Europe: electric car sales seen lowered by plug-in hybrid demand image

Fully electric vehicles still held the upper hand in terms of deliveries in Europe in 2014, surging past the level seen for plug in hybrid sales, but as more carmakers introduce new models in the latter category they’re forecasted to overtake the greener offerings.

According to figures provided by the industry association ACEA, deliveries of battery-electric models jumped 73 percent to 58,244 units across the EU and EFTA zones last year. Meanwhile, deliveries of plug in hybrids and extended range electrics soared 26 percent to 39,547 autos. Just as it was the case in the previous year, in 2014 the Nissan Leaf was the continent’s best selling fully electric car, selling 15,134 units – jumping 38 percent from the 2013 levels, according to data from JATO Dynamics. Meanwhile, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the top selling European plug in hybrid – it sold 19,855 units, skyrocketing 141 percent. The best electric vehicle market was Norway (which has incredible incentives), with 18,090 autos (plus 130 percent), then followed by France with a volume of 10,561 vehicles (jumping 20 percent), Germany with a volume of 8,522 units (jump of 41 percent) and Great Britain – an incredible 173 percent increase to 7,416 cars.

Meanwhile, the best continental market for plug in hybrids was the Netherlands – with deliveries of 9,938 units (though massively declining from 2013’s figure of 19,876 autos). The drop was underscored by the Dutch government’s reduction of state incentives. The United Kingdom on the other hand introduced new subsidies for the category, climbing sales from 1,114 to 7,945 autos. The largest continental auto market was only third in the segment, with plug in hybrid volume growing from 1,665 to 4,596 units. Poland came in fourth with sales rising from 1,869 to 3,887 cars.

Via Automotive News Europe