In 2014, 75,331 new electrically chargeable vehicles (ECVs, or plug-in vehicles, PEVs) were registered in the EU, a 36.6% rise, according to figures released by the ACEA. In Q4 2014 PEV registrations in the EU decreased slightly (‐7.7%), totalling 24,552.
Of these, pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) represented about half of the total: 12,755 in Q4 2014, up from 8,418 in Q4 2013 (+51.5%). The remaining 11,797 was made up of extended‐range electric vehicles (EREVs) and plug‐in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), down (‐35.2%) compared to Q4 2013.
Looking at the EU’s major markets: the UK saw the largest increase over the year (+300.8% to 15,361 units), followed by Germany (+70.2%, 13,118 units) and France (+29.8%, 12,488 units). Looking at the EFTA countries, Norway ended the year in first place with 19,767 registrations, more than doubling the registrations recorded in 2013 (+140.8%).
Although the Netherlands was a close in by volume (12,920 units), it saw sales drop 42.6% year-on-year.