While the world is moving fast ahead to accept and include electric and hybrid vehicles into mainstream transportation, the latest reports can be a real heartbreak for all the efforts made towards it. A website by the name 'the European Alternative Fuel Observatory (EAFO)' which was commissioned and funded by the European Commission has published their findings and they are not encouraging.
According to the study done by EPFO, the sale of electric vehicles is on a constant decline in all the 33 countries falling under the European Union. The report breaks this made news as the automobile industry is trying hard to promote plug-in hybrids and reduce pollution. The conditions are similar in the U.S, which happens to be the largest consumer of electric cars.
EPFO did a study on both the plug-in electric vehicle sales and the plug-in hybrid vehicle sales to come up with some surprising figures. According to the study, Renault Zoe led the electric vehicle race while the Mitsubishi Outlander surged ahead in the hybrid department. Combined together, Renault-Nissan Alliance came as the leader in electric vehicle sales.
Renault Zoe did a sales number of 18536 in 2015, and in 2016 alone, it has sold 3000 units. Compare it to other electric plug-ins, Nissan Leaf sold 2556 units, while the VW e-Golf managed to sell over 1500 units. Renault Zoe accounts for 10 percent of EV sales in the EU countries, which stands at a little under 200,000 units annually based on 2015 figures.
Another big name in the EV market, Tesla Motors managed to sell over 16000 units of Model S in 2015, which accounts for 8.5 percent of the total EU market. Compare it to the U.S, the home of the Tesla cars, Tesla sold over 28000 units in America alone last year. As for the plug-in hybrids, Mitsubishi Outlander clocked 31415 units in 2015, accounting for 17 percent of the EU sales. VW Golf GTE did 17622 units, 9.3 percent of the total market.
As seen people prefer hybrids over pure electric vehicles. The good news though is, more number of charging stations were deployed, which now stands 75% more than the 2014. In 2015, 72000 stations were deployed, 20000 of which are in the Netherlands, 11000 in France and 10000 in the U.K. This means that despite falling sales, the EU is serious on promoting the EV and hybrids in the countries.
If you are still wondering, the Nissan Leaf sales dipped by 48 percent compared to the last year, while the Tesla Model S sales is down by 70 percent. This is a rising concern for a country like India, which is still struggling to start EV sales in India. Only homegrown Mahindra Reva e2O and Toyota Prius are sold in the local market.