25,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Sales In Germany For 2016

JAN 31 2017 BY MARK KANE 26

New plug-in electric car registrations in Germany decreased in December by 11% to 2,815, although market share improved to 1.1%.  

We should also note that the year-over year comparable was against the current all time best month (december 2015) for sales in the country.  So in this case, a miss isn’t all that bad.

BMW i3

BMW i3

  • BEVs (all-electric sales) – 1,334 (down 31%)
  • PHEVs (plug-in hybrid sales) – 1,481 (up 18%)

BMW i3 continue its trend of relatively strong sales in its home market, and logged 433 plug-in registrations (with 143 of them being the extended range/PHEVversion).

Tesla as expected also had a relatively strong month with 160 Model S and 111 Model X deliveries.

For the year 2016, registrations increased by 7% to 25,154, reaching a market share of 0.75%.

  • BEVs – 11,410 (down 7.7%)
  • PHEVs – 13,744 (up 23.8%)

Overall, the best selling model was the BMW i3 (2,863 new registrations), of which 1,521 were all-electric and 1,342 were REx; which allowed the Renault ZOE to take home the fully electric/BEV crown with 2,805 sales.

Final Tesla Model S sales amounted to 1,474, while the Model X finished 2016 with 430 registrations.

Also finishing in 4-digits was: Audi A3 e-tron (1,615) Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (1,463), Kia Soul EV (1,384), Volkswagen Golf GTE 1,315, Volkswagen Passat (1,256) and BMW 225xe Active Tourer (1,203). While the Nissan LEAF surpisingly had its best ever yearly result in Germany with 1,121 sales.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – 2016

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – 2016

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2016

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2016

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2016

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2016

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2016

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2016

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26 Comments on "25,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Sales In Germany For 2016"

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I just don’t understand why Germany is dragging it’s feet on EV adoption? Is there some barrier that I just can’t see? Something that makes owning an EV in Germany impossibly impractical? It appears to have a similar level of charging infrastructure to other nations around it and there are plenty of options but they just don’t seem to be selling. Are all the Germans heading over to France or Holland buying an EV and then importing it into Germany?

It´s even worse: 2016 and 2015 Kia registered hundreds of Soul-EVs in Germany to meet european regulations (average fleet exhaust) and then exported them to Norway. They moved not a centimeter in Germany.

In Germany the price of electricity is extremly high, in most cases 0,25 € or more (day _and_ night), due to skyrocked high subsidies for renewables. This is a big showstopper for EV-adaptation.

And about 50% of the people are living in rented codos, without any possibility of charging at home.

On the other hand, gasoline costs around €5,35 ($5,78) per gallon in Germany. It will still save you a lot of money on fuel costs. On the other hand, in Norway gasoline costs 28% more.

…and in America we’re so political that EVs get snapped up where KWh prices are highest, not lowest.

Recent graphs haven’t done justice to how much KWh prices vary in the U.S. Because of broad regulation and public ownership, you can find sub-$.05/KWh overnight rates, and $.40/KWh top tier rates. What Americans pay is extremely distributed, versus probably anywhere else on earth.

Part of the whole story above is how batteries will smooth this all out.

PS – I wondered if someone was going to bring up the Kia data noise.

The cost of electricity is high in Germany because it has one of the highest taxes on electricty in the world reaching 50%. In UK it is about 17 or 18%.

They also subsidize electricity prices to industry by charging residences a high price. That’s part of Germany’s industrial policy.

Being an EV enthusiast myself here, it’s though. The main reason is no speed limit autobahn. You can go regularly at speeds from 150 – 200 km/h and that’s where a diesel car still excels. No matter what BEV or PHEV you got. If go regularly on the autobahn for a 200 – 400 km trip at that speeds, every PHEV will go on gasoline with super low mileage and with BEV’s you can’t go that fast anyways. (Expect Tesla, but at 200 km/h constant speed, the battery will also empty super fast)

Expensive electricity, the Autobahn and not a lot of good EVs from popular (German) makes. And 0.75% surely isn’t good, but not much worse than the US, for example, wich has greater incentives and ZEV states.

