Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Sales Surge In The Netherlands

2 years ago by Mark Kane 8

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Surprisingly good news comes from the Netherlands, where the luxury plug-in hybrid SUV – Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine made big splash in November.

According to EV Sales Blog, 714 units were sold, which is a few times more than all European sales reported in October (287).

The XC90 T8 Twin Engine is just beginning its sales journey, but we will observe whether it is able to maintain such strong returns in longer term.

The XC90 second generation entered the market this year, and according to Volvo, 31,444 have been sold (including ICE) through the end of November. With 6,792 sales (including ICE) in November, Netherlands, with 714 sales of the PHEV version, accounts for 10.5% just for the plug-in hybrid T8 version alone (not including any ICE XC90 sales in the Netherlands).

On the other hand, Netherlands, on its own is surging as over 5,200 plug-in sales were reported in November! That’s the nation’s third best result ever. For most of this year, growth of sales have been tremendous.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at 889 was the only plug-in model with an edge over the Volvo (both are plug-in hybrid SUVs).

Volkswagen Passat GTE, with 595 in October and 692 in November, is one of the few remaining plug-in models that shines in the Netherlands.

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

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

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

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

Source: EV Sales Blog

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8 responses to "Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Sales Surge In The Netherlands"

  1. jdbob says:

    Could just be the end of the year rush to get a PHEV before the business tax law changes in January.

    1. arne-nl says:

      “Could just be” –> “This definitely is”

      1. Jan says:

        Absolutely.
        Tax will raise tremendously in 2016.
        Dead of (plug in) EVs 🙁

  2. Mikael says:

    It should be mentioned that there will be fiscal changes by the end of the year that will benefit BEVs and very much limit PHEVs.

    Expect record levels in December and then a massive drop in January ’16.

    There is a good reason why Volvo are pushing the first sales to the Netherlands before the window closes and they can return to deliver ordered T8’s to other countries.

    1. AIP says:

      Exactly. The same goes for Mercedes with the 350 Plug-in – they have been pushing a major part of the 2015 production to NL too.

  3. Seth says:

    Most of the manufacturers are scrambling to get their plugins shipped, it needs to be registered this year for the tax rule to be valid. Some people will be missing the shipping date boat, and those will be quite sour.

    To be fair, 7% is quite a bit better then 15% (PHEV2016), but still not as bad as the 22% all the others (ICE2016) have over the MSRP.

    Only BEV has a sustained 4% for the next years upto 2020. Really wondering what it’ll do for that market, the newer leaf will probably see it’s first sustained succes.

    For the next year I’d expect some of the higher end plugins like the BMW and Volvo to continue reasonable demand, as the tax is also calculated over any extras on the car.

    Effectively that means you often get quite a luxury plugin model over the conventional ICE which would be lesser equipped. Unfortunately, for something in the lower segment like a Golf you can’t make up that price difference with the tax difference. Expect quite a few losses on the NL market there.

  4. Ted Wilson says:

    How come so many XC90 Plugins were sold in Netherlands, but only in single digits in USA.

    Are they not supplying many units here.

    1. Mikael says:

      Lots of XC90 plugins are sold in the US. But if you bothered to read the comments you would know why the deliveries are going to the Netherlands. 😛