The swelling sales are not just about Norway and its extremely pro-EV public policies anymore, either. France is Europe's biggest seller of EVs so far this year. Its first-half electric vehicle sales were up over 31 percent to more than 27,000 vehicles. In the UK, electric-vehicle sales advanced 20 percent to about 23,000 units. Then, of course, came Norway, where electric-vehicle sales spiked 66 percent to almost 17,000 units for the first half of the year even as the government wound down its raft of EV perks.
And while propane and natural gas vehicle sales didn't grow as fast, European demand was still up. Through June, propane and natural gas vehicle sales advanced 14 percent to just over 136,000 units.
Things tapered off slightly during the second-quarter, when year-over-year EV sales growth slowed to 53 percent, while hybrid sales were up 23 percent. Still, those numbers are rosier than those in the US. Through the first half of the year, Americans bought about 258,000 plug-ins, hybrids and diesels, whose numbers were down 16 percent from a year earlier. Plug-in vehicle sales through June fell 7.6 percent to about 50,000 units. Take a look at the ACEA's figures here.