Germany Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up In March But Only 11%
Germany continued its growth in the plug-in electric car segment, which last month resulted in 11% more registrations when compared to March 2015 – perhaps indicating a slight lull in anticipation of a pending national EV incentive program.
In total, 2,394 plug-ins were registered (1,104 pure electric and 1,290 plug-in hybrids).
The drawback of the most recent EV sales report from Germany is lagging BEV sales (-14%), so all the growth for March comes via plug-in hybrids, which were up 46%. For March, plug-in market share reached 0.74%.
With Wednesday’s announcement of a new German EV incentive program that gives a 4000€ ($4,500 USD) rebate on an all-electric vehicle purchase, and a 3000€ rebate of PHEVs, sales are soon to soar much higher. A slight hiccup may come in the form of the fact that the program doesn’t kick off until mid-May, meaning a ~3 week abyss of plug-in sales has now likely opened.
Three all-electric cars took over the BEV market in March – the Nissan LEAF lead at 293 units, the Tesla Model S set a new sales record of 267 sedans, which was just ahead of the 266 ZOEs moved by Renault.
BMW i3 stands at 211 (including 154 REx).