German Plug-In Electric Car Market Up 62% In April, Kia Soul EV Surges To 751
Plug-in electric car sales in Germany keep growing – in April some 5,803 passenger cars were registered (up 62% year-over-year).
Market share decreased a little bit compared to previous months and only amounted to around 1.85%.
- BEVs: 3,172 – up 124% at 1.01% market share
- PHEVs: 2,632 – up 21% at 0.84% market share
The biggest surprise is that not the new Nissan LEAF, but rather the Kia Soul EV was the star of the month. Some 751 Soul EV were registered, but we suspect that those are in most cases phantom sales (new cars will be exported from Germany to Norway as used, simply to improve average fuel economy within the EU…on paper).
On the other hand, the new LEAF noted just 279 new registrations, after 346 in March. That is less than the 491 BMW i3s (including 96 REx), 456 Volkswagen e-Golf and 422 Renault ZOE.
The new model in Germany is the Jaguar I-PACE – in April the first 31 units were registered.
Tesla delivered 71 Model S and 35 Model X. Sadly, Tesla sales in Germany decreased during the first four months of 2018 – from 1,220 in 2017 to 771 this year.