AIDís exclusively compiled figures show that last year sales of PHEVs in Western Europe pole-vaulted to a new historic high of 95,140 units, which marks a near threefold jump in just 12 months. Last yearís sales rally, which culminated in December, helped elevate last yearís car sales share of PHEVs to 0.72 per cent
Last year, Mitsubishiís Outlander PHEV was the top-seller in Western Europe with 31,270 units sold, AIDís own figures reveal.
Last yearís PHEV registration figures do not include any of the pure electric cars (PEV) typified by last yearís sector dominating Renault ZOE, Nissan LEAF or Teslaís Model S.
Last yearís combined market share of PHEVs and PEVs, excluding electric commercial vans, reached a new high of 1.41 per cent,
according to AIDís own exclusive figures.
Thanks to rip-roaring demand in the Netherlands, helped by no notable heat loss in both the UK and Norway, leading manufacturers of PHEV plug-in hybrids can look back at last yearís West Europeís turnout with a great deal of gratitude.
However, the sense of optimism portrayed outwardly by these topical and exclusive AID compiled numbers - suggesting that the sought-after take-off in the regionís PHEV demand may now be waiting just around the corner - is not quite what it
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