Electric sales hit new European high

December was a record month for electric car sales in western Europe.

Sales topped 11,000 in the last month of 2015, and that figure swells to 33,000 if plug-in hybrids are also counted.

Tesla Model S and Renault ZOE both topped the sales chart with more than 3,000 units each.

Those numbers capped off a strong finish to the year for electric sales in general, with final quarter sales of 27,000 the best ever recorded in the region.

EagleAID, a European newsletter for the automotive industry, said, ‘For the electric car industry, doing business in Europe is still no stroll in the park. And yet, of late some encouraging signs have been spotted, adding a positive note to this now closely watched niche in West Europe’s otherwise upbeat looking new car market.

‘Never before in history have so many electric cars been registered in Western Europe in one month.

‘Moreover, apart from setting a new all-time record in December, with registrations scaling the 11,000 threshold for the first time, that follows three successive good months when regional electric car registrations topped the comparatively high 8,000 level for three months running.’