In Germany, EV Sales Reach Second Highest Level Ever in November


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November was the second strongest month ever for EV sales in Germany with 757 battery-electric cars sold and 152 plug-in hybrids.

This brings some mixed feelings because we have some new models like the BMW i3, VW e-up! and Tesla Model S on the market, so we expected to see a new high, but that didn’t happen.

Sadly, we’re finding it increasingly difficult to figure out who’s selling the bulk of these EVs in Germany.

VW e-U! in Tokyo

VW e-U! in Tokyo

Here’s data that we were able to find in our first attempt (hopefully some of our faithful readers can assist us in filling in the blanks):

Model – November / YTD

BMW i3 – 121 / 469

Renault ZOE – 114 / 947

Nissan LEAF – 44 / 805

Opel Ampera – 17 / 318

Chevrolet Volt – 4 / 25

Citroen C-Zero – 4 / 276

Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 1 / 89

Peugeot iOn – 1 / 41

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Total: 285 EVs and 21 PHEVs

We know that three vehicles – smart fortwo electric drive, VW e-up! and Tesla Model S probably grabbed most of remaining 472 sales (but we don’t have precise figures). The other question is who accounted for the missing 131 PHEVs?

After the first 11 months of 2013, Germany has seen 5,606 new electric cars registered and 1,233 plug-in hybrids.

Source: KBE

Category: Nissan, Opel/Vauxhall, Sales, Smart, Tesla, VW

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17 responses to "In Germany, EV Sales Reach Second Highest Level Ever in November"
  1. Jouni Valkonen says:

    Tesla is planning to sell about 200 electric vehicles per week in Germany in 2014 or 2015. So, lots of growth potential although German EV sales are dismal after looking Norwegian EV sales figures.

    1. Suprise Cat says:

      Germany will become a miserable failure for Tesla.

      1. Bonaire says:

        I agree that they will not outsell BMW offerings in Germany and that 200/Wk is impossible

      2. Spec9 says:

        Yeah, I think Germany is going to stick to their favorite sons.

    2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      I will reserve judgment. I think the Superchargers will make a huge difference, but they may also need to get the driver assistance in.

  2. Suprise Cat says:

    First i3 was delivered mid-november to end customer, but still only slightly above 100 units in november, that’s a total failure.

    I would had expected, that BMW can deliver at least 1000 cars per month in it’s home country.

    1. Ferenc says:

      Like with every other car, it takes time by the time every dealership has them on stock. In addition, most customers would probably wait a bit and not jump on the first available car. I myself would wait several weeks and see how it fares, as it is a totally new product. Hopefully it will pick up steam soon!

      1. evnow says:

        Nothing to do with “stocking dealers”. In Europe people pre-order. They don’t buy off the lot.

    2. Remember, many of early production runs are used for building demo vehicles. Besides dealer show vehicles, major press events happened in EU/UK, EVS27 in Spain, and LA Autoshow all major global events in November. Expect numbers in coming months will pick up as production ramp up allowing supply chains align and fall into a normal rhythm.

      Production rampup is no different than stomping on the accelerator, 0…100 kph (60 mph) is not instantaneous! eg: Model S: Tesla produced ~800 in 2012, but now cranking out more than that every couple weeks in 2013.

      1. Suprise Cat says:

        Dealer demo cars are counted in the registrations too. Most of them were already delivered in October.

  3. Dan Frederiksen says:

    I can hear the hissing from the german automakers at the thought of Tesla on the autobahn 🙂
    Suffer, you bastards.

  4. zoe-driver says:


    interesting: Just 2 (two !) BMW i3 have been sold to private persons. All other i3 have been sold to “Business” like BMW itself, Government, other companys.

    Its not a car where “normal” people invest around 42000€ which is 56.700$ incl. Tax

    1. Suprise Cat says:

      Leased cars will also show up as commercial registration.

  5. François Watrin says:

    You asked for help, well, I found it here:

    that Tesla has sold 61 cars in Germany. It also says that Tesla outsold Renault, which is really surprising.

  6. Spec9 says:

    C’mon Germany . . . Electric vehicles can be a huge part of the Energiewende. Get a smart grid going . . . better yet, get a V2G system going and the EVs will help the renewable energy sector.

  7. zoe-driver says:


    of course Tesla did not outsell Renault, if you look at the right und RELEVANT numbers.

    Just 1000+ Teslas in 2013 in EU against more than 8000 ZOEs, other e-cars from renault not included. I doubt that Tesla can sell more than 7000 Model S in December to beat Renault just against ZOE shipments. The above statement is pure marketing.

    1. Alec says:

      Germany is just way too conservative for people to just go for it. It always takes ages…