In 2018, sales of electric vehicles (EV) in Europe rose by a record (+22%), while sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) remained almost at the same level (+3%). The most popular all-electric car last year was the Nissan Leaf. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, that was significantly ahead of others, became the most-in-demand plug-in hybrid.
Experts of Carsalesbase note a curious trend: since the number of EV offers on the market increases, as well as their driving range, then electric cars gradually substitute plug-in hybrids.
Last year, 345,000 plug-in vehicles were sold on the European market, of which 190,000 were fully electric and 155,000 PHEVs.
2018 was the first year when Europeans bought more electric cars than plug-in hybrid ones, although the share of electrified vehicles is still not large – 2.2% of the market.
For comparison: 1.8% was in 2017 and 1.4% in 2016. The EV sales growth rate in Europe significantly lags behind the world sales, which increased by 73% in 2018.
Now about the models. The TOP 5 best-selling electric cars in Europe as of last year included Nissan Leaf (38,740 units), Renault Zoe (37,782 units), Volkswagen e-Golf (21,111 units), BMW i3 (18,018 units) and Tesla Model S (17,386 units).
The TOP 5 plug-in hybrid vehicles are the following:
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (23,921 units);
- Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine (13,426 units);
- BMW 530e (13,383 units);
- BMW 225xe Active Tourer (12,665 units);
- Volkswagen Passat GTE (11,373 units).
Upper photo: Nissan Leaf