A total of just over 50 000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold throughout Europe over the course of the first eleven months of 2013. While marking a slight uptick from 2012 sales figures this total failed to live up to the market predictions of a few years ago, much less the vast change necessitated to keep a pace of environmental developments.

The year’s best selling vehicle in this class was, quite predictably, Nissan’s market dominating Leaf which nearly reached the 10 000 unit mark in Europe, falling just shy at 9 833 units sold through November but maintaining a solid lead over the competition with Renault’s ZOE coming in second with 8 138 vehicles sold. Rounding out the top five were the Renault Kangoo Z.E., the Volvo V60 plug-in, and the Toyota Prius plug-in.

U.S. sales figures for the year provided slightly more hope than Europe’s less than impressive growth, nearly doubling 2012’s total of 53 000 cars to reach a roughly 96 000 over the year. In contrast to the Nissan Leaf’s European dominance, the American market continued to be ruled by the Chevrolet Volt, as has been the case since its release in 2010, edging out the Leaf’s 22 610 units at 23 094.

In addition to these two strong mass market leaders, the Tesla Model S is expected to make a significant showing, given its premium price, estimated to reach as high as 18 000 units sold over the year.

Source: European sales figures in Tekniikan Maailma (in Finnish)

US sales figures from Green Car Reports 

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