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Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands (source: EV Sales Blog) – December 2015

Netherlands set an amazing record of new plug-in car sales in December 2015 at 15,908 according to EV Sales Blog (official and partially estimated data). Sales increased over 9 times year-over-year.

The U.S. record stands at ≈13,699 (set in December of 2015) . But the Netherlands is a relatively tiny country.

Compared to 69,156 new car registrations (record) that's a 23% share for plug-in cars in December. For the year, over 43,000 plug-ins out of 449,347 registrations stands at 9.6% average.

EV Sales Blog notes that December 2015 is slightly higher than in the whole of 2014!

The cause?

The surge of sales in late 2015 isn't a natural phenomenon, but related to some tax rebate cuts beginning January 1, 2016,

All-electric cars remain at 4% tax (so no rush in sales here), but plug-in hybrids move from 7% to 15% (non-plug-in stand at 21-25%) - note the surge (pictured left) in extended range sales in December.

It's also amplified by new models and new versions of existing models (like Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV).

Anyways, we are fairy confident that the year 2016 will begin badly in comparison to 2015's end for plug-in car sales in the Netherlands.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains #1

An extraordinary 3,700 deliveries of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV makes it #1 again, at 8,759 for the 2015 year, just ahead of Volkswagen Golf GTE.

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine again did great with 1,494 in December - that's over 16% of all Volvo XC90 sales globally, so including other countries, T8 Twin Engine takes a decent share for this model. We will see how it proceeds in a more steady environment.

Volvo can be happy also because the V60 PHV was third overall at 4,400, slightly ahead of the Audi A3 e-tron.

As you can see, most sales comes from plug-in hybrids. All-electric models remain just small fraction of the market with Tesla Model S the highest at #8.

Here is a cumulative sales graph, which begins in January 2013 (including previous years, Netherlands for sure has more than 80,000 plug-ins on its roads).

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands (data source: EV Sales Blog) – December 2015

Plug-in electric car sales in the Netherlands (data source: EV Sales Blog) – December 2015

Source: EV Sales Blog