Electric car sales up 227 percent in 2013

JonathanAugust 22, 2014

Demand for electric cars is reportedly growing, with figures from Transport & Environment group suggesting that sales more than doubled in 2013.

The data, released by the European Union, shows that a total of 50,000 electric-powered cars were purchased in 2013 in Europe, a staggering 227% rise on the 22,000 units reportedly sold in 2012. It was also shown that of all cars sold, electric ones currently make up every one in 250.

Greg Archer of the Transport & Environment group reacted to the news positively, but was keen to stress that price is still an issue for most road-users.

“Electric cars are growing strongly, but at the same time the simple truth is that they are too expensive for most people to consider,” said Mr Archer. “But the price will come down over time and you will see this technology start to compete. This is a revolution and it will take time to happen. The hype that surrounded electric vehicles back in 2010 was never going to be delivered.”

There were a number of standout sellers, including the Mitsubishi Outlander, Volvo V60 Hybrid Plug-in and Renault Zoe – posting a combined 8,000 in sales.

Interestingly, the Citroen iON/C-zero and Vauxhall/Opel Ampera, two of the most successful electric cars in 2012, were usurped by newer models with superior qualities.

While there is currently a £5,000 plug-in grant that electric and hybrid car owners in the UK are eligible for, experts believe that it may take extra penalties on diesel engines and other less green vehicles to make owning an electric car a more enticing offer for British motorists. In the mean time, why not take a look at some of the Mitsubishi Car Leasing deals available here.


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