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Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) rose by 12.2% to 10,618 in the highly incentivised German market. However, sales of pure electric vehicles declined in important EU markets such as Norway, France and the UK.
In what is the biggest and most dynamic electric car market in Europe, Norway, sales of pure electric vehicles dropped a significant -7.1% to 2,126 units. Nevertheless, Norway’s BEV market has again outperformed the overall car market of the country which declined by nearly a third in January.
In France, electric car sales saw a significant and unexpected -40.2% decrease, while the overall market grew by 2 percentage points. In Italy, BEV sales rose by 25.9%, this equates, however, to just 282 units. Spain saw a strong increment in BEV sales to 344 units. A rise in the rental fleet seem to be the cause of this.
AID revealed that VW’s e-Golf was Europe’s best-selling electric car with 1,886 units. The Renault Zoe and the BMW i3 followed with 1,847 and 1,767 units respectively.
WESTERN EUROPE ELECTRIC (BEV) PASSENGER CAR SALES BY MARKET JANUARY 2018
|Market||Jan Europe %||Jan 2018 Electric||Jan 2018 Electric %||Jan 2017 Electric||Jan 2017 Electric Share %||% Electric Change|
WESTERN EUROPE ELECTRIC (BEV) PASSENGER CAR SALES BY MANUFACTURER JANUARY 2018
|Model||Jan 2018 Electric||% Market Share||Jan 2017 Electric||% Market Share||% Electric Change|
SOURCE: AID RESEARCH / INDUSTRY SOURCES
Sales of diesel cars saw a double-digit decline in Europe in January. In Germany, diesel car sales slumped -17.5% in January. As a result, diesel car sales declined by 11.8% to a new 17-year low of just 33.3%. In France, diesels saw a 12% drop. This is in contrast with the overall new car sales, which saw a growth of 2.5 percentage points in January. Interestingly, sales of diesel cars rose by 3.9% in January in Italy with 98,988 units sold. This uplift helped raise Italy’s diesel car sales share to 55.7%.
WESTERN EUROPE DIESEL CAR SALES BY MARKET – JANARY 2018
|Country||% YTD Diesel Europe||Jan 2018 Diesel||% Jan 2017 Diesel Share||Jan 2017 Diesel Share||% Diesel Change||1 Month 2018 Diesel||% 1 Month 2018 Diesel Share|
Figures provided by AID, Europe’s leading auto industry trend & market intelligence journal