Germany is on track to become the largest plug-in electric car market in Europe this year, as growth in 2017 was tremendous.

smart electric drive fortwo

smart electric drive fortwo

December closed with nearly a record number of new passenger registrations 6,288 and record 2.5% market share!

  • BEVs: 3,412up 156% at >1.3% market share
  • PHEVs: 2,876 up 94% at >1.1% market share
The all-electric result is a new high - all because of the smart electric drive fortwo tsunami. 1,152 fortwo ED were registered (plus 160 forfour ED) the last month of 2017 alone!

BMW i3 had a strong finish to 2017 with 562 (373 BEV and 189 REx) sold in December, followed by the Volkswagen e-Golf (422).

This graph shows how strong the growth was in 2017:

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2017

For all of 2017, new passenger plug-in car registrations hit nearly 54,500 at a market share of 1.6% in Germany.

  • BEVs: 25,056up 120% at >0.7% market share
  • PHEVs: 29,436 up 114% at <0.9% market share
The best selling model for the year was the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid (4,454), followed by the Renault ZOE (4,322) and BMW i3 (4,319).

Tesla Model S and Model X were at #8 (2,241) and #14 (1,090) respectively.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – 2017

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – 2017

The best insight in model rank you can get from EV Sales Blog report:

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2017 (source: <a href=EV Sales Blog)" draggable="false">

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2017 (source: EV Sales Blog)