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AID EXCLUSIVE
WESTERN EUROPE
Electric car demand in Norway and rest of Europe remain oceans apart
February’s West European electric car sales, without Norway, almost 10% down on a year-ago
Published: Mon, 24 March 2014 17:42:01 GMT
 

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Europe’s underlying electric car demand remains crippled by today’s still sky-high price for such cars, the lingering lack of a charging infrastructure and the crucial element of range anxiety in the minds of potential buyers. However, in Norway’s run-away electric car market most, if not all, of these blatant shortcomings are no longer an issue. In consequence, this February tiny Norway on its own soaked up close on half the electric cars registered in the whole of Western Europe. 

West Europe’s February electric car sales figures, up by almost a half against the same month last year, say that the market remains on an outwardly healthy looking growth trajectory.

But AID research, after some further digging, concludes that February’s numerically impressive gain is not so much a sign of strongly growing demand for electric cars in Europe. 

Instead, February’s rosy electric car registration figures for the overall West European region are mainly the result of a major market distortion. 

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Western Europe's February electric car sales without Norway


Without Norway, which, thanks to its sky-high electric car subsidies and sweetheart electric car use regulations, still stands out as the only true paradise for electric car users on the planet, February’s electric car sales in Western Europe have actually dropped by close on 10 per cent.

Norway’s electric car sales soared to 1,385 this February, more than quadruple the 334 units sold in February 2013, according to AID’s exclusively compiled figures

In contrast, February sales in both Germany and France are still dwarfed by Norway’s same month turnout. 

February registrations in France slumped by more than a third to just 411 units, while same month registrations in Germany dropped almost 5 per cent to a trivial 481 units
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AID EXCLUSIVE
West European new electric car sales:
 
by country FEBRUARY 2014 VS FEBRUARY 2013
by country 2-MTHS 2014 VS 2-MTHS 2013

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