Published on August 8th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Electric Car Sales In EU Increase 77%

August 8th, 2014 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

It’s hard to get European-wide numbers for electric car sales. In fact, it’s hard to get numbers for almost any country in Europe. A Norwegian electric vehicle association was publishing Norway’s numbers regularly for awhile, as was a German car association for Germany, but neither of them have done so in recent months. Thankfully, I am able to obtain France’s monthly electric car and plug-in hybrid electric car sales numbers from Avere France. Avere France, using data from AAA, also recently shared numbers for Europe as a whole. Here are the numbers for the top European countries

In the first half of 2014, electric car sales were up 77% in Europe. The big driver of that growth (no pun intended) was Norway, which saw its sales increase 302% compared to the first half of 2013. France, in the #2 position, actual saw a small decrease in sales — though, its sales have picked up again in the past couple of months. Like Norway but not to such a strong extent, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Sweden all saw strong increases in electric car sales. Italy saw a slight increase.

As far as the top electric cars, they were the Nissan Leaf (7,109), Tesla Model S (5,330), and Renault Zoe (3,669). Tesla Model S sales were largely in Norway (over 3,000 there), while Renault Zoe sales were largely in France (over 1,600 there).

Here’s a table of the data, followed by static versions of the charts above.
Country 2013 2014 YOY Growth 2013 Market Share 2014 Market Share
Norway 2373 9550 302% 15% 34%
France 7293 6405 -12% 47% 23%
Germany 2382 4230 78% 15% 15%
UK 1168 2570 120% 7% 9%
Netherlands 437 1149 163% 3% 4%
Switzerland 445 867 95% 3% 3%
Austria 252 709 181% 2% 3%
Italy 494 648 31% 3% 2%
Belgium 195 629 223% 1% 2%
Denmark 254 604 138% 2% 2%
Sweden 298 585 96% 2% 2%
TOTAL 15591 27946 79%

Europe Electric Car Sales 2014 vs 2013

Europe EV Sales 2013 vs 2014

EU Electric car sales growth

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  • svein friborg

    This site have all the sales info for Norway :

  • thomas
  • one.second

    So you calculated the increase for the EU with Norway in the mix? Or am I missing something?

    • No way

      Norway, Iceland and Switzerland (and some of the really small countries) are basically EU in almost every aspect except officially on paper.

      • JamesWimberley

        Look up “European Economic Area”.

        • No way

          I assume that reply was supposed to be directed at one.second.

  • S

    Could you add the market shares for EV’s of total car sales?

    • drevney


      • Ronald Brakels

        Wait a minute…

        • drevney

          Right. I meant 0.5% or 0.005 share.

    • Ronald Brakels

      Europe buys a bit over 7 million cars a year, so 28,000 electric cars would be a little under 0.4% of total market share. But Europe consists of more countries than are on that list. So the market share of electric cars for that group of countries should be higher.

      • No way

        That sounds about right. And about 0,6%-0,65% when including PHEV’s.

  • JamesWimberley

    Assuming the totals are right if not the percentages, what we are seeing is mainstreaming. The normal situation is that most sales of any vehicles are in the largest countries: Germany, France, UK, and Italy. That is roughly what is happening, with Norway as the outlier on the upside and Italy on the downside. Germany is especially significant as they don’t have strong incentives in place (link). France has just increased its subsidies, to the benefit of Renault/Nissan as well as their workers in Sunderland and Barcelona.

  • A Real Libertarian

    What does “Market Share” mean?

    • Bob_Wallace

      The portion of sales by the product discussed. In this case EVs made up 15% of all vehicles sold in 2012 and 34% of all vehicles sold in 2013 in Norway.

      A 15% and then 34% market share.

      • A Real Libertarian

        According to this 47% of cars sold in France during 2013 H1 were electric.

        That can’t be right.

        • Bob_Wallace

          I suspect error has visited the page.

          • A Real Libertarian


        • Gustav

          it probably means that France bought 47% of all electric cars sold in Europe that period

    • Sorry, I should have been more clear with that: share of the EV market in Europe in this case…

      So, France got 47% of the EVs sold in these countries in 2013, while Norway received 34% of the EVs sold in these countries in 2014.

      • A Real Libertarian

        Thank you.

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