Green vehicles, particularly battery operated electric cars in western Europe have been surviving on governmental subsidies and could meet their earlier than expected demise if the funding is axed.
Electric autos – heralded as the next big thing just years ago – have showed how a promising technology could end up an almost utter failure: they are utterly expensive and have a long list of mishaps that makes them inflexible when it comes to all-round transport. Still, auto manufacturers have no course other than boosting the theoretical success of such autos. The latest figures coming from the European Car Manufacturers Association (ACEA), electric car deliveries in western Europe jumped 77.2 percent during the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2014. The data looks impressive, but not so much when we actually see the total figures – the surge was from 40,746 units to 72,201 vehicles, equaling a market share that no one wants to showcase. Just compare to the tally of the western European market for all new vehicles – 6.4 million autos during the first half.
European newsletter Automotive Industry Data (AID) also shows some abnormalities when taking the electric numbers. AID editor Peter Schmidt comments the Renault Zoe battery electric had sales of 8,320 units, fighting for the lead across the region with long-time market leader Nissan Leaf – which ha deliveries of 8,540. The Zoe has in its French home market a government incentive of no less than 10,000 euros. AID data showed the first half had Tesla’s Model S in third place with 7,220 units, followed by the Volkswagen E Golf, with sales of 6,010 autos, and the BMW i3 with 4,360.