Germany Begins 2018 By Doubling Plug-In Electric Car Sales

MAR 13 2018 BY MARK KANE 8

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – January 2018

Germany continues its run of plug-in electric car sales growth fueled by strong demand for smart cars.

smart electric drive fortwo

In total. some 5,634 new passenger car were registered in January 2018, which is some 97% more than one year ago. That’s enough to cross 2% market share – 2.09% to be precise.

  • BEVs: 2,764up 109% at >1% market share
  • PHEVs: 2,870 up 87% at >1% market share

The most popular plug-in model in Germany last month was once again the smart fortwo electric drive with 729 new registrations (the bigger forfour ED had 173).

Volkswagen e-Golf and Kia Soul EV went head-to-head at 450 to 450, while BMW i3 and Renault ZOE noted respectively 359 (210 BEV and 149 REx) and 299. Tesla was resting in January, with 45 Model S and 17 Model X – that’s less than 67 Opel Ampera-e.

Read Also: Plug-In Electric Car Sales Results In Germany In 2017

On the plug-in hybrid side, BMW leads with total of 640 plug-ins (including i3 REx), followed by 590 from Mercedes-Benz and 530 from Volkswagen.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – January 2018

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – January 2018

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February 2018 sales numbers in Germany have not been published yet?

They have been released. I’ll give you a quick overview.
2546 new electric vehicles (+64,7%)
2559 new PHEVs (+77,3%)
Both together are accounting for 2% market share and 1% for each group.
The general car market was growing by 7,4% and new Diesel registrations went down by another 19,5%.

Hm… Looks like they could be able to hit 4% in a month before the year is over.

Then in 2019 we might start longing for double digit results.

The Smart Electric Drive is doing great in Germany.

Apparently people don’t really need an EV that has a lot of range. People who do not leave their hometown that often can afford to have an EV with a rather small battery pack.

Ok, this is odd, 18 Audi full electrics have been sold, but none are on the market yet. This can only be e-Tron press cars.

This is incorrectly reported as sales figures. These are registration figures of cars that haven’t been registered previously i.e. first registration. They may be sold but they may just as well have gotten registered to the car companies or a dealership or a regulating authority.

Like eject said, those are just registered vehicles. But if you want to do on road testing, the car also needs to be registered.

Over the last year Porsche and Audi registered a bit more than 100 pure EVs each.

Interestingly it should be three times more likely to see a Mission E on a German street, than a 2017 Ford Focus electric.

What’s really interesting is that CO2 emission continues to creep up across almost all OEMs. There you can really see how things are currently going wrong. That’s foremost the SUV effect and the migration away from Diesel. People become more environmental conscious, but at the same time love to drive a half a tank through town.

Electro and hybrid will take a while to correct this error of history and hopefully pushes it in the negatives in the future. Still a long road to go, but I am confident from the 2020s onwards.