European plug-in sales soar

The EV market in Europe got off to a late start, but now that European automakers such as BMWVolkswagen, Mercedes and Audi have introduced plug-in models, things are starting to move quickly.

Registrations of new electric vehicles (including BEVs, PHEVs and FCVs) in the EU countries grew from 11,304 units in Q1 2014 to 24,630 units in Q1 2015, according to the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers – an increase of 117.9%.

European EVs - Association of Automobile Manufacturers

The quarter also saw sales spike for hybrids (56,704 units, +21.4%) and propane and natural gas vehicles (63,087 units, +16.5%).

The biggest voltage surge for total alternative fuel vehicles was in the UK (64.2%), followed by France (33.9%), Norway (32.7%), Italy (18.1%) and Germany (11.3%).

 

Source: European Association of Automobile Manufacturers via Green Car Congress
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