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ELECTRIC  AID EXCLUSIVE 
Europeís uphill electric car journey runs into May

Published: Thu, 02 July 2015 13:00:19 GMT

BMW i3 May Electric car sales Western Europe

Europeís rose-tinted May electric car story, when measured in percentage growth terms, clearly tells an upbeat tale. Thatís chiefly because electric car registrations topped last yearís same month level by a quarter. Mayís bounce brings the sectorís five months gain to an outwardly impressive 51.8 per cent. Impressive headway by any measure

Expressed in cold statistics, there is more good news for the electric car industry. 

Thatís chiefly because in todayís overall European car world, carmakers would count themselves lucky with just a fraction of the growth posted so far by electric cars. 

And yet, in sales volume terms, AIDís exclusive regular electric car sales data gives rise to an altogether more cautionary tale for anyone believing to spot the first signs of a slow-budding electric car sales spring on the immediate horizon. 

5,829
Mayís West European electric car registration total


Mayís West European electric car registration total Ė 5,829 units for the 17 countries regularly monitored by AID Ė draws a picture of an autoindustry segment that has yet to move above its long-held wallflower status. 

Despite another month of strong double-digit growth, AIDís monthly progress report on the underlying health of West Europeís electric car market still supports the unwavering view that so far earlier demand expectations have proved overly optimistic.

AIDís weather warning 

The way the runes are read, and contrary to this year's outwardly sunny electric car sales picture, AIDís expert market observers are not alone in believing that todayís strong tailwinds, chiefly in Norway, France and the UK for example - due almost entirely to mouthwatering financial incentives and sweetheart user conditions for would-be electric car buyers - are likely to turn into strong headwinds the minute these launch aids are dropped
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