Plug-In Car Registrations In Germany Up 26% in November

DEC 18 2014 BY MARK KANE 16

Electric car sales in Germany did not grow over the previous month, but relatively speaking are still nicely improving by 26% over a year ago to 1,144 new registrations.

YTD sales in Germany have reached 11,487.

Plug-in hybrids grew by 238% to 514 over last year (thanks mostly to Audi’s latest PHEV the e-tron), while all-electric cars this time decreased almost 17% to 630.

Total market share of 0.5% in November, which  is typical of the last several months.

Plug-in registrations in Germany – November 2014

Plug-in registrations in Germany – November 2014

When we come to the model rank (which never is fully clear in the official registration reports), it seems that the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron lead with 157 registrations.

Second was Renault ZOE with 146 registrations (1,065 YTD).

Electric smart at 133 was third, whlie BMW i3 fell to fourth with 126 (57 all-electric and 69 REx). BMW i3 is however the leader in YTD ranking with 2,130 – far more than 1,419 smart ed.

We could also suggest that the BMW i8 is one of the best selling EV adjusted to its class, as 62 were registred in November and 361 this year.

Tesla Model S for comparision had 57 registrations and 650 this year.

Nissan LEAF with 38 registrations had one of the worst month this year, but 784 YTD isn’t bad.

Plug-in registrations in Germany – November 2014

Plug-in registrations in Germany – November 2014

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Well, it’s a start. Glad BMW and MB are helping make electric a “legitimate” drivetrain option.

Now, if they’ll just buy non-German electric vehicles…

A you mentioned. Here we count BEV seperately. Only a BEV is an EV.

A car with 20 Miles electric range and a 20 Gallon tank including an exhaust pipe is NOT an EV according to KBA.

Who is leader in BEV in Germany ?
Simply count..


EV leader in Germany? That’s easy. First it’s the i3, then it’s the Smart ED and then it’s the e-UP.

Making up the podium nicely.


SMART ED: 1420
BMW i3: 1191
Renault ZOE: 1065


Another interesting question is:

Who always plugs in a plug-In Car ?
I say just 10% of all PlugIn Car drivers here charge their car electrically every day.

Maybe 20%

All upcoming e-Tron, Golf GTE, Passat PlugIn etc. will achieve good selling numbers, but the great majority will extrem seldom charge.

No Plug at work, no Plug at home, so why charge so complicated when you can use these cars by filling up easy.

So where is the great momentum to mention them as Electric cars ?

I dont get it.


I don’t charge my BEV i3 every day, because I don’t use that much electricity every day.

And your guess is not based on any fact, just trying to discredit PHEVs. Nice job.

I don’t think anyone would spend that much extra just to never use it. Sure, there may be days where they only drive a little electric, but even that is better than nothing at all.

Any car with a plug is better than a car without a plug!


Try to answer my question seriously.



A Car with a Plug is NOT better than a car without a plug. It is only better when the Plug is been used.

Thats it.


I have no way of knowing what number of plugin users actually plugs in their car.

But looking at for example the Chevy Volt user data it looks like a majority of miles are driven on electricity.

The Volt is different to these PlugIns with 20-30 Miles maximum range currently been pushed into the market just to meet CO2 targets on paper.

I would be with you, when a PlugIn should have 50 miles as minimum range.

And just making up numbers randomly is helpful how?

I say 99% of owners will charge at least twice per day. So obviously all PHEV’s and alla PHEV owners are great.
Very meaningless without any real statistics…

But in many european countries it’s much cheaper to drive on electricity than on petrol so anyone paying for the petrol themselves would of course choose to run it on electricity as much as possible.

Many people have a conscience so if you get a car that can be green many people would make sure that it is green.

Being green is positive for many companies. So how would you think it would look if people reported to newspapers if companies are not pluging in their EV’s or making sure that employees can and will charge them.

And then there will of course be some PHEV’s that are driven wiithout being pluged in often. Some company cars that are “forced” upon people. But even those cars will soon be available after the company lease and can serve their true purpose.

PHEV’s and EREV’s will make have a far greater impact than BEV’s for the forseeable future.


tell me the right numbers and i am happy.

In Europe a PlugIn costs thousands og Euro more than a conventional car. Energy is much much more expensive in germany than other countries. So for what reason you should buy a PlugIn ???

Gas is down, electricity stays expensive.

No reason at all for “normal” people.

A VW GOlf GTE with 30 Miles Range is about 37.000€. A comparable Golf with 150PS Highline is around 10.000€ less.

For 10.000€ you can drive 100.000km or even more

It is true a car with two engines is going to cost more, and that also a pure ev is more expensive than a equivalent model gas vehicle.
Over the life of the vehicle approx 10 years the ev gets cheaper while the ice, phev, get more expensive due to maintenance costs.
The price of gas/petrol has plummeted in the U.S. too, but it would have to fall to around 80 cents a gallon to compete with electricity as a fuel. Currently around 2.50 a gallon on average in the U.S. while a kwh is around 10 cents. So a better deal in the U.S. clearly, than in Europe.

I should add that ev’s get other advantages, such as congestion pricing, and pollution controls, fees they do not pay, tax advantages, fast lane access. If you could monetize all the various pluses ev’s have they would easily top ice in overall value, just on a pecuniary basis. Finally there are many other reasons to buy an ev aside from just saving money.

In Holland the incentives for companies to buy a BEV or a PHEV were huge in 2013. Most companies bought PHEVs and not BEVs and those PHEVs were cheaper because of those incentives then the ICE counterparts. Mitsubishi Outlander and Volvo sold especially well. Those cars come into the hands of employees and a bad surprise was that they rarely happened to drive electrically. They were just happy to have an Outlander as a company car, the kind of SUV their company otherwise would not have offered.

Now there is a lot of talk about how to inspire these people to drive more miles electrically. One way is that the company pays for the electricity used, but not for the petrol used on company trips.