Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

Germany set new plug-in car sales records in October, registering 2,717 units. That's 119% more than one year ago.

Moreover, the growth comes from both BEVs, which have 1,686 registrations (100% up) and doubled its market share from 0.3 to 0.6%, as well as from PHEVs.

1,031 plug-in hybrids registered is even faster growth of 156% year-over-year and another 0.3% market share.

What's happening that has Germany reachin 0.9% total market share for new plug-ins?

The answer is: Kia Soul EV. The Germans just love the Soul's rounded shape... maybe.

980 Kia Soul EV registrations in Germany in October alone is nearly 60% of all BEVs.

It seems at least Germany is the European hub for Kia Soul EV deliveries - we suspect most of these sales originate from other regions (ie- Norway), but are registered from the OEM out of Germany due to allocation issues, and the desire for emissions help inside the EU.

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – October 2015

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – October 2015

The Renault ZOE also spiked nicely with 243 registrations. Tesla Model S improved to 121, while BMW saw more than 112 all-electric i3s out of a total of 201 i3s (BEV & REx).

Volkswagen moved a total of 380 plug-in hybrids (and about 84 BEVs). 167 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs was slightly ahead of 134 Audi A3 e-trons and a total of 124 plug-in hybrids from Mercedes.

That's all the major models and brands above the mark of 100 registrations.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – October 2015

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – October 2015