Germany Plug-In Electric Car Registrations Exceeded 23,000 In 2015

2 years ago by Mark Kane 7

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – 2015

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – 2015

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Germany ended the year 2015 – like many other countries – with a new record for plug-in electric car sales.

Registrations in December hit an all-time high of 3,176, which represents a record 1.28% market share. 1,920 of those registrations were assigned to all-electric models (a new record too), and 1,256 PHEVs.

As you can see above, Germany is increasing plug-in electric car sales every year and in 2015 the country registered 23,464 new plug-ins, which on average translated to 0.73% market share. Growth year-over-year stands at nearly 80%.

At the current pace of growth, next year maybe we will see 40,000 sales and between 1 and 2 percent of market share.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2015

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2015

Surprisingly, pure electric cars managed to have more registrations than plug-in hybrids (including BMW i3 REx) – 12,363 vs. 11,101. But later we will found out why.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2015

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2015

Kia Soul EV registrations in Germany - December 2015

Kia Soul EV registrations in Germany – December 2015

The model behind the huge all-electric car registrations increase in Germany is the Kia Soul EV with its phantom sales.

Kia Soul EV noted the most registrations among all plug-in models in Germany – 3,839, but we believe most of those cars pretty quickly disappeared and were exported to countries like Norway. Kia was able to decrease its CO2 emission to 131.1 g/km this way.

Kia Soul EV registrations in Germany - December 2015

Kia Soul EV registrations in Germany – December 2015

Kia Soul EV Autonomous Vehicle Group

Kia Soul EV Autonomous Vehicle Group

Let’s check  thenumber of registrations for the best selling all-electric models for the year 2015:

  • Kia Soul EV – 3,839
  • Renault ZOE – 1,787
  • Tesla Model S – 1,582
  • Volkwagen e-Golf – 1,092
  • BMW i3 non-REx – 1,051 (2,271 including REx)
  • Nissan LEAF – 948
  • smart ED – 676
  • Volkswagen e-up! – 547
  • Mercedes B-Class ED – 485

On the plug-in hybrid side, top models exceeded 2,000 sales. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV stood at 2,127 and the Volkswagen Golf GTE was at a similar 2,000+ level.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2015

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2015

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7 responses to "Germany Plug-In Electric Car Registrations Exceeded 23,000 In 2015"

    1. Braben says:

      Um, it’s nowhere near Norway. In Norway electric vehicles have a market share of 17.1% according to your source. In Germany it’s not even a tenth of that.

      1. TomE says:

        Percentage of total aside, it’s exactly like Norway, in that it doubles every year. Give it a few more… Hockey sticks everywhere! ;o)

  1. RexxSee says:

    Everywhere except here in Petro-Land

  2. Bone says:

    Bit dissappointing at below 1 percent market share. Most german manufacturers are promising long range BEVs and 150 kW CCS network by 2020. I guess there are many potential german BEV buyers waiting for that. I sincerely hope they’ll get what they’re waiting for.

  3. jpo234 says:

    There is a structural reason for the relatively slow adoption of BEVs in Germany: home ownership.
    To own a BEV you currently need a garage for overnight charging.
    And with home ownership relatively low in Germany (place 44 out of 46 on Wikipedia, a rate of 53.3% in Germany vs. 83.5% in Norway), this is a real obstacle.

    1. buu says:

      yeah not much room to grow 53,3 – 0,4% …