Electric Car Sales Are Suddenly Taking Off in Europe, Thanks To Renault

Europe has been somewhat slow to jump on the EV bandwagon, but that appears to be somewhat changing as Bloomberg reports sales of electric vehicles rose nearly 38 percent in the first quarter of the year. That’s versus 2.9 percent for all last year.

We need to note though that, in total numbers, sales of battery-powered cars at 32,627 units in the first quarter of the year (2016 Q1 23,703 units) represent only a tiny fraction of total deliveries in the EU that reached 1.89 million vehicles in the same time.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (EAMA) says all major EU markets saw increases in sales of alternative fuel vehicles with the largest gains coming from Spain (87.4%), Germany (67.5%), and the United Kingdom (29.9%). Electric vehicles in particular saw large increases in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

Bloomberg credits the Renault Zoe as one of the models that is winning over converts as it proved popular in Germany and Spain. However, BMW recently pointed out the i3 has a 22% percent share of the electric vehicle market in Germany and a 17% share across Europe.

The increase in electric vehicle sales in being credited on several different factors including government incentives, the expansion of a fast-charging network, and the fallout of Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal. Furthermore, consumers are finding new and updated electric vehicles with longer ranges which are helping to alleviate concerns about range anxiety.

Speaking of the latter, the new Zoe is priced at €23,600 ($25,950) and can travel up to 400 km (248 miles) on a single charge.

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  • BGM

    Wait a minute! That’s not a Tesla! So THERE ARE other electric cars in the world! And they made it on the front page of this website! Let’s not mind the fact that there are TWO other articles about Tesla in the front page. Let’s just be happy for this one.


  • Six Thousand Times

    It was always going to be something like nothing…nothing…nothing…nothing…a little bit…some more…POW! Just how things work.

  • Felipe Politano

    The Renault-Nissan alliance should definitely luxe-up the Zoe and peddle it as an electric Infiniti city car in the US. It would be more of a marketing statement than anything, yes, but I still believe that electric car customers in big cities would be more at home in a premium brand. The Zoe even got some some Infiniti-esque lines in its rearmost curved pillars… just give it a whale mouth grille and it will look just in line with the Q50s and QX80s.

  • Paul Rice

    If electric vehicle were that good and cheap enough they would sell on their own and not require excessive EU legislation . This proves that the idea of all electric vehicles will probably be a fiasco in Europe as only cities will be equipped with the infrastructure . Already the countryside is being abandoned with little or no public transport or good roads , and this will hinder tourism , trade , etc etc . Who will pay for the infrastructure in the countryside where there are few people and where in winter batteries may fail , power is not guaranteed and where will all the highly skilled people for repair come from , as these people will need to know mechanics , electronics , computing , power circuits , and at what cost .
    New ideas for transport etc have to be able to sell themselves and be attractive for buyers and users , and this starts with public transport and not just in cities