Published on March 17th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Poll: Top-Selling Electric Cars In US & Europe In 2014

March 17th, 2014 by  

Now that I’ve finally gone through and reported the results of our 2014 reader survey, I figured I’d launch another quick poll. This one has 2 questions.

I’m basically just curious what you think will be the top-selling electric cars of the year in the US and Europe. In the case of Europe, it’s very hard to track down reliable data for many countries. I’ve gone through Google in multiple languages and dozens of sites, yet only really feel comfortable with monthly sales for four countries, each of which are considerable electric car markets. Those countries are Norway, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. So, those are the only countries I’m including.

If you haven’t looked closely at these yet, be sure to check out:

United States Electric Car Sales Update (February 2014 & YTD Sales)

Netherlands Electric Car Sales Update (February 2014 & YTD Sales)

Norway Electric Car Sales Update (February 2014 & YTD Sales)

Germany Electric Car Sales Update (February 2014 & YTD Sales)

France Electric Car Sales Update (February 2014 & YTD Sales)

And now vote:

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  • No way
    • Awesome, thanks!

    • That’s a country I really wanted. Decent sales.

      • No way

        Your welcome. Decent sales as a percentage of total sales but I want to see higher numbers (of course). What’s really interesting is that the country, the mentality and the environmental awareness is very similiar to Norway but without the incentives on steroids (and the extreme extra costs on ICE’s).

        But I expect the EV market to explode in Sweden in 2015 when Volvo’s new SPA-platform which is designed from the beginning to handle a PHEV-drivetrain. Starting in late 2014 with the XC90 and then replacing all the larger models when they get updated, like the top selling car in Sweden, the Volvo V70… it will be renamed to V90 and with an optional plug in 2015.

        Even though I would like us to have Norway figures when it comes to EV’s I just read the latest report that we had 15,1% renewables in the transport sector in 2013. We should be close to fossil free in that sector in 2025, maybe earlier if it gets at least some political backing.

    • Only source I’ve seen that breaks out the BMW i3 REX from the BMW i3 BEV. Cool. 😀

      Though, looks like it has the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid classified wrong.

      • No way

        It must be classified wrong. I wrote them about it, lets see if they correct it.

  • Michael Berndtson

    Dumb question. Does China have its own electric car, yet? Sub question, do Chinese have issues purchasing Japanese cars? Here’s where I’m going with this. Since China will have to spend somewhere between a quarter and one trillion on pollution control to make its air breathable, you’d think heavily subsidized electric cars would be part of the solution mix. Assuming, of course, all that electricity wasn’t generated by coal burning steam plants, without pollution control.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Yes, more than one.

      BYD is making EVs that are getting used around the world in taxi fleets. They seem to be gaining popularity due to their rugged batteries and low operating costs.

      Here’s a list of the Chinese companies currently manufacturing EVs.

      China is pushing hard to get people into EVs. They’ve given EV drivers special privileges and are building charging infrastructure.

      Interestingly, electricity produced by coal may be only a small contributor to air pollution (pollution excluding CO2). Their air pollution problem may come mostly from coal burning furnaces and vehicles. From an interesting interview –

      “Today, there are approximately 600,000 industrial boilers in China that still use coal-fired boilers and direct coal firing for heating; most of these are in residential areas in urban centers in north China. Taking Beijing as an example, there are still 44,000 households with coal stoves in the western district within 2nd Ring Road; the impact of urban environmental pollution caused from these coal stoves is direct and severe.”
      “the coal use for power plants in is only 4.13% of the total coal use city-wide. The annual PM10 emissions from coal-fired power plants (including PM2.5 emissions) amount to only 0.005% of total PM10 discharged in the area.”

      “emissions to the air and hazards to human health from the pollutants emitted from running vehicles on city roads are most certainly orders of magnitude higher than the equal quantity of pollutants produced from thermal power plants distant from the city”

      • Michael Berndtson

        Thanks Bob. That was interesting and helpful.

        I lived in Colorado in the 1980s. The inversion “brown cloud” was as bad as it sounds. I lived in Golden, CO so I could actually see it as it settled in throughout the day. Most of the cause was from sources not unsimilar to what seems to be the sources in China: wood burning, furnaces, trucks. Plus NOx, SOx, dust, etc., etc. I also worked in a small mountain valley town in Montana that burned sawdust and woodchips for the mill’s electricity and heat. It didn’t get Bejing bad (based on pictures and video viewing), but close.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Some of our US cities used to be Beijing-bad.

          I remember Gary, Indiana and Pittsburgh as particularly bad. Driving through Gary during the day was like driving in very thick fog. One had to turn on their headlights to keep someone from running into you.

          And older locals here remember when turning on your lights during the day was common due to all the lumber drying done by burning wood waste. That’s for a coastal town that doesn’t sit in a bowl.

        • tmac1

          I took a vacation Jan 2013 to Utah. I had a great time skiing but was horrified to see what the Utah resident s had to live with. Here I am thinking we have clean air and clean water act but I was astounded to see this much pollution

          They had 1-2 month long brown cloud inversion over SLC
          SLC had up characteristic snowstorms, with cold air hugging to snow while warm air above kept pollution below. We drove into SLC a few times and were gagging , local outdoor events were cancelled kids were cooped up for weeks.

          They have a lot of heavy industry with FF coal oil gas supplying electricity . On the roads no EV few hybrids lots of suburbans so they truly got to live in their own disgusting effluent instead of letting the wind blow it “away”. It might be helpful for towns to have a bubble over the town so they can understand the externalities that are now shared with the test of e country!

          • I just recently read about them having to wear masks some days. Crazy.

    • China’s an odd case. There are strong EV incentives, but consumers aren’t buying them. However, BYD has just released a PHEV that seems to be doing super well. Details here:

  • No way

    This is a no-brainer. Nissan Leaf will be the top seller in both the US and Europe (and Japan).

    • In the US I agree the LEAF will be the top seller. In Europe however I think the i3 will give the LEAF a run for its money, not so clear cut IMHO.

      • wattleberry

        It would be welcome if the i3 were to be #1 but the biggest obstacle will be BMW’s up-market image, hence the Leaf prediction.

      • No way

        Well… if the German market grows fast and/or Norway has a lot of i3’s lined up then it might have a shot. But the i3 will probably need some ramping up and they will probably be happy to hit 10k in Europe while 10k for the Nissan would be disappointing, they are probably looking to hit closer to 15k.
        But it’s a market that is new so we will probably see a lot of fluctuations and some unexpected events.
        I think the second spot will be a tougher fight. A number of models will be in the 7k-11k span.The e-UP and Tesla will be interesting to follow..

    • spec9

      Yeah, that is what I voted. And that is kinda sad because we really need more pure EV choices. Ford is too somewhat expensive kludge. The Model S is expensive. And all the rest but the Leaf are PHEVs. Leaf wins by default.

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