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Global Plug-in Vehicle Sales for 2016 H1

Worldwide plug-in vehicle sales including June were 312 000,  49 % higher than for the same period in 2015. These include all global BEV and PHEV passenger cars sales and light commercial vehicle in Europe. The total vehicle market is up by 5 % in the first half year to 35 million cars and 12 million trucks. Plug-in vehicle sales grow 10 times faster than the overall market, but still capture a world market share of below 1 %.

China is the main driver of high growth in Plug-ins and China is increasing its significance as a market and as manufacturing base for "New Energy Vehicles", the Chinese term for electrically chargeable vehicles. With current regional growth rates, China will stand for 50 % of plug-in sales by the end of the year.

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China sets the pace

China is the growth motor for plug-in sales. "New Energy Vehicle" volume for passenger cars more than doubled in the first quarter and growth accelerated to 140 % for Q2. 128 % growth for H1 is much more than in any other region, but the days of 2- or 3-fold sales increases seen in 2014-2015  are probably over.

The US has recovered from the weak development during 2015 (-4 %), posts +19 % for the first quarter and +18 % for Q2. June and July were particularly strong with 50 % more sales than in 2015, Tesla, GM and Ford being the main source of the increase.

Europe struggles to continue on the 99 % growth rate of last year. Many markets develop strong, but the incentive changes for PHEV in the Netherlands and EVs in Denmark darken the overall picture. Growth was 31 % in Q1, but only 13 % in Q2. For details check our Europe summary here.

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Stable 60:40 Ratio

The mix of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) appears to be quite stable. There are differences between the regions, though. In China, the ratio is still two EVs on one PHEV. In USA and Europe, the EV/PHEV mix is approaching a 50:50 split. New model launches, mostly PHEV in Europe/US and mostly EVs in China play an important part in this.

Europe in particular shows diverse and interesting developments in the individual countries, largely depending on the tax & incentive structures and domestic product offers. EV-volumes has been tracking the developments several years back and gained many useful insights for the impact of incentives and product news.

Check our articles for Europe and our Data Center content for more info.

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