1) German car buyers are pretty loyal to German cars.
2) German car makers were very slow to the EV market so they don’t have many plug-in cars. And the plug-in cars they have are kinda pathetic . . . BEVs with small batteries and high prices. PHEVs with pathetically small electric ranges. Their best model is probably the BMW i3 weirdmobile.
3) German electricity is expensive. They will need to create special EV electricity rates if they want to increase adoption.

Yes Germans build PV and wind farms everywhere, but don’t buy EVs. My guess is they are brainwashed by German automakers.

You people realize the US does not buy any more plugins per capita right??

Germany .75 % market share
US .9 % market share


But I will solve the mystery of why the Germans and Americans dont buy more plugins…
The price is too high and the range is too low…

Yes, the cars are still mostly garbage.

Well, Yogurt. A plug-in port does not a great plug-in make.

Example: 2017 Panamera for $100,000 is just shy of the 16KWh battery capacity of the 2011 Chevy Volt. And if this “Porsche” weighs over 4,900lbs with 14KWh, what would it weight with 100KWh? How would it handle, if they took what must be huge bow weight, and put it low, between the axles?

I get the Autobahn thing, but have to shake my head at what the new U.S. Porsche customer is all about? Should they be buying cars for political fashion statements, or how they fit into their daily, sub-100mph lives? It’s certainly not auto-crossing.

Well pj…
I have no idea why you are talking about Porsches but the Germans (and Americans) are not buying Leafs or Zoes which are much cheaper and fully available there or anything else in any volume…
The bottom line is EVs cost to much for to little range for the average joe even consider buying one…

I would say that one major problem is that except for one company they are all competing about the most complicated thing: Building a small EV with decent range at affordable price. A bigger car can easier carry the weight, has higher consumption and more fuel saving potential. And then you could also use it for more of your driving, we do use our leaf on longer trips, but it is still a small car and on long trips in winter there just isnt enough space. And as bigger cars are initially higher priced they can much easier accomodate higher prices.

I was talking about Porsche because that’s how high up one has to go in the German food chain, to find the KWh Americans used to sell in their economy cars.

Cars with suicide doors and 155mm tires shouldn’t count.

Um . . . 0.9% > 0.75%

Thanks for all the info from the German and other EU commenters. Really interesting. I had forgotten the high proportion of rental properties in Germany which will remove a lot of potential buyers from the market.

I think comparing Germany to the US in terms of % numbers is a good way to look at it but I don’t think that is necessarily a comparison that would sit all that comfortably with a nation that prides itself on being at the very forefront of the auto-industry.

This is pathetic.

Well . . . most of the German cars are pretty pathetic and the Germans are pretty loyal German car-buyers. I think sales will improve as better German plug-ins come out.

Well. Unless BEVs get a useful range (300 miles/500km) at speeds of around 100 mph / 160km/h, this situation will not improve a great deal. I.e. battery capacities of 150 to 250kWh are required. EVs still have a ver y long way to go, and they will. But they are not ‘there’ yet. Not by a long shot.

WTF? The Tesla Model S 100D has a range of 335 miles (EPA rated) and a top speed of 155 mph.

Try again.

Not buy a long shot? WRONG. Here, see for yourself:

I think German plug-in sales will increase as they start to offer German long-range BEVs and PHEVs that don’t have a joke-sized battery.

Germans love Diesel for their power and low consumption. I believe plugin sales will improve as soon as there will be Diesel bans for a couple of German city centres. In fact an environmental aid organisation sued German cities for breaking the law as they are failing to implement effective measures to lower NOx immissions.

Well I’m hoping Dieselgate has woken up the Germans regarding diesel.

For a country that is so environmental that they banned new nuclear power and bought massive amounts of solar PV despite having terrible solar insolation, they certainly have a HUGE BLIND SPOT when it comes to the environmental problems with diesel.

But I guess there is a lot of history there and it is hard to move away from tradition. Rudolf Diesel is a thing.