Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Germany Up By 23% In August As Kia Soul EV Shines

SEP 26 2015 BY MARK KANE 16

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

In August, overall plug-in electric car registrations increased in Germany by around 23% year-over-year to some 1,401.

It is surprising because after so many months of permanent growth from plug-in hybrids, last month their sales fell to 570 (from 620 a year ago), despite several new models being available from German manufacturers.

On the other hand, the all-electric part of the market went up by 61% from 515 to 831 reaching 0.4% market share!

The cause of BEV surge over PHEV is Kia Soul EV, which for the third month in a row set its new own record for registrations – 360 in August.

That’s twice as much as the second best Audi A3 e-tron at 177.

Tesla Model S was third in August with 130 registrations!

With 4 months to go this year, there is still chance for Kia Soul EV and Tesla Model S get on the podium.

For detailed registration results for Germany, please visit the EV Sales Blog:

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – August 2015 (source: EV Sales Blog)

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – August 2015 (source: EV Sales Blog)

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16 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Germany Up By 23% In August As Kia Soul EV Shines"

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But which cities have the best ev sales in Germany ?? Any data on that??

It’s interesting to me that the Soul EV does so well considering it has aerodynamics not much better than a brick. It just goes to show you how much people value usable interior space.

With 27kWh usable it is one of the highest AER EVs besides Tesla. It easily beats the Leaf with 20-30% more range and at 55mph aero is not much of a factor.

I expect the 30kWh Leaf to reclaim it’s good market position in the top 3 EVs in Germany.

I read on other sites many of the Soul EVs sold in Germany get re-exported to Norway because the local Norwegian distributor can’t get enough Soul EVs to meet demand.

This is true. Soul EV “sales” are mostly a function of Kia’s country-specific allocation decisions…a good number of these 360 vehicles will not be staying in Germany very long.

Why can Kia supply that many vehicles to Germany, but only half that many to the USA?

Each kia country division reserved a specified numbers of cars. Kia germany said maybe 400, kia norway said maybe 200, and Kia USA said maybe 200.

Therefore (country division reservation) the soul EV can be differently configurated in nearby countries (germany no roof window, austria with option for roof window).

Why does sales seem to be rising a lot in every European country, while they get lower here?

Environmental awareness and a will to improve.

where is “here”? The Internet??

Now that the Germans know that the Diesels of VW, Audi & Porsche are dirty, they better start buying more EVs, Plugins and Hybrids.

Smaller countries like Norway & Netherlands are buying more of these vehicles and Germans should rethink about their environmental commitment.

the next generation of diesels don’t have this “feature”. The next Gen was introduced about half a year ago and fullfilles the exhaust air requirements.

I am wondering what prevents Kia from selling Soul-EV in all states in USA.

Its a good vehicle and should sell in 1000,s if they expand its sales from 50 to all 50 states in USA.

It seems while KIA has good intentions with the Soul EV, their Supply Trains Commitments to support higher build rates are a bit weak; or the darn thing is such a runaway success, leading them to realize they way underestimated what kind of sales numbers they would get, and got caught with their planning ‘Pants Down’!

Also – they might not have intentions to go as big as Nissan in their mfg production, preferring to go slow as they wait for better batteries to show up!

There was an eight month wait (Canada) for our Kia Soul EV. It outperforms our Leaf (that we kept) and was worth the wait. I hope that Kia can get production levels up. It is a great EV

The year-to-date sales figures of the top EV sellers, makes Tesla’s 1,000 per month sales goal for Germany look Ludicrous. I think Tesla’s recent switching of German bosses is going have a negligible effect on sales at best.