Nearly 540 000 Plug-ins were delivered during 2015, a 70% increase over the figures for 2014.
Nearly 200 000 Plug-ins were sold in Q4 alone, according to new figures from EV-Volumes, an EV sales database and consultancy.
Admittedly, some special events inflated the quarter 4 results much beyond the trend of Q1-Q3. There was the run on plug-in hybrids in the Netherlands and Sweden (lower incentives for 2016), the boost in mini-EV sales in China (lower subsidies, depending on range) and the Tesla hype in Denmark (revised tax exemption schemes), to name the most significant.
The share of all Plug-ins in the global vehicle sales was still only 0,6 % in 2015. In September, the global vehicle population of Plug-ins reached the 1st million. Many countries have set national targets for their low-carbon vehicle population in 2020.
The healthy global growth during 2015 is the more impressive as it came from 2 regions only: Europe and China. Sales in Europe doubled and they more than tripled in China, while contracting by 4 % in USA. The Volt change-over, declining sales of the aging Leaf and the complete absence of SUVs during most of the year left a visible dent in the US sales records. For Japan, 2015 was a lost year for plug-in sales.