Top 10 electric cars in Europe by market share: vehicles with long range are winning

Electric vehicles are on a strong growth path in Europe, but which brands and models are attracting the most customers? NewMotion, a company that builds vehicle charging networks conducted a survey to find out the bestselling models. Compact cars with a long range are popular, as well as models suitable for road trips.

Renault Zoe, compact electric car
Electric car market share in Europe (excluding UK) for top 10 models:

    Renault ZOE (15%)
    Tesla Model S (14%)
    Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (10%)
    Nissan LEAF (8%)
    BMW i3 (7%)
    Hyundai IONIQ Electric (4%)
    Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid (4%)
    Opel Ampera (3%)
    Tesla Model X (3%)
    Volkswagen e-Golf 2017 (3%)

The Mitsubishi Outlander and Volvo V60 are hybrid models, others are powered by electricity alone.

Tesla Model S has the longest range of the top 10 models. According to the manufacturer 335 miles / 540 km range is possible with a single charge.

Tesla Model S, electric vehicle on a road
The consumption of battery energy during real life road trips and auto manufacturers’ optimistic range specifications don’t always match. For instance, the most popular model in Europe, Renault Zoe, is specified to have 250 miles / 400 km range. When a road test for compact electric cars was organized in Spain, the Zoe’s range was measured 175 miles/282 km in real use.

The market share results are based on NewMotion’s 2018 survey where the company received responses from almost 7000 electric vehicle users across Europe.

Interestingly, the most popular electric cars in the UK differ from the most popular electric vehicles in Continental Europe.

Electric Cars in the UK, top 10 by market share:

    Nissan LEAF (28%)
    Tesla Model S (25%)
    BMW i3 (11%)
    Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (7%)
    Renault ZOE (7%)
    Tesla Model X (5%)
    Hyundai IONIQ Electric (3%)
    Kia Soul EV (2%)
    Nissan e-NV200 Evalia (1%)
    BMW 225Xe (1%)

Nissan Leaf, electric car on road trip
Electric Cars Report writes that a strong growth period of electric vehicles is ongoing in the UK. It has been boosted by the installation of 14,900 public charge points. In 2017, electric vehicle registrations increased 27% in the UK.

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