German Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 84% In January; Volkswagen Takes 1/3 Of The Market

FEB 19 2015 BY MARK KANE 25

Plug-in registrations in Germany – January 2015 (source: EV Sales Blog)

Plug-in registrations in Germany – January 2015 (source: EV Sales Blog)

Plug-in electric car sales in Germany began the year 2015 with solid growth. Official data is indicating 1,252 registrations (up 84% year-over-year) and for the second time in a row 0.6% market share (highest ever).

Sales are divided between all-electric cars and plug-in hybrids almost 50/50.

The Volkswagen Golf GTE in January had the highest number of registrations (253), and together with e-Golf (132) and e-up! plus several Passat GTE PHEVs, Volkswagen got one-third of all plug-in electric car registrations!

BMW i3 was second in model rank with 138 registrations (68 all-electric).

The big surprise is Kia Soul EV in fourth with 129!

Renault wasn’t able to move over 400 ZOEs like in December 2014, though 98 isn’t bad.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, with 73 registrations, lands in #6.

The electric smart, the best selling all-electric car in Germany in 2014, had just 64 registrations in January.

Tesla Model S is in the middle of the pack with 57 registrations.

Audi A3 e-Tron (52) and BMW i8 (46) close out the Top 10.

Plug-in registrations in Germany – January 2015

Plug-in registrations in Germany – January 2015

Plug-in registrations in Germany – January 2015

Plug-in registrations in Germany – January 2015

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25 Comments on "German Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 84% In January; Volkswagen Takes 1/3 Of The Market"

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BEV Rating:

1. VW e-Golf – 132
2. Kia Soul – 129
3. Renault ZOE – 98
4. BMW i3 BEV – 68
5. SMART ED – 64
6. Tesla Model S – 57
7. Mercedes B-Class – 42
8. Nissan Leaf – 27

The i3 Rex is far more BEV than PHEV. Excluding it from this tally makes no sense.

Not so sure about that. While I agree with you that the i3 Rex will seldom use the Rex for most people, when comparing BEV vs. PHEV sales it is an important distinction to see the number of people who are willing to give up gasoline completely, vs. those who still want to hold on to the security blanket.

This is not an option, its law. The BMW i3 REX is by german law NOT an EV. Full Stop.

68 i3 BEv
70 i3 REx

One does get the sense that the Germans prefer their own cars foremost– and then anything that isn’t American. 😛

Nicht gut.

Tesla is made in America (but not Detroit), and outsold Nissan (Japanese).

Looks like Ford put up respectable numbers too.

Am I missing something? It looks like Ford’s number is 1. Are the Energi cars even sold in Germany?

Nope, they are not sold over here. The Ford Focus was the only one, but the new version isn’t offered as an electric…

Get the GM Bolt to Europe, and it will be bought. But I guess it will be a batched Opel in 2018 earliest. Probably much later than Leaf and Zoe Mk II.

Opel Bozen sehr gut.

Opel Bolzen sehr gut 😉

Opel Blitz sehr gut 😉

They already made that one….

Darn, no img tags?

Germany has narrow city streets, autobahnen, no ev incentives except expensive gas.

Difficult terrain for eg American style cars.

Very unusual results. How did the number one selling electric vehicle in the world end up as number eight on their list. And I didn’t even know that the Kia Soul was sold outside of California.

Here a the reasons:
1. Leaf is ugly
2. Leaf is not German, hence it is never offered as a company car (60% of cars are sold to companies in Ger, that’s why Tesla won’t succeed there either)
3. Leaf is not even a cheap French car
4. No subsidies or basically free leases like 199/month

typical american opinion….CHEAP FRENCH CAR..POOR BASTARD.WHEN DID YOU DRIVE AT LEAST A FRENCH CAR

Also, the Leaf is quite expensive in Germany. MSRP of the Tekna version is pretty much the same as the i3 or e-Golf. In many other countries there seems to be a bigger difference in price (the Leaf being cheaper).

Available here in Canada even 😉

I’m not surprised that the GTE is outselling the e-golf. I’d absolutely rather have the GTE until the e-golf gets about 50% more range.

Shame, my country (Poland) do not provide detailed registration data 😐

Germany is good example that EVs need charging stations.

Also maybe someone can use that data to verify recent study about state incentives for sale vs state incentives for charging stations roll out.

przemo_li, do you have a reference for that ‘… recent study about state incentives for sale vs state incentives for charging stations roll out’?

“German Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 84% In January 2015”

BMW i3 January 2014=229 (BEV+REX)

BMW i3 January 2015=138 (BEV+REX)

BMW i3 sales DOWN 40%

Conclusion:
I have mine,,what is yours?