Signs that the outwardly encouraging fizz seen in Europeís electric car market during the closing months of last year has fizzled out again since the start of this year comes from AIDís exclusive latest survey of West Europeís electric car market
The sudden loss of steam, evident in both January and February, gives rise to AIDís downbeat view that this yearís European electric car market, barring the rumoured July introduction of electric car incentives in Germany, plus the renewed flare up of tempting purchase and use incentives in other markets, could end yet another year in the familiar wallflower position.
A sector made up in large part by a still small assortment of pricey also-rans
After a promising-looking brief interlude of buoyancy during last year's final 4th quarter, suggesting that European consumersí lacklustre demand for todayís still pricey electric cars may finally give way to at least a moderate and sustainable pickup in registrations, since the start of this year these faint green shoots have started to wilt again,
AID figures reveal.
Februaryís electric car sales figures in Western Europe, coming in the wake of a sluggish 16.9 per cent rise in registrations this January, rose by 37.7 per cent, according to AIDís exclusively compiled figures.
Compared with a notably livelier take-up rate during last yearís closing three months, when monthly electric car registrations edged up by between 47.9 and 69.8 per cent, the poor start to this yearís electric car sales season was seen as particularly
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