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Electric car sales decline in EuropeBack

Sales of pure electric vehicles declined by -3.7% in January in Europe.

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
Germany 27.4 2,913 1.1 1,467 0.6 98.6
Norway 20.0 2,126 23.1 2,289 17.5 -7.1
France 12.9 1,375 0.9 2,300 1.5 -40.2
Netherlands 12.6 1,340 2.3 476 0.9 181.5
UK 6.1 648 0.4 1,178 0.7 -45.0
Austria 3.8 401 1.4 339 1.3 18.3
Belgium 3.4 359 0.6 191 0.4 88.0
Spain 3.2 344 0.3 97 0.1 254.6
Italy 2.7 282 0.2 224 0.1 25.9
Switzerland 2.5 261 1.2 310 1.6 -15.8
Sweden 1.9 203 0.9 269 1.2 -24.5
Portugal 1.7 183 1.3 97 0.6 88.7
Eire 1.0 104 0.3 168 0.4 -38.1
Denmark 0.3 37 0.2 13 0.1 184.6
Finland 0.3 36 0.3 46 0.4 -21.7
Greece 0.1 6 0.1 3 0.0 100
W. Europe 100 10,618 0.9 9,467 0.9 12.2

 

WESTERN EUROPE ELECTRIC (BEV) PASSENGER CAR SALES BY MANUFACTURER JANUARY 2018

Model Jan 2018 Electric % Market Share Jan 2017 Electric % Market Share % Electric Change
Volkswagen 2,062 19.4 497 5.2 314.9
Renault 1,849 17.4 2,604 27.5 -29.0
BMW 1,767 16.6 1,666 17.6 6.1
Hyundai Group 1,639 15.4 861 9.1 90.4
–          Hyundai 902 8.5 441 4.7 104.5
–          Kia 737 6.9 420 4.4 75.5
Daimler 1,337 12.6 183 1.9 630.6
–          Smart 1,321 12.4 2 0.0
–          Mercedes 16 0.2 181 1.9 -91.2
Tesla 694 6.5 1,399 14.8 -50.4
PSA 574 5.4 360 3.8 59.4
–          Opel 335 3.2 13 0.1
–          Peugeot 131 1.2 197 2.1 -33.5
–          Citroen 108 1.0 150 1.6 -28.0
Nissan 559 5.3 1,566 16.5 -64.3
Mitsubishi 6 0.1 39 0.4 -84.6
Others 131 1.2 292 3.1
TOTAL 10,618 100 9,467 100 12.2

SOURCE: AID RESEARCH / INDUSTRY SOURCES

Diesel

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
Italy 21.3 99,000 55.7 95,300 55.4 3.9 99,000
Germany 19.3 89,800 33.3 108,900 45.1 -17.5 89,800
France 13.9 64,500 41.1 73,300 47.9 -12.0 64,500
UK 12.6 58,700 35.9 78,900 45.2 -25.6 58,700
Spain 9.2 42,500 41.8 44,500 52.7 -4.5 42,500
BeLux 5.4 25,000 40.8 28,300 50.7 -11.7 25,000
Eire 4.6 21,200 57.1 25,600 65.6 -17.2 21,200
Austria 2.7 12,400 43.4 14,200 53.8 -12.7 12,400
Netherlands 2.1 9,900 16.7 8,300 16.2 19.3 9,900
Sweden 2.0 9,500 41.3 12,600 54.1 -24.6 9,500
Portugal 1.7 8,000 54.8 9,700 64.7 -17.5 8,000
Switzerland 1.6 7,500 34.6 8,000 41.0 -6.3 7,500
Denmark 1.6 7,300 36.7 6,700 34.4 9.0 7,300
Greece 0.8 3,700 41.6 3,400 52.3 8.8 3,700
Finland 0.8 3,500 25.7 4,600 36.2 -23.9 3,500
Norway 0.4 1,900 20.7 3,100 23.7 -38.7 1,900
TOTAL 100 464,400 39.8 525,400 47.4 -11.6 464,400

 

Figures provided by AID, Europe’s leading auto industry trend & market intelligence journal

http://www.eagleaid.com/

Posted by Sue Robinson on 09/03/2018