Good June news cuts through the clouds of misery still engulfing Europe’s electric car market – Exclusively compiled AID figures reveal that the really good news comes mainly, but not entirely, from France – Potentially spirit-lifting 1% market share barrier now breached by six West European markets, thus setting new record for still struggling European electric car sector – Is this another transitory blip or the beginning of the long sought-after breakthrough from electric cars?
At first glance, June’s 71 per cent jump, year on year, in West European electric car registrations looks impressive.
But it took only a quick second glance to learn that June’s meteoric rise, apart from yet another expected bumper turnout in Norway, was due principally to a more than doubling in French electric car sales.
Here, one factor in particular is at the root of France’s sudden electric car sales surge: Since April this year French government coffers pay up to €10,000 for anyone who turns in for scrap a diesel car 14 years or older to buy a new electric car.
Small wonder that since April 1 French electric car sales and leasing deals have taken off, boosting June’s French electric car sales penetration past the 1 per cent level for the very first time.
That follows a more than doubling in June sales to 2,336 units, narrowly failing to match the altitude of Norway’s still fast climbing electric car sales balloon, which rose to 2,617 during the same
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