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WESTERN EUROPE

Record electric car sales
Europeís December electric car sales zoom to new record high
Published: Thu 30 Jan 2014 17:10:26 GMT
 

Renault ZOE chargin electric PEV

Decemberís lively bounce in electric car registrations, thus setting a 4th successive all-time high for any month on record, suggests that at least in some parts of Europe the autoindustryís closely watched electric car venture is finally set to roll and appears on first sight to have gained some long overdue traction. 

At first sight, that looks plausible. 

However, these same figures, under closer scrutiny, also suggest that the sudden implied bullishness of Decemberís West European electric car market is not quite what it seems.

Thatís partly because Decemberís encouraging turnout was due in no small measure to one special factor. 

578
Tesla Model S December sales in the Netherlands


A boom in low emission car sales in the Netherlands.

Decemberís Dutch electric car sales party, some market commentators now believe, is likely to yield a lingering hangover during this yearís opening quarter, and the reasons are all too easily spotted.

New car buyers in the Netherlands beat a path to the nearest car dealer in order to beat the December 31st deadline for notable tax handouts to be had for ultra-low emission cars. 

The resulting eleventh hour rush crowned the Netherlands as Decemberís biggest electric car market in Europe. 

That follows a near sevenfold jump in registrations to a continent-leading 1,884 units. 

The Opel Ampera had 703 units registered in the Netherlands in December according to official figures. 

Decemberís runner-up slot went to the Tesla Model S with 578 registration, followed in third and fourth slot by the BMW i3 and Renaultís ZOE with respective December registrations of 225 and 205 units
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West European new electric car sales:  
by country DECEMBER 2013 VS DECEMBER 2012
by country FULL YEAR 2013 VS FULL YEAR 2012

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