Leading electric car models Europe 2018, by new registrations

According to data by Dataforce, Nissan Leaf was the leading electric car in Europe. The Japanese car maker sold nearly 41,000 units on the European market in 2018 and was closely followed by the French made Renault Zoe.
The ranking also included light commercial vehicles, with the most popular being the Renault Kangoo as the ninth entry in the list.

Hybrid model sales

Dataforce also determined the leading hybrid models sold in Europe, with another Japanese car maker clearly dominating the ranking. The five first entries were all models produced by Toyota. Subcompact vehicle Yaris came out on top with 130,596 units sold.

Electric car sales share

On average, plug-in electric vehicles accounted for roughly one percent of all newly registered passenger cars in Europe. The exception were most Nordic countries, the most notable of which was Norway, with an astonishing 48.3 percent of all cars purchased that year being either a battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Leading models of electric passenger cars and light commercial vehicles by new registrations in Europe in 2018*

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Release date

February 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Light commercial vehicles with a weight of up to 7 metric tons.

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