The number of electric cars in Europe in the first half of the year has exceeded 1 million and it is expected to reach 1.35 million by the end of 2018. In the first half of 2018, growth is observed in all markets and in some of the smaller ones there are 100 percent peaks over the same period of 2017.

EV-Volumes’s forecast is that a total of 430 000 electric vehicles will be supplied on the market throughout 2018 and their total number will reach 1.35 million.

The French model from Renault – Zoe is absolute favourite in Europe for another consecutive year. Zoe is the most sold e-car in Germany (680 units), Norway (428), Austria (237) and Portugal (112). Following in this ranking are the BMW i3, Nissan LEAF, and the Tesla models, which will be experiencing increasing attention on the market despite the controversial position of the company and its owner Elon Musk.

The biggest share of sold e-vehicles remain in Norway, Germany, Britain, France and Sweden. According to the experts’ forecasts, 84 000 similar cars will be sold in Norway by the end of the year and 88 000 in Germany. Norway has long kept the lead in battery driven cars thanks, in particular, to the generous state incentives that are provided to the buyers.

While sales of electric vehicles are growing rapidly, they still form only 2 percent of all newly registered vehicles and vans in Europe in the first half of 2018. By the end of the year, their share is expected to reach 2.35 percent.

Europe reached the mark of million sold e-cars almost a year after China (the Asian country has a much bigger automotive market), but still ahead of the US, which is expected to reach this million club later this year, driven by the market’s interest in the last Tesla model.

The analysts say that the reasons for achieving these growths are lower taxes, smaller operating costs and the development of the charger infrastructure. Charging for 100 km costs an average of 2.20 BGN, if the car is charged relatively slowly from a regular contact and an optimal price of BGN 8-9.00 per 100 km if a quick charge is preferred from a charger station.

In Britain, a requirement is on its the way stating that all large petrol stations should have also charging devices for electric cars. A draft law in India states that, by 2030, all vehicles must be electrical. In Japan, the electricity stations are more than petrol stations. For inclusion in the overall European programme, Bulgaria should, by 2025, replace half of its vehicles with environmentally clean ones.