If statistics are anything to go by, the number of electric and plug-in vehicles in Europe is still on the rise!
Despite a weaker performance from the Outlander PHEV, plug-in vehicles continue to grow fast in the EU, with sales up 53% year-on-year, with a little surprise this month: BMW i3 ranks third, thanks to a 400-unit fleet deal in Denmark.
|Pos.||Model||August 2015||August 2014||Var %|
|1.||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||868||1.061||- 19%|
|2.||Volkswagen Golf GTE||826||76||+ 986%|
|3.||BMW i3||706||456||+ 55%|
Sales are up only 19% YoY, with the VAG cousins, Audi A3 e-Tron and VW Golf GTE, showing surprisingly slow sales figures, allowing Kia Soul EV to reach the nr. 1 spot, while Tesla is slowly getting a foothold in Germany.
The slowdown of the Outlander PHEV explains the more moderate growth of plug-ins in the UK, but with the re-styled version coming soon, we expect the market to get yet another sales boost. VW Golf GTE is doing very well, already ranking third.
The French plug-in market grew 67% year-on-year, with the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf in their usual leading positions.
Norway is a well-known e-Golf territory, it is the best-selling plug-in since the begining of this year, while the previous leader Nissan Leaf managed to reach second place - but is still selling less than the year before.