New passenger electric vehicle market share 2011-2018

The market share of newly registered electric vehicles in the European Union (EU) peaked at 1.1 percent in 2018. In the past seven years figures had steadily increased for both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Of EU member states, Sweden had the highest adoption rate of PHEVs, with 8.01 percent of all new passenger cars and light vehicles registered in 2018 being said EV type. Sweden ranked third in a global comparison of highest PHEV shares, while nine out of the leading ten entries were European countries.

Nissan Leaf is leading EV model

The leading EV car model in Europe was the Nissan Leaf, which sold nearly 41,000 units in 2018 and was closely followed by the Renault Zoe. Another Nissan model, the NV200, was the most popular of electric light commercial vehicles, ranking in twelfth place.

More EV charging stations available

The higher adoption of EVs goes hand in hand with efforts of European countries to improve infrastructure for such vehicles by increasing the number of charging stations available. By 2018, more than 155,000 had become available across the continent.

Total market share of newly registered passenger electric vehicles in the European Union from 2011 to 2018

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Release date

February 2019


Europe, EU

Survey time period

2011 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures were revised accorded to latest 2019 release.

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