France leads European e-car market

August 26, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
By far the most battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) within Europe are sold in France - probably a result of financial incentives granted by the French government. Though the largest country market for cars, Germany only ranks third - after Norway.

In 2012, French customers bought 9314 electric cars - more than twice as many as the second player, Norway. In the Scandinavian country, 4007 e-cars were sold. The reason for the relatively high demand in Norway with just about 5 million inhabitants: Huge hydroelectric power capacities make energy cheap. In Germany, only 3254 electric vehicles were sold though the country counts about 80 million inhabitants and claims to be the largest automotive market in Europe. These figures were provided by Munich Expo, organizer of the eCarTec fair for electric driving.

In the UK, 1540 buyers chose an electric car. A relatively high demand was also seen in the Netherlands with 1268 BEVs. The lowest demand was registered in Ireland with just 189 electric vehicles sold. The total number of e-cars amounted to 24.1480 - far below the projections of many industrial masterminds. And still a long way to go to meet the political goals: In Germany alone, the government hopes to see one million electric cars on the roads by 2020.