Europe Electric Vehicle Sales (October)

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

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%
Bollore Bluecar 120 1008 1% 1%
BMW i3 745 8164 9% 10%
BMW i8 170 634 2% 1%
BYD e6 4 47 0% 0%
Chevy Volt 1 63 0% 0%
Citroen Berlingo EV 10 134 0% 0%
Citroen C-Zero 37 588 0% 1%
Ford Focus Electric 4 203 0% 0%
Goupil G3 41 338 0% 0%
Kia Soul EV 89 219 1% 0%
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 65 588 1% 1%
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2065 16952 24% 22%
Nissan e-NV200 45 323 1% 0%
Nissan Leaf 1209 12363 14% 16%
Opel Ampera 22 501 0% 1%
Peugeot iOn 80 519 1% 1%
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%
Renault Twizy 223 2009 3% 3%
Renault Zoe 1320 7400 15% 10%
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 e-Golf 419 2119 5% 3%
VW e-Up! 465 4707 5% 6%
VW Golf GTE 17 113 0% 0%
Total 8741 77890 100% 100%
PHEV Total 2917 23945 33% 31%
100% Electric Total 5824 53945 67% 69%

See last month’s European EV sales update for more.


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