10 February 2018

European Sales By Nation : 2017 (Alternative Fuels)

The new Nissan Leaf will kick sales along in 2018

Acronym averse people should skip the next paragraph. 

First up, let's see what's current with ECVs (electrically charged vehicles - 'v' always means vehicles).  These include BEVs (battery electric), EREVs (extended range), FCEVs (fuel cell) and PHEVs (plug in hybrid). Only nations that report the sales are listed, which does appear to be just about all of them now.

Norway encourages this sort of vehicle and the result is obvious. Usually top and for a smaller nation even more impressive. The biggest nation in Europe has suddenly moved up with a rousing 177% gain. Without wishing to sound cynical, the German car industry must now be ready so the government is getting behind it. The Netherlands and Denmark gave them a push but as subsidies subsided so did sales.

13 14 15 16 17 Nation 2017 % +/-
2016 % +/-
2 1 2 1 1 Norway 62,313 21.7% 39%
44,908 21.7% 33%
3 4 4 4 2 Germany 54,617 19.0% 117%
25,214 12.2% 7%
4 3 3 2 3 UK 47,298 16.5% 27%
37,102 17.9% 37%
1 5 5 3 4 France 36,835 12.8% 26%
29,194 14.1% 28%
12 6 6 6 5 Sweden 19,678 6.9% 48%
13,260 6.4% 53%
11 8 9 7 6 Belgium 14,299 5.0% 59%
8,984 4.3% 134%
5 2 1 5 7 Netherlands 11,079 3.9% -52%
22,939 11.1% -48%
6 7 7 8 8 Switzerland 8,391 2.9% 31%
6,403 3.1% 14%
8 12 12 10 9 Spain 7,476 2.6% 105%
3,654 1.8% 72%
9 9 10 9 10 Austria 7,154 2.5% 41%
5,068 2.4% 82%
7 11 11 11 11 Italy 4,827 1.7% 71%
2,819 1.4% 29%
13 15 13 13 12 Portugal 4,082 1.4% 121%
1,845 0.9% 64%
15 13 14 14 13 Finland 3,055 1.1% 114%
1,430 0.7% 117%
10 10 8 12 14 Denmark 1,342 0.5% -30%
1,920 0.9% -62%
19 22 18 17 15 Hungary 1,192 0.4% 248%
343 0.2% 164%
18 19 17 16 16 Poland 1,068 0.4% 88%
569 0.3% 96%
16 16 15 15 17 Ireland 948 0.3% 37%
690 0.3% 18%
? ? ? 19 18 Slovenia 456 0.2% 130%
198 0.1% n/a
17 17 16 18 19 Czech Rep 307 0.1% 54%
200 0.1% -33%
20 20 20 22 20 Slovakia 209 0.1% 254%
59
13%
? 21 19 23 21 Greece 199 0.1% 363%
43
-36%
22 24 24 20 22 Romania 188 0.1% 154%
74
208%
23 25 25 26 23 Bulgaria 106
715%
13
-38%
21 18 22 24 24 Latvia 56
40%
40
54%
? 23 21 21 25 Lithuania 52
-19%
64
73%
14 14 23 25 26 Estonia 43
23%
35
3%

Total 287,270
39%
207,068
12%

Moving on to HEVs (hybrid electric) the UK is a leader here. France comes in a close second and Italy is moving along nicely. The Netherlands was the top place back in 2013 but has fallen to 8th. A 52% increase collectively is quite a move upwards.

13 14 15 16 17 Nation 2017 % +/-
2016 % +/-
5 2 2 1 1 UK 72,523 15.8% 40%
51,789 17.1% 18%
2 1 1 2 2 France 69,680 15.1% 37%
50,956 16.8% -9%
10 4 3 3 3 Italy 63,398 13.8% 70%
37,240 12.3% 48%
15 6 5 5 4 Spain 55,522 12.1% 80%
30,897 10.2% 68%
4 3 4 4 5 Germany 55,236 12.0% 61%
34,245 11.3% 52%
3 7 7 6 6 Norway 20,500 4.5% 19%
17,259 5.7% 61%
9 9 8 7 7 Sweden 19,562 4.2% 42%
13,759 4.5% 58%
1 5 6 8 8 Netherlands 17,667 3.8% 61%
10,972 3.6% -27%
7 11 11 9 9 Poland 16,896 3.7% 68%
10,050 3.3% 80%
11 8 9 10 10 Belgium 12,571 2.7% 32%
9,501 3.1% 38%
14 14 13 13 11 Finland 8,514 1.8% 82%
4,678 1.5% 64%
8 10 10 11 12 Switzerland 8,414 1.8% 10%
7,673 2.5% 26%
- - 14 12 13 Denmark 7,101 1.5% 5%
6,781 2.2% 167%
6 13 15 14 14 Austria 6,572 1.4% 89%
3,474 1.1% 44%
13 12 12 15 15 Portugal 4,692 1.0% 46%
3,204 1.1% 8%
? 15 16 16 16 Ireland 4,435 1.0% 73%
2,570 0.8% 71%
18 16 19 17 17 Hungary 3,539 0.8% 111%
1,674 0.6% 105%
12 18 17 19 18 Czech Rep 2,826 0.6% 83%
1,541 0.5% 55%
20 17 18 18 19 Greece 2,348 0.5% 52%
1,545 0.5% 81%
? 19 20 20 20 Romania 2,039 0.4% 87%
1,089 0.4% 144%
17 23 24 25 21 Slovakia 1,936 0.4% 433%
363 0.1% 177%
21 24 - 22 22 Bulgaria 1,195 0.3% 106%
580 0.2% n/a
16 20 21 21 23 Estonia 1,188 0.3% 55%
765 0.3% 115%
? ? ? 24 24 Slovenia 1,005 0.2% 172%
369 0.1% n/a
? 22 22 23 25 Lithuania 715 0.2% 78%
401 0.1% 39%
19 21 23 26 26 Latvia 344 0.1% 20%
286 0.1% 44%

Total 460,418
52%
303,661
29%

There is one other type I haven't listed and that is LPG, natural gas and ethanol motivated vehicles. That's because fewer nations are involved and only one country is really into them and that's Italy. Over 80% are from that one nation so such a chart would be pointless.

Europe is getting behind alternative fuel vehicles but is the pace fast enough. I sense the price of fossil fuel will have a large bearing on that and also how much governments support these other types of fuels.

Data source: ACEA.

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