US plug-in sales may be stuck in a traffic jam at the moment, but in Europe, they’re taking off like a Model S on a highway onramp. The latest report from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association shows that, for the first six months of 2015, 52,889 plug-in vehicles were sold in the EU, an increase of 78.4% over the same period last year. New EV registrations represented 0.7% of the total vehicle market.
Hybrid sales are also up, by 22%.
The fastest electrification is happening in the UK, where 14,838 units were sold, up 262%. France (with 10,427 units, up 110%) and Germany (9,653 units, up 66%) are also quickly charging up. Non-EU member Norway posted the largest number of new sales: 16,990 units, up 66%.
The mix of models varies greatly from one market to the next. The Tesla Model S rules in Norway, while the Brits and the Dutch love the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and the French are buying the homegrown Renault Zoe.
Source: Green Car Congress