EV sales double in EU with Renault and Volvo in lead.

Guardian: “New models helped sales of electric cars in the European Union double in 2013, but the zero-emission vehicles still only account for one in every 250 new cars sold.”
“Electric cars are a crucial part of government policies tackling both air pollution and climate change, but car manufacturers have lobbied hard against rules to cut emissions.
Almost 50,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in 2013, up from 22,000 in 2012, with the surge lead by three models that sold about 8,000 each, according to an analysis of official data by the Transport & Environment(T&E) campaign group.
The three new models dominating sales were Renault’s Zoe, costing from £14,000 after a £5,000 UK government subsidy; Mitsubishi’s Outlander costing £28,250 after subsidy, and Volvo’s V60 plug-in, priced from £44,275 after subsidy.
….Archer said that vehicle subsidies were not sustainable and that cutting the permitted overall emissions for the fleet of cars produced by each manufacturer was more effective in incentivising zero-emission cars in coming years. Cars are responsible for 15% of Europe’s total CO2 emissions.”