Plug-In Electric Car Sales In The Netherlands Growing By ~100% In Recent Months

OCT 11 2015 BY MARK KANE 25

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Electric car sales are on a strong rise in the Netherlands the last couple months after a slower start to 2015.

Year-over-year growth is averaging about 100% in the period of June-September with a total of over 9,000 cars (over 18,000 in nine months) sold.

According to EV Sales Blog, September’s result stands at 2,412 plug-ins sold and a 6.11% market share (!!!).

The most popular model again was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (476 and 3,516 YTD), which this year lost the 2015 lead because of the Volkswagen Golf GTE surge (335 in September and 4,378).

While the plug-in hybrids dominates the Dutch market, the all-electric leader is only one – the (locally assembled for all if Europe) Tesla Model S.

So far this year, over 1,311 were sold in the Netherlands (nearly 38% more than a year ago at this time). In total for all-time, there is about 3,900 Model S in the Netherlands.

Tesla Model S sales In The Netherlands (EV Sales Blog data) – September 2015

Tesla Model S Sales In The Netherlands (EV Sales Blog data) – September 2015

Source: EV Sales Blog

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25 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Sales In The Netherlands Growing By ~100% In Recent Months"

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it would be nice if you put this information in context: the netherlands accounts for less than 5% of total auto sales in the eu. the eu markets of weight are germany, uk, france and italy, which account for about 70% of total auto sales in the eu.

Really? Countries that represent ~70% of the population of the EU represent ~70% of the auto sales of the EU?

Shocking! Such important non-obvious news should be put front and center of any sales news from Europe.

They don’t account for 70% of the population. The east European states, like Poland, have much lower car sales related to their population, bringing the average down a lot.

one thing that would be if you could provide some information on why the take rate of electric vehicles (in terms of market share) is 10 times higher in the netherlands than it is in the rest of the eu.

Its a very progressive, well educated, and rich country.

The incentives given by the government to drive a full Electric or hybrid with minimal electric range of 50 kilometers is huge for business cars
It boils down to driving a almost free car if it is kept for 5 years

Has there been a recent addition or increase of a government incentive or tax abatement on buying plug-in EVs, which has contributed to this increase? Or is the increase due to other factors?

It would be helpful to see this data put into context.

Availability of more models (MB 350e, Golf GTE, A3 e-tron) and the reduction of incentives for plugins at the end of the year. Expect another year-end rush.

Looking at the Europeean data, we can see who dictate his dirty law here in PetroLand.

For the lazy ones… 😉 “According to EV Sales Blog” the market share numbers were: 5,55%/2013, 3,94%/2014, and about 6%/2015.

Sales definitely has to do with context. In the Netherlands many business cars are leased and a certain percentage of the price has to be paid if you want to use it for private use.

This percentage is much higher for plug-in hybrids when purchased in 2016 (for five years) and even higher in 2017. For pure electric cars it remains very low.

One of the contexts is that there will be a change in tax next year (January 1st 2016?) going from the modest 7% today for PHEVs to 21% (compared to the standard 25%).

So there should be a PHEV-surge for the last 3 months of the year.

And then hopefully the still low tax on BEVs (4%) will keep plug-in sales high just some moved from PHEVs to BEVs.

Sorry, from 7% to 14%. The (from 14% to) 21% is for high-emission PHEVