European PEVs sales reach 78,000 units so far this year image

Sales of plug-in electric vehicles throughout European markets showed a steady increase this year, slowing a bit in May.

The European Alternative Fuels Observatory has published sales data of the plug-in electric vehicles for the first five months of the year and the figures show that over 78,000 units were reported in the region so far, up 28 percent compared to the same period of 2015. May data reveals that the growth of European EV market has slowed down a little, because of the temporary sales drop in Germany, with registrations increasing only 8 percent year-over-year to 14,000 units.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV once again emerged at the top last month (1,710), but the demand fell by a third, with the second placed Renault’s Zoe only 24 units behind. Despite a good performance in Norway (490 units) for the Outlander, its numbers were affected by a sales drop in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, where only 16 units were registered last month, down for 357 units in May 2015. With a jump of 38 percent, Zeo electric hatchback is expected to soon overpass the Japanese PEH SUV. Next on the list were the Nissan Leaf (1,385, up 41 percent), Volkswagen Passat GTE (1,046), Mercedes C350e (773, a surge of 233 percent) and Volvo XC90 T8 (742, down 53 percent).

The countries with higher growth rate were Belgium (111 percent), Spain (178 percent) and Portugal (91 percent), while leading markets for PEVs share were Norway (29 percent), Sweden and Iceland (both at 3 percent), the Netherlands (2.47 percent) and Switzerland (1.76 percent).