EV Sales In Germany – BMW i3 Leads The Way in Q1 Of 2014

APR 10 2014 BY MARK KANE 20

BMW i3

BMW i3

Germany’s electric car market is growing ever-so slightly, reaching its second best month ever in March 2014. 823 new electric passenger cars were registered last month. Enough for almost 0.3% market share.

According to official data, the BMW i3 is the new leader after the first three months of 2014 with a total of 638 new registrations (including REXs). This is already slightly higher than the 559 i3 registrations in 2013 when the slow production ramp-up began.ย  However, sales of the BMW i3 seems to be stable – 229, 179 and 230 in the past three months.

In the Q1 sales table we see 226 Nissan LEAFs and 205 Renault ZOEs, but both of them are behind the Tesla Model S – 239, from which 143 were registered in March. This is a new high and hopefully indicates that Tesla Germany is starting to take off.

For all the rest of the electric cars left, only 537 registrations were recorded in Q1 out of 1,845 electric vehicle registrations in the whole quarter, so no other model was able to reach the BMWi3, but we don’t yet know the exact sales figures for the remaining models.

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The BMW i3 ist in Germany not counted as an EV. Its in the seperate class -> Plug In Hybrid. The actual EV Numbers are lower. calculate 70% of these numbers beeing pure EVs.

I’m not sure what you are trying to say . . . are you saying that there are actually MORE plug-in sales than what is show because these numbers don’t include the REX version? Or are you saying these numbers are misleadingly high because they include the REX? (An interpretation I don’t agree with since the REX is the stock i3 plus REX.)

He is saying they are misleadingly high because of the inclusive of the BMW i3 REx. (not that we agree per se)

The cumulative sales of the i3 (both BEV and REx) for March in Germany was 230 units, and 638 for the quarter.

Ah. Thanks for the explanation. Although it is not a ‘pure EV’, I can’t see how the i3 with REC becomes less of an EV when something is added to it. I can understand people that criticize the Plug-In Prius and Energi cars (and maybe the Volt) as their electric ranges are too short to drive many miles.

I Mean the BMW i3 with REX is not counted …

With German sales of the Model S now known, my accounting shows European registrations in Q1 2014 at ~2800. Not bad at all.

And German sales are indeed a hint that the market is starting to warm up. Which is good, since the heavy dependence on a single market (Norway was 75% of Q1 sales) is a risk.

Yes, Arne, it’s about time for the European market to turn the corner. With all the great vehicles available there, and gasoline prices not coming down anytime soon, I think it’s just a matter of time before consumers start warming to the idea of battery-electric vehicles. I’m very curious to see if the i3 REx will ease the concerns about range anxiety.

Electricity in Europe is not cheap either. In Germany, price per kWh is equivalent to about .28-.30 USD.

Be careful when mixing data from “sales figures” with “registration figures”, a delay of up to 30 days can occur between the two events.

Not seeing โ€ฆ”In the Q1 sales table we see 226 Nissan LEAFs and 205 Renault ZOEs” โ€ฆ was the ‘sales table’ meant to be included with the article, or just an external reference?


the march detailled numbers are not there yet. They can be found in FZ8.

Example February. 408 BMW i3 sold until then.
275 have been EVs and 133 Plug In Hybrids.

A Car with a fuel tank is NOT an EV. Even for Government ๐Ÿ™‚

A car with an electric motor which is the only thing that drives the wheels is an ev.

It does not matter if the electricity for it come for solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, coal or natural gas, whether the power plant that generates that power is in the vehicle or outside it.

A hybrid is a car which has two seperate powertrains driving the wheels, one of which may or may not be an electric motor or a gasoline engine.
Even a car with a compressed air engine and a pedal driven chain drive would be a hybrid.

Hi David,

this may be a correct definition for the US. But other countries, other definitions ๐Ÿ™‚

Some countries define an EV as a car with electric engine and without the need to carry and use fossile fuel onboard to let it run. Idea behind that is “reduction of local emissions in cities”

So do we here. Its German law ๐Ÿ™‚

Everything with an exhaust pipe and fuel tank is NOT EV and handled totally different from taxes to emmission plates, free parking etc.

And we have a nationwide long term project called “Energiewende”, which has the plan to use 45-50% of renewables by 2025 !, and 80-100% by latest 2050. So to make a clear definition in the beginning of a growing market makes sense to Government.

As I said: country specific.


“this may be a correct definition for the US. But other countries, other definitions”

How any country defines it is irrelevant. It is not open to a personal re-definition; it is a technical definition.

So do we here. Its German law ๐Ÿ™‚
I know; I currently live in Germany.

They also paint a with line on the paths and call the left part a cycle path. Because they want to avoid allocating time and money on building cycle lanes, they decreed that if they ‘define’ something as a cycle path, it is.

And just because it is the law, does not mean it is right…

“…makes sense to Government.”
meaning does not make sense.

“As I said: country specific.”
Things do not become something else when the cross a political border, regardless of what it is called.

Well.. the definitions differ but a car with two different fuels is always a hybrid.
You can have a parallell hybrid where both metods are avaliable to power the wheels directly or a series hybrid where one power source is not used to power the wheels but to power the other engine.
And then there are mixes of these kinds also of course like the Volt which is mainly a series hybrid but also can power the wheels directly at times then acting like a parallell hybrid.

In many places you make the destinction of en electric car (EV) being all electric and then you have the plugin hybrids (PHEV).
And sometimes they are mixed together so that all electrified cars are called EVs including hybrids like the Volt and Prius.

That’s why you have to inform what you mean when your write EV’s… is it just the pure electrics or is it including hybrids.

I counted about 8500 plugins sold in march in just 9 European countries.(Sweden-426, Fra-1130, It-162, IR-100, DE-823, Nor-3100, NL-1890, ESP-39, GB-900) So the total amount of plugins sold in Europe is about the same or even bigger from the US market. Quite impressive!

Norway really props up the numbers – though 1,000 in individual countries is a decent figure & comparable to US figures.

If we had the kind of incentives they have in Norway in the US – I think we’d seeing 100k sales per month ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also an _average_ Norwegian university graduate earns $8300 per month. That helps also!

With similar incentives as in Norway, 50 % of Amercans could not drive car at all but they would need to travel with public transport.

FZ8 for March is Out

EV Sales for Q1 in Germany as reported by KBA:

1. BMW i3 – 435
2. Smart ED – 298
3. Tesla Model S – 239
4. Nissan Leaf – 226
5. Renault ZOE – 205

Fact is: BMW i3 and SMART sales beats Model S in numbers not revenue ๐Ÿ™‚


I see 298 Smart ED, but 435 BMW i3 (EV)? Where?

For those playing the home game, here is the overall Neuzulassungen von Personenkraftwagen im Mรคrz 2014 from KBA: