The German plug-in electric car market is expanding like never before, and to a new all-time high last month.

And it wasn't even close.

Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

In March, a record 4,479 plug-ins were registered, which was 87% more than year ago.

Even more significantly, the monthly result was 41% higher than previous record set back in December of 2015.  Plug-in market share stands at 1.25%!

The good news is that BEVs nearly doubled sales in March, and both all-electric and plug-in hybrid categories set new sales records:

  • BEVs: 2,191 sales – up 98%
  • PHEVs: 2,288 sales – up 77%
The greatest share of the sales fell to the Renault ZOE, which was boosted by its longer-range Z.E. 40 offering, and achieved a personal best 587 sales! This is what a range increase really means - a lot more sales.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – March 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – March 2017

Also Tesla has a couple reasons to be happy with Germany's sales record, as both the Model S and Model X were a big part of the gains - the number of registrations amounted to 457 and 213 respectively (for a total of 670 deliveries).

Interestingly, domestic favorite, the BMW i3 wasn't able to catch either the Renault ZOE or the Tesla Model S, but still put up a decent result with 398 registrations (263 non-REx, and 135 REx)

On the plug-in hybrid side, the Audi A3 e-tron took the crown with 446 deliveries, followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at 358 .

Also of interest: 40 Opel Ampera-e (all demo cars) and 70 plug-in hybrid MINIs were registered too.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – March 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – March 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – March 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – March 2017