Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Germany Hit Record High 2,150 In March

APR 18 2015 BY MARK KANE 7

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

March 2015 was the best-ever month for plug-in electric car sales in Germany – by a lot.

2,164 registrations is 121% more than in March 2014 and total market share hit a record high of 0.7% too.

Most of the sales came from battery-electric cars – 1,278, but plug-in hybrids are growing much faster year-over-year, and reached 886.

The best selling model last month was the Nissan LEAF, which had a record high 409 registrations! But total BEVs sold by Nissan stood at 461, which indicates 52 e-NV200 were sold.

The second best model was Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at 243, and finally the Tesla Model S, with 211 registrations managed to take 3rd place.

Plug-in car registrations in Germany – March 2015

Plug-in car registrations in Germany – March 2015

Some other models (UPDATED):

  • BMW i3 – 177 registrations, out of which 99 REx and 78 BEVs
  • Volkswagen e-Golf – 143
  • smart ed – 92
  • Kia Soul EV – 86
  • Renault ZOE -77
  • BMW i8 – 70
  • Volkswagen e-up! – 58
  • Mercedes B-Class ED – 57
  • Mitsubishi -MiEV – 13
  • Toyota Prius Plug-In – 10
  • Opel Ampera – 6

Brands:

  • Volkswagen – 201 BEVs / 182 PHEVs
  • Audi – 160 PHEVs
  • Mercedes-Benz – 57 BEVs / 36 PHEVs
  • Porsche – 51 PHEVs
  • Volvo – 20 PHEVs
Plug-in car registrations in Germany – March 2015

Plug-in car registrations in Germany – March 2015

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7 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Germany Hit Record High 2,150 In March"

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Wow, 3 foreign EVs take the German podium. An unusual month all the way.
And here I was, thinking that the Leaf has little chance vs. the eGolf on German soil.

Btw, from the full table it seems that Nissan’s BEVs took up 6.5% of the company’s German sales last month. Not too shabby for a major automaker with a broad suite of models.

Yes, extremely unusual for Germany… I’d have expected the e-Golf (whose ICE version is the #1 model in Germany by a factor of 3x) and e-Up to clean up over the Leaf by far… I wonder whether BEV model supplies weren’t temporarily constrained for some reason (exporting more to other countries where the Golf isn’t as established, for market penetration)…

I also the Golf GTE do to better (as I expect the Passat GTW will once it’s out this summer, IIRC).

Interestingly, I’ve also seen the first specific report that there will be a Škoda PHEV, in 2017 — this is significant because Škodas by definition have to be fairly cheap (they’re the cheapest VW brand, offering great value for money) — sorry, it’s in German only:
http://www.pragerzeitung.cz/index.php/home/nachrichten/18674-skoda-wird-hybrid-autos-herstellen

My guess is that Nissan scored some pretty big EV fleet deals in Germany last month…

…a more likely explanation than individual German consumers suddenly falling in love with the Leaf 🙂 Esp. now that eGolf, Zoe and i3 are so widely available.

Either that, or a very deep price cut.

Anyway, the more the merrier…

Nissan must have had some kind of special.

Hi Guys at Inside EVs: You should know that the FZ8 detailled statistics has a much better breakdown per model. This is new from January 2015. Look at Page 6+7. There you see 143 e-Golfs and 58 e-UPs.

Regards

Got any link?