in a very distant #2 and #3, respectively. […]

July 14th

Tesla Tops German Electric Car Registrations In June, But #5 YTD

The German electric car market is a fun one. Of course, German automakers have an advantage, but they have so many models on the market that there’s quite a lot of shifting around from month to month. Sadly, Germany doesn’t really live up to its potential in this realm, though. Despite having a larger population than any […]

July 14th

European EV Sales (April 2015)

Note the usual disclaimer about European EV sales.* Electric vehicle (EV) sales figures for the European market during the month of April 2015 are now in, and things are looking good. The continent had its third best month ever with regard to total EV sales — seeing a 40% growth rate as compared against April […]

May 31st

European Electric Car Registrations (March 2015)

The European electric vehicle (EV) market is continuing to see strong growth, based on registrations during March — with roughly 18,000 units registered, blowing past the old monthly record (set in December 2013) for the old continent. The old record was 14,197 units registered. As it stands, more than 36,000 EVs have been registered in the […]

May 5th

Germany Electric Car Sales Doubling (Charts)

The German electric vehicle market has nearly doubled in size since last year (comparing new sales in September 2014 to new sales in September 2013). To be specific — the market saw 1,099 electric vehicles registered in September, bringing the share of the market belonging to electric vehicles up to 0.46%. That’s about twice the percentage held by […]

October 22nd

Mercedes And BMW Cooperate On Wireless Charging

Originally posted on Gas2 Mercedes and BMW announced they are sharing the design and production of a wireless charging system, which will soon begin testing on the 2015 Mercedes S 500 HYBRID. In the process, they will be establishing protocols that could become standard for all wireless charging systems in the future. At present, the system […]