After a couple hiccups in France and Norway for electric vehicle sales in April, we got some news from Germany, where 3,587 new plug-in cars were registered - up more than 120% from a year ago.  Now that's a big gain!

BMW i3 Carbon Edition

BMW i3 Carbon Edition

Market share reached 1.2% for the 3rd month in a row, hitting 1.23% in April.

Growth is noted with a strong showing from both all-electrics (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs):

  • BEVs: 1,413up 134%
  • PHEVs: 2,174up 126%
One of the best selling models last month was the BMW i3, which garnered 357 new registrations (222 BEVs and 135 REx).

As we can see from the i3 sales history in Germany, introduction of the longer-range (33 kWh battery) version has resulted in significant advantage for non-REx (petrol range extender equipped) sales.

The Renault ZOE landed 280 sales, while Tesla delivered 124 Model S and 73 Model X. Kia/Hyundai combined to deliver 296 BEVs (223 Kia Soul EVs, and a promising 73).

BMW i3 registrations in Germany – April 2017

BMW i3 registrations in Germany – April 2017

In longer term sales increases steady:

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – April 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – April 2017