Figures, compiled exclusively by AID, show that an already struggling electric car industry has suffered a setback with markedly lower than earlier anticipated electric car sales in Western Europe. So what will happen if todayís sub $50 oil price will be the new norm for the next half decade or so, likely tempting earlier potential electric car converts to stick with their still markedly cheaper conventionally powered petrol and diesel fuelled cars until the mid 2020s?
The good news for Europeís still nail-biting electric car industry is that in December West Europeís virtually lifeless electric car market regained some of the earlier lost momentum, thanks in no small measure to a miraculous looking eleventh hour registration spree in France.
But those counting on a general and notable pick up in Europeís electric car demand were disappointed. Expressed in
AIDís cold statistics, last year, the industryís total electric car haul reached less than 60,000 units in a market that grew 4.5 per cent to just a touch over 12m units.
Amount of days last year that
equated to electric cars sales in Western Europe in the regionís overall new car
This means that the auto-industryís latest crop of battery-powered electric cars have captured just a tiny 0.49 per cent of the regionís slowly recovering car market,
according to AIDís exclusive electric car sales figures.
That at least is the sobering message from AIDís electric car
observers, whose well-documented regular statistics reveal that last yearís total registrations of battery powered electric cars in Western Europe still equate to less than two days sales in the regionís overall new car
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EUROPEAN NEW ELECTRIC (PEV) CAR SALES BY COUNTRY:
2014 v DECEMBER 2013
FULL YEAR 2014
v FULL YEAR