Germany Sets All Kinds Of Records For EV Sales In June

JUL 14 2017 BY MARK KANE 16

Germany – often criticized in the past for its slow pace of plug-in vehicle adoption (and unrealistically high/missed goals) – is now accelerating fast, and broke all kinds of sales records in June!

Renault ZOE

The number of new registrations again hit a new all-time high – ending the month at 4,699, which is 177% more than year ago.

And as for the plug-in market share – it now stands at 1.43%, which is one of the highest worldwide…although still dwarfed by Norway who makes every one else look bad by notching a massive 42% share last month.

Both, all-electric and plug-in hybrids sets their own respective registration records:

  • BEVs: 2,196up 164%
  • PHEVs: 2,503up 189%

For the year, 22,453 new registrations have been made, good for an average market share of 1.26%. For some prospective on those numbers, in the entire 2016 sales stood at just over 25,000 plug-ins, and a 0.75% market share.

If you are now asking who caused such a big rush, well… the Renault ZOE should be mentioned first, logging 680 new registrations – a new record (2,429 YTD).

It’s also important to note that smart finally began volume deliveries of the new fortwo ED (231) and forfour ED (136).

smart electric drive cabrio, fortwo and forfour

Among BEVs, a strong result was delivered from the BMW i3 (219 + 96 REx counted in PHEV category),  as well as the Tesla Model S (217) and the Model X (136), as well as 177 VW e-Golfs.

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron lead the plug-in hybrids with 535 new registrations!

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – June 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – June 2017

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16 Comments on "Germany Sets All Kinds Of Records For EV Sales In June"

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Looks like 2017 is going to be a big year for evs. Large increases are nothing to sneeze at, and newer better models of evs are going to help adoption rates continue to rise.

Brave Lil' Toaster

We think.

We’re still not sure whether it’s because the previous generation of cars weren’t up to snuff, or whether the price tag was too high, but we can definitely rule out that a lack of charging infrastructure was to blame. There are several countries in the world where you can totally get anywhere you like in a 2011 Nissan Leaf with 25% battery degradation.

But whether or not 200 miles of range plus a 15 minute recharge plus a $35,000 price tag is what was holding people back, is really still to be seen.

It’s not like the Bolt has been selling 20,000 units a month or anything.


Nice for Germany, but already in 2016 there were 10 countries with higher plug-in share for the entire year, than what Germany has reached in June. France for example did 1.7% in 2016, and the UK 1.45%.

So Germany’s current performance “is one of the highest worldwide”, only if you count all the countries where plug-ins are rare-to-nonexistent, most of them countries far poorer than Germany.

For Western Europe, Germany’s EV market is only catching up now after lagging badly behind for years. Which is good, and hopefully they really take off from here, but let’s keep it in perspective.


In the Netherlands we broke a BEV record as well, with a market share of almost 2% in June!


That is very good, given the initial fall in ev market share there after the reduction of incentives.

Micke Larsson

Nice… That finally brings Germany up above average in the EU and Europe.

That is 13th best in Europe (I can have missed some country)!


What, no alpha romeos with a plug?

Also, from toyota, I wonder how many were hybrid.

Chris S

Toyota sold 3644 Hybrids, 35 of them had a plug.


Off topic I realize but I looked at a Kia Niro yesterday. I realize that makes me some kind of evil on this forum because it isn’t a pure BEV but Hyundai/Kia are knocking it out of the park. A PHEV version is coming later this year and Kia/Hyundai are tearing it up with introducing several BEV and PHEV in the next 18 months. I’m going to wait for the PHEV version of the Niro as it fits my needs perfectly.

Chris S

Lots of other interesting stuff happening here:
– 18 BEV Porsches (Mission E?)
– more Audi and VW BEV prototypes
– 1 PHEV Smart ForFour
– 1 Ferrari PHEV


Nice recognition for the Renault Zoe qualities.


Ausgezeichnet !


They really don’t like Hyundai, all European brands preferred outside of Tesla. Well done.

Someone out there

The market is pushing forward.

The 100 mile cars for ~$35k have a potential to capture around 1% of the market. The people who bought these were enthusiasts and well off pensioners that wants to do good for the environment but doesn’t drive very far.

We are now looking at 200 mile cars for ~$35k, my guess is that they have a market potential of about 5%. This is the point where more than enthusiasts will consider an EV as an alternative to an ICE but most people will be scared off by the limitations of current EVs.

By 2020 there will be many more models where you get ~250 miles for $32k. They will be fairly competitive to ICE cars and the economics of EVs will start to be visible.

By 2023 ~280 mile cars will come in under $30k. This point will probably attract ~50% of the market.

By 2026 we will have 200 mile cars for less than $18k and 300+ miles for $28k. At this point it will make little sense to choose an ICE over an EV.

By 2030 no one will manufacture ICE vehicles for personal transport.


I hope your projection is right!


FYI you’re using the wrong word: “For some prospective on those numbers,”
I’ve seen this several times on this site. I’m pretty certain you mean ‘perspective’ — it’s a bit jarring when reading.