In the second quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle registrations in the EU increased (+17.4%), totalling 143,595, according to figures from the ACEA. Of these, electric vehicle (EV) registrations—Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) + Plug‐in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) + Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs)—significantly grew (+53.0%), rising from 18,024 units in Q2 2014 to 27,575 units in Q2 2015.
Demand for new hybrid vehicles (HEV) also increased (+22.6%), totalling 53,443 units. 62,577 new passenger cars in the second quarter (+3.0%) were powered by propane and natural gas.
Looking at the EU’s major markets, the UK saw the largest increase of AFVs registered over the period (+62.4%), followed by France (+59.7%) and Spain (+58.0%). Among the EFTA countries, demand was primarily driven by Norway (+74.1%), with 11,614 vehicles registered, 77% of which electrically powered.
For the full first six months of 2015, EV registration in the EU rose 78.4%, from 29,640 units for the same period in 2014 to 52,889 units. The UK had the largest number of EVs registered during those six months—14,838 units, up 262.3% from the same period the year before.
France placed second, with 10,427 new EVs from January-June 2015 (+109.9%), followed closely by Germany in third place (9,653 units, up 66.2%).
However, non-EU member Norway posted the largest number of new EV registrations for the six months: 16,990 units, up 66.1%.
Total passenger car registrations in the EU for the first six months of 2015 were 7,169,984, according to ACEA, up 8.2% from the same period the year before. Total new EV registrations thus represented 0.7% of the new vehicle market.
|New EV registration leaders H1 2015|
|Country||H1 2015 sales||H1 % Δ||H1 % of total new market|
Hybrids. For hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), the EU posted a six-month sales gain of 21.6%, with 109,481 new hybrids registered.
France was the volume leader, with 27,402 units (+31.5%), followed by the UK (23,065, +20%) and Italy (12,937, + 13.7%).