The UK is Europe's fastest-growing plug-in market
Figures from ACEA show the European market for electric, plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles grew 79.5% year on year, from 64,235 units in the first nine months of 2014, to 115,297 units in 2015 – now totalling 1.1% of all vehicles registered.
Of these, most (114,560) were registered in Western Europe (EU15 and EFTA countries). The largest market, by volume, is still Norway with 24,996 units registered (22.2% of Norwegian vehicle registrations so far this year).
The UK is the region’s second largest (20,996) market, up from the fourth largest in 2014, followed by the Netherlands (18,000), France (15,372) and Germany (14,930). Ignoring markets of under 1,000 units, it was also the fastest-growing in percentage terms – up 138.5% on the 8,803 registered during the first nine months of 2014.
Although Norway is already the most established plug-in market in Europe, it was also the second fastest growing in terms of volume, up 9,970 units (+64.9%) year on year, followed by France (+7,131 units/+86.5%).
Behind Norway’s 22.2% plug-in market share (of a market totalling 111,811 units), the Netherlands has the second-largest, at 6.0% of the 301,826 units registered there.