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Europe’s EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year

January 12, 2018 06:01 CET
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new Nissan Leaf and the start of a wave of premium European EVs designed to challenge Tesla’s dominance.

Demand for battery-powered vehicles is forecast to reach 600,000 by 2020 and rise to nearly a million by 2022, LMC Automotive predicts. This is a big change from last year when LMC says EVs surpassed the 100,000-sales barrier in Europe for the first time (EV sales were on track to reach 126,500 based on 10-month volume plus estimates for November and December, according to LMC).

Along with the second-generation Nissan Leaf, this year will see sales start for the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV and the possible launch of the Porsche Mission E sedan. The production version of the Audi e-tron electric SUV is expected to be shown this year, but LMC doesn’t believe the car will start reaching customers until 2019, citing information from Audi’s parent Volkswagen Group

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