AID compiled exclusive figures show that PHEVs still dominate Europeís still tiny Plug-in market, and last year sold nearly four times faster than BEVs
The day that manufacturers of the pure electric cars (BEV) typified by Nissanís Leaf or Teslaís Model S may have been dreading has arrived: The fast-expanding new breed of Plug-in-hybrids
(PHEVs), a sector still typified today by Mitsubishiís still sector-dominating Outlander PHEV, is not only outselling electric cars, but last yearís PHEV sales in Western Europe also grew almost four times faster than sales of pure electric cars (BEVs), according to AIDís own data.
But the most notable overall impression from last yearís revealing PHEV sales figures is that the combined efforts of carmakers and governments, both pushing the green theme more than ever, have evidently failed to make much impression on the cool-headed purchasing decisions of Europeís new car buyers.
Exclusively compiled figures from AID reveal that last yearís West European sales of PHEVs comfortably outpaced not only the regionís still strongly recovering new car market, but also outperformed last yearís comparatively sluggish regional sales from BEVs.
According to AID compiled sales numbers last yearís West European market for PHEVs rose 17.5 per cent to some 112,615 units.
Same year sales of BEVs, by direct comparison, rose by less than the overall car market.
For BEVs thatís a 4.6 per cent advance to 94,056 units...more
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