Electric car sales are up 78% so far this year in the European Union!
While electric car sales have been a little bit soft in the U.S. lately, most likely because there's a wave of updated EVs and plug-in hybrid models on the horizon (new Volt, new LEAF, new Prius plug-in, new Tesla Model X and later Model 3, etc) and because oil prices have kept crashing, sales in the European Union countries have been impressively strong so far this year.
According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, electric vehicles (which they define as battery electric cars as well as plug-in hybrids and fuel cells) sold 53% more units during the second quarter of 2015 compared to the same quarter in 2014, and 78% more units during the first 6 months of the year compared to the same period the previous year. That's some serious growth!
You can see a breakdown by country below:
I wonder what happened in Estonia...
France and the UK are definitely emerging as EV powers, with sales up over 100% in both the quarter and the first half of the year.
Also note that Norway is included near the bottom of the list, and that more EVs are sold there than in any EU country. The total numbers look even better if you add the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, as they do at the bottom of the table.
Hybrids are doing fairly well too, up slightly more than 20% for both the second quarter of the year and the first 6-month period. That's slower growth than EVs and plug-in hybrids, but that's also from a higher base number (about double) too: