German Electric Vehicle Market Doubles In April!

MAY 15 2017 BY MARK KANE 12

After a couple hiccups in France and Norway for electric vehicle sales in April, we got some news from Germany, where 3,587 new plug-in cars were registered – up more than 120% from a year ago.  Now that’s a big gain!

BMW i3 Carbon Edition

Market share reached 1.2% for the 3rd month in a row, hitting 1.23% in April.

Growth is noted with a strong showing from both all-electrics (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs):

  • BEVs: 1,413up 134%
  • PHEVs: 2,174up 126%

One of the best selling models last month was the BMW i3, which garnered 357 new registrations (222 BEVs and 135 REx).

As we can see from the i3 sales history in Germany, introduction of the longer-range (33 kWh battery) version has resulted in significant advantage for non-REx (petrol range extender equipped) sales.

The Renault ZOE landed 280 sales, while Tesla delivered 124 Model S and 73 Model X. Kia/Hyundai combined to deliver 296 BEVs (223 Kia Soul EVs, and a promising 73).

BMW i3 registrations in Germany – April 2017

In longer term sales increases steady:

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – April 2017

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Is the German auto market bigger than California?

Germany is larger in total sales, but not plug-in sales:

2016 overall light passenger vehicle sales:
3.35 mil Germany
2.1 California

As far as plug-in sales go, in 2016, California averaged just over ~7k per month, while Germany was just over 2k/month

~2 million vs ~3 million in Germany last year.

Nice picture of the BMW i3 Carbon Edition. So, this has the Range Extender as standard equipment?

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!

Wasn’t the Carbon Edition only supposed to be for the Dutch market?

Good for Germany. IF they keep this up they might surpass France in Plug-in sales this year. Norway is probably too far to reach, even by number of vehicles sold.

Seems like all that talk of Electromobility being the future is finally bearing some fruit.

Germany has the largest car market it Europe (3.3 million, followed by the UK with 2.7 million and France with 2 million), so there is tremendous potential here.

Still pathetic numbers..

At least it moves a little bit here in Germany. Can’t wait for the next generation EV’s like Model 3, Leaf 2 and so on. Chevy Bolt is obviously out of the race.

I heard news that the bolt/ampera-e will only be delivered with 400 units to germany in the first year. Only sold to special customers, available starting 2018. do you know if thats true?

The sources were very reliable. A major German newspaper, with several Opel agents quoted.

The major market inflections will be maybe Model 3 (although unlikely available in Europe in large numbers and less of a hype) and definitely the next generation German premium brands (Audi, Merc, Porsche, VW, etc) in 2018/19. Germans buy German cars, because they believe in their engineering. Whether that’s right or wrong is another question.
A Leafe or others will hardly move the needle. French cars are usually looked down upon.

I was expecting more for the Zoé. And I have the confirmation that There is a problem with the gear box, and there is about 2,000 Zoé 40 that are were blocked until they will be verified. It will take the whole monts of May and June to be done.
It’s take 6 to 8 hours to do the job.
The 2,000 is maybe only for France, and there is more for the rest of Europe.

I’m very glad to see the sales are taking off in Germany for BEV.