Do Record Sales of the Nissan LEAF in Germany in April Show Domination Over Plug-In Hybrids?

MAY 18 2013 BY MARK KANE 9

Last year, Nissan sold only 451 LEAFs in Germany.  This year, there is an upward shift in those numbers.

2013 Nissan Leaf

Yep…It’s a Hot Seller in Germany

After just four months, LEAF sales in German clocked in at 241 units, thanks to a record-breaking April, when 191 LEAFs were delivered.

It’s hard to say if LEAF sales in Germany will remain high, but this 2013 start is a positive sign.

Moving away from the LEAF, we see that 262 Citroën C-Zeros were sold in Germany thus far in 2013, but only 2 in April.  Year-to-date sales for the Peugeot iOn check in at only 27 and sales of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV total only 39 units after the first four months of 2013.  The Renault Zoe, which recently hit the German market, sold 43 units for the year.

What is important to point out here is that sales of electric vehicles are slowly growing in Germany, despite no incentives.  Additionally, electric vehicle outsell plug-in hybrid in Germany by a significant margin.  Total sales of the Opel Ampera dropped from 828 in 2012 to only 100 units after the first four months of 2013.  In April, only 19 Amperas were sold in Germany.

It would seem like it’s getting close to the time for General Motors to slash the price of the Chevy Volt and its near-identical foreign siblings.  Don’t you think?

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“It would seem like it’s getting close to the time for General Motors to slash the price of the Chevy Volt and its near-identical foreign siblings.  Don’t you think?”

If GM wants to sell more Volts they need to get the price much closer to the Leaf ~$30K. They need to match or better what Nissan has done!

Exactly, it’s clear GM can see the only way to increase plug-in vehicle sales, is price reduction. I think GM is planning to cut the price of the Volt/Ampera by up to $7k for the MY2014 and $10k from the current price when new model is released by MY2015/16.

July 15, 2013 is the production start date for the 2014 Volt, and GM has their largest inventory ever of over 9k Volt’s in inventory as of today.

Their current deal ends 7/1/2013, which means the price drop has to take place effective 7/2/2013. I look for GM to discount the current 2013 Volts by up to $7k starting 7/2/2013.

Order banks(with no pricing) for the 2014 Volt opened on 4/18/2013.

Sounds like a great plan!

I’m glad this is in the works. It can’t happen soon enough!

Looks like the summer will be a great sales event for GM!

The more EVs the better!

Interesting that electric cars would be that popular in Germany. I believe electricity is very expensive in Germany since they foolishly have decided to shut down their zero emission nuclear. This silly knee jerk reaction to Fukushima has resulted in higher electricity prices AND higher CO2 emissions.

They are continiously switching from all nuclear generation to all renewable and they are moving very ok with that. Though it was too hasty decision to decline all nuclear generation, I agree with that, and current efforts could switch from fossil fuels generation to renewables, not from nuclear.
Anyway, they have twice expensive gasoline comparing to US, so twice expensive electricity did the same ratio like US have.

I read that they are having to totally redesign their grid to get away from centralized power and more toward individual power generation. This might actually be good as the Germans are very good engineers. Unfortunately it is getting expensive because the approach now seems to be toward CHP units on a per house residential scale.

Can you see having a gas or diesel engine in every house??? It does help to integrate the renewables though. and since the waste heat is utilized then that is good also.

They have lower residential PV cost than in US despite higher taxes. All wind generation is “centralized”, and they have large scale PV sites too.
Check this numbers:
Wind energy produced 8.2% of the gross electricity generation.
Solar energy produced 5.0% of the gross electricity generation.
They had more than 20% of nuclear generation so they are moving very ok. Now they have about 16% of it and are very ok with schedule.

Electricity is about 0,33$ / kwh in Germany while a gallon of gas is close to 8$ (diesel 7,50). Regarding nuclear power… we talk again when one of the US reactors is about to explode. And nuclear power ist not zero emission – maybe close to zero CO2, but it emits radioactive waste, which is dangerous for thousands of years. Electricity prices don’t have much to do with the slow reduction of nuclear power, it’s more like improving the grid (mostly because it gets old) and a bit of support for renewables; which will be expansive to built but crazy cheap to use in the comming decades. The renewables are growing faster than nuclear plants are taken of the grid.

The higher number was caused by Nissan promotion where limited number of users can try a Leaf for 3 month for 199€ per month.