What a difference a few years (and some judicious government policy) makes. Back in 2014, the US was the center of the EV scene, and sales in Europe had yet to crack the one-percent mark. Now the Continent has left us behind.
In June, the market share of plug-in vehicles exceeded 8% in all of the three largest European auto markets. With a slew of new models in the pipeline, and ever-tighter emissions regulations on the docket, there seems to be nowhere to go but up.
In the UK, plug-in market share hit 9.5% in June 2020, compared to 2.1% in June 2019. Pure EVs accounted for 6.1% of the total market, and PHEVs took a 3.4% share. The plug-in market share figure for the first half of this year now stands at 7.7%. The Tesla Model 3 topped the list of EVs sold in June, and was the 9th-best-selling passenger vehicle of any kind.
The UK’s overall auto market was down only 35% compared to June 2019 (that’s considered good news in light of April’s 97% plunge and May’s 89% nose-dive).
In Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, plug-ins captured 8.4% of the auto market in June, up from 3.4% a year ago. France saw plug-ins grab 9% of the action in June, also a big leap from last June’s 2.5%.