Netherlands Shocks With Nearly 16,000 Plug-In Electric Car Sales In December!

1 year ago by Mark Kane 33

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands (data source: EV Sales Blog) – December 2015

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands (data source: EV Sales Blog) – December 2015

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands (source: EV Sales Blog) – December 2015

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands (source: EV Sales Blog) – December 2015

Netherlands set an amazing record of new plug-in car sales in December 2015 at 15,908 according to EV Sales Blog (official and partially estimated data). Sales increased over 9 times year-over-year.

The U.S. record stands at ≈13,699 (set in December of 2015) . But the Netherlands is a relatively tiny country.

Compared to 69,156 new car registrations (record) that’s a 23% share for plug-in cars in December. For the year, over 43,000 plug-ins out of 449,347 registrations stands at 9.6% average.

EV Sales Blog notes that December 2015 is slightly higher than in the whole of 2014!

The cause?

The surge of sales in late 2015 isn’t a natural phenomenon, but related to some tax rebate cuts beginning January 1, 2016,

All-electric cars remain at 4% tax (so no rush in sales here), but plug-in hybrids move from 7% to 15% (non-plug-in stand at 21-25%) – note the surge (pictured left) in extended range sales in December.

It’s also amplified by new models and new versions of existing models (like Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV).

Anyways, we are fairy confident that the year 2016 will begin badly in comparison to 2015’s end for plug-in car sales in the Netherlands.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains #1

An extraordinary 3,700 deliveries of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV makes it #1 again, at 8,759 for the 2015 year, just ahead of Volkswagen Golf GTE.

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine again did great with 1,494 in December – that’s over 16% of all Volvo XC90 sales globally, so including other countries, T8 Twin Engine takes a decent share for this model. We will see how it proceeds in a more steady environment.

Volvo can be happy also because the V60 PHV was third overall at 4,400, slightly ahead of the Audi A3 e-tron.

As you can see, most sales comes from plug-in hybrids. All-electric models remain just small fraction of the market with Tesla Model S the highest at #8.

Here is a cumulative sales graph, which begins in January 2013 (including previous years, Netherlands for sure has more than 80,000 plug-ins on its roads).

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands (data source: EV Sales Blog) – December 2015

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands (data source: EV Sales Blog) – December 2015

Source: EV Sales Blog

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33 responses to "Netherlands Shocks With Nearly 16,000 Plug-In Electric Car Sales In December!"

  1. Alex says:

    I renember December 2013, the entire world production of Outlander PHEVs flooded the port and writes histroy with nearly 5.000 units, Mitsubishis cash cow!

  2. Alaa says:

    Norway is doing better. But it is a welcomed news.

  3. Elroy says:

    Yup, Norway has significantly more BEVs.

  4. kosee says:

    There has been a lot of critic on people leasing the plugin hybrids but driving them just on gasoline. Unfortunately the numbers say otherwise the plugin hybrids use about the gasoline of a prius. The change in the tax scheme may be good for bev adoption in the future but right now it’s based on nonsense and emotions.

    Oh yeah.. the 4% tax, which is really low, will stay for BEVs. There might be a maximum when looking at price though. Yes, that would be an anti tesla law… last time I checked this was not yet official.

    1. kosee says:

      I meant half the gas of a prius. Somehow forgot to write ‘half’.

      1. arne-nl says:

        “Unfortunately the numbers say otherwise”

        Surely you mean ‘fortunately’?

        1. kosee says:

          Yes… well my post is just a mess. Well I guess it’s informative anyway.

    2. Mikael says:

      It’s something that has been shown from the start of PHEV sales. The strange assumption that a lot of PHEVs would not be driven on electricity is and has always been nonsense.

      It has also been very clear how large part of the miles are driven on electricity depending on the kWh/range in the car showing that even the ~10-12 kWh PHEVs cut about 50% of the ICE miles driven on average.

      1. RexxSee says:

        BEVs with long range we need.

      2. Sondre says:

        Do you have a source for these numbers? I am interested reading it

          1. wavelet says:

            Yes, the Volt’s 70%+ electric miles are famous (well, at least here at InsideEVs (-: ).

            What I, and I assume Sondre & others are wondering about, is what the situation is with all the _other_ PHEVs, esp. the European ones with very short AER (<20mi / 30km). No other PHEV (AFAIK) currently has the Volt's AER range, and none in Europe now that the Ampera is no longer sold.

            I'm not sure Mikael's optimism is warranted here — 15-20mi of real-world AER (which is what the A3 e-tron has, so presumably Passat & Golf GTE are similar… All the announced BMWs, Mercedes' and Volvos have less —
            isn't enough for a round-trip commute for many people.
            So, any sources with actual numbers?

            Jay et al, I think this is worth its own article, if numbers are available.

            1. Mikael says:

              It’s not optimism, it’s statistics and facts.

              Just do some basic research and you will find the truth. 🙂

  5. Absidu says:

    Same taxation will be really good for USA.

    1. JP white says:

      That’s OK. We already get taxed.

  6. tftf says:

    Goes on to show how much PHEV and EV demand is (still) dependent on regulatory incentives and deadlines, not true market demand.

    Same situation in Denmark and of course Norway…

    1. Mikael says:

      There are markets with little to none EV incentives hitting 2-3% of total sales so “true market demand” is getting there too.

      The incentives though are cutting years of natural growth and are also helping to get the volumes up, the prices down and the manufacturers to offer more and better plugins. A great help to get the change go faster.

      True market demand is also pretty irrelevant since the ICEs and their emissions are unwanted and something we will get rid of no matter what.

      1. PVH says:

        What could this market be ? (2-3% market share with no incentives). Sweden maybe ? To achieve this you need an highly educated population with high purchase power.

        1. Someone out there says:

          Sweden does indeed have incentives, google “supermiljöbilspremie”

        2. IQ130 says:

          The four wheel drive Tesla Model S is doing well in Switzerland without incentives.

        3. Nichen says:

          I’m from Sweden and I think most swedes are very loyal to Volvo and the ICE-industry. Volvo said that they will start selling long range EVs in 2019….and latest assumption I heard was 31 000 BEVs and PHEVs for December 2016 (total number of ev-cars on the road) And there are about 1200 Teslas here now. We are slowly joining the EV-train as well.

    2. Just_Chris says:

      I am not an economist but it is very clear that no market can function correctly if there are perverse incentives or market failures.

      I think it is quite true that a lot current generation EV’s would not be economically viable if incentives were not in place to encourage people to purchase them but in the same way if the auto-industry was forced to pay for the damage its vehicles cause to peoples health and environment in a proportional way (i.e. the more a vehicle pollutes then the more it would have to pay) then I think the vehicles on sale would be very different. There is also a pretty strong case for banning things that cause fatalities when there is a perfectly viable alternative.

      Anyway, IMO the actions of the masses will be controlled by either a few smart people looking to make a lot of money or by a few smart politicians elected by the masses to act on their behalf. Every time we remove the controls and “let the market decide” the market is corrupted by a few people who know how to play it.

      1. Nick says:

        “Function correctly”.

        A market is just a means to an end, not an end unto itself.

        Since the market is upending our biosphere, it’s not accomplishing our goals. Thus it needs to be adjusted or scraped.

      2. MikeG says:

        Thanks for mentioning that ICE and PHEVs have a huge incentive over BEVs–the GHG they produce isn’t subject to some tax or user fee.

        Next time someone complains that EV incentives are unfair, remind them that petrol vehicles get to pollute for free.

      3. Paul says:

        France has a true incentive / punishing system for driving clean / dirty. You pay less for clean cars (even 10000 euros less for a BEV if you scrap your old diesel), but you pay extra tax on top of MSRP for big polluting cars.

        It is good and it works. But it could work much better for BEVs if the number of charging stations was sufficient, which it isn’t.

        A lot of new fast charging stations had been promised for 2015, but 90% of them have not been built. The French should go have a look at Fastned in Holland or at Tesla with their Superchargers, to learn how you get it done.

    3. Samwise says:

      Taxing more damaging business activities (like bruing oil) to correctl assign the financial burden of fixing the damage is in fact making the market more accurate not less.
      It’s a massive lie using the phrase “free market” as an excuse to not clean up after yourself! Pretending like regulation to prevent pollution is some kind of scarey boggey man to be avoided at all cost regardless of how many people die or how much evironmental damage is being done.

  7. actu says:

    The VW Passat GTE is just available a few months and already shows a really great performance here with almost 2000 units. In addition Sweden (~150), Norway and France (~90) and for sure some of the almost 400 VW plug-in hybrids in Germany (detailed statistics not yet available) are helping the total number rise in direction of 2500. The Passat GTE could be one of the major PHEV models in Europe and would – in sales numbers – not be too far away from the Volt 2!

    In my opinion it’s the hidden champion of the new models arrived in Europe 2015.

    1. PVH says:

      I noted that too. Quite surprising. Not sure these sale numbers will be maintained in the long run however (certainly not in the Netherlands for example where incentives are now more focused of BEV’s, not PHEV’s). VW probably has hit a sweet spot meaning that this car is big enough to be a real family car but price tag remains more or less reasonable. For one example, the Volt 2 is slightly too small to be a real family car and that will cost GM some sales.

      1. wavelet says:

        What is the Passat’s real AER, and what % of miles driven are electric? That’s the truly interesting number.

  8. Malcolm says:

    It’s really quite distressing that in a country with an excellent fast charging network, and in neighbouring countries, that so few BEVs are being sold

    1. Paul says:

      The sales of BEVs will accelerate in Holland now the incentives aim squarely at them, starting 2016, leaving out the PHEVs.

    2. heisenberght says:

      Completely agree. Look at germany: Ultra high density of superchargers (far higher than in the US)

      In the worst cases (Cuxhaven, Wilhelmshaven, Paderborn and Salzwedel) the next supercharger is less than 80 km away. Hey Tesla, just put 4 more please 😉

      Further take into account that the longest travel inside germany is about 1000 kilometers (Flensburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen) and the range of a Tesla Model S (about 500 kilometers)

      Even further take into account, that in germany most households have 3-phase electricity already installed!

      One might see that the whole “argument” of lacking infrastructure is just ridiculous. The infrastructure is already installed. The only problem is that big car is not willing to use it.

      Hey VWgroup, BMW and Mercedes, just give Tesla a call and your customers will have more than they need!!! Stop pretending that fast charging is not yet done and you will stop loosing customers. We really hate your nonsense “arguments”.

      If Angie just took a look over to the Netherlands or Sweden then germany could be the “Leitmarkt” but up to now its the “Leidmarkt”

  9. Mike I says:

    Where the heck did Opel get 34 Amperas to sell? Did they pull all the dealer stock from the rest of the EU to sell in NL???