Germany Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 85% In February; Plug-in Hybrids Take Lead

MAR 29 2015 BY MARK KANE 4

BMW i3

BMW i3

February brings healthy 85% year-over-year growth of plug-in electric car registrations in Germany to 1,122 units and some 0.5% market share.

The German plug-in market seems to follow the UK, as the majority of sales are now plug-in hybrids – 436 BEVs and 686 PHEVs.

Volkswagen sold the most all-electric cars, as 115 registrations of e-up! and e-Golf were noted. BMW was second with 98 BMW i3s and smart third with 95 fortwo electric drives. i3, and smart ed were the best selling BEVs.

Tesla Model S had just 26 registrations, which was still above the 22 Nissan LEAFs and 21 Renault ZOEs.

One big mystery is eight all-electric Mazdas!

The plug-in hybrid part of sales is more difficult to discern. The clear leader was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at 168. Audi delivered 137 PHEVs, Volkswagen 105, BMW i3 REx 83, 37 i8s and a few other registrations probably of upcoming models got 133 in total.

Plug-in registrations in Germany – February 2015

Plug-in registrations in Germany – February 2015

Plug-in registrations in Germany – February 2015

Plug-in registrations in Germany – February 2015

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Electric Mazda?

Good find. Maybe it’s the Mazda Demio EV.

http://www2.mazda.com/en/technology/env/ev/

Mazda makes good and affordable cars, I hope that they start selling electric cars soon.

It’s odd – I can’t find any mention on the German-language web of any EV Mazdas being sold mow or in the near future;
only references are from 2012, with road tests of Mazda 2 EV prototypes.

It’s actually worse; a senior program manager at Mazda is decidedly Toyota-esque about EVs:
https://www.eta.co.uk/2015/03/27/mazda-can-get-30-petrol-engines/

“mow” should be “now”, of course.
(InsideEVs staff: We Needs an Edit Button Soonest, KTHXBye)

Back to the article, it’s encouraging that the largest market in Europe has finally reached 0.5% EV penetration.
Not surprisingly, most of the Cars are German…
I’m surprised there haven’t been clearer statements that at least the Volt, and likely the Bolt, will also be available as Opel models.
In Germany in particular and Europe in general Opel has fairly positive mindshare, much better than GM’s in general or Chevy’s.