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Europe Plug-in Sales for H1 of 2017 + Updates for July and August

Plug-in vehicle sales in Europe reached 135 100 units in the first half of 2017, 32 % higher than for the same period of 2016. These include all Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) in Europe, of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Plug-in share of the European light vehicle market reached 1,63 % in June, the trend so far indicates further increases during the reminder of the year. Results from July and preliminary August indicate that growth is accelerating.

The German market is the highlight of 2017, with over 100 % increase over 2016 H1, making it the second largest market for plug-ins in Europe, after Norway.  Plug-in share in Norway is 29 % for BEV and PHEV combined. A good indication of what is possible with compelling savings on vehicle taxes, much lower running cost and a well developed charging infrastructure.

Nearly all countries post growth for 2017, many of them over 100 %, but from still low volumes. For the full year of 2017 we expect 305 - 310 000 plug-ins to be delivered in Europe, up 25 000 units from our previous forecast.

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Over 100 % Growth in Germany

The highlight of 2017 is Germany, the largest car market in Europe. Doubling plug-in sales vs 2016 H1 make it the 2nd largest market for electrically chargeable vehicles in Europe. Higher incentives were introduced in summer 2016, but the real kick came with the Diesel crisis expanding to Europe and the growing insight among leading OEM and legislators, that Plug-ins are a viable alternative. OEM plans for EV portfolios witness about spectacular u-turns, public interest and adoption have made several steps forward.

Nearly all Europe markets showed growth during H1-2017, only Netherlands' buyers still struggle with the incentive shift from Plug-in Hybrids to pure-electric vehicles. France and UK sales show only moderate increases for the first half year; all others have double or triple digit growth during the period, albeit from smaller bases.

In total, Europe plug-in sales grew by 32 %, compared to 2017-H1. Q1 increased 28%, Q2 35%. The preliminary results for July and August indicate that growth is accelerating: July came in + 54 %, August + 69 %, compared to the same months of last year.

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Norway with 29 % Plug-in Share

This diagram shows the share of  Plug-ins among all light vehicles sold in a country and the composition of BEVs and PHEVs in the overall share.

The plug-in share in Norway is off the chart, as usual, and still growing. No other country comes close to the 29 % share which Noway has performed during this year. The peak month, so far, was June with 35 %. BEV share was 16 %, PHEV share was 13 % for 2017 H1. EVs have a long tradition in Norway (think Th!nk and Buddy) and EV adoption in Norway started some years ahead of other countries. Thanks to obvious, stable incentives in form of generous tax and toll savings, EVs have become normality for light duty transport, despite long distances and a less than balmy climate. Cheap electricity from 99 % hydropower helps, too.

The mix of BEV vs. PHEV varies a lot between markets, highly depending on the individual incentive schemes. BEVs captured more share compared to 2016, but the current trend is towards PHEVs again, driven by the growing number of entries from German OEM. For 2017 YTD, 53 % of plug-in sales were all-electric in Europe.

It can be expected that future incentive schemes will reduce support for PHEVs and increase them for EVs. An example is the introduction of a tougher "bonus-malus" vehicle taxation system in Sweden from July 2018 onwards.

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