In the second quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle registrations in the EU increased (+17.4%), totalling 143,595. Of these, electric vehicle (EV) registrations significantly grew (+53.0%), rising from 18,024 units in Q2 2014 to 27,575 units in Q2 2015. Demand for new hybrid vehicles (HEV) also increased (+22.6%), totalling 53,443 units. 62,577 new passenger cars in the second quarter (+3.0%) were powered by propane and natural gas.
Looking at the EU’s major markets, the UK saw the largest increase of AFVs registered over the period (+62.4%), followed by France (+59.7%) and Spain (+58.0%). Among the EFTA countries, demand was primarily driven by Norway (+74.1%), with 11,614 vehicles registered, 77% of which electrically powered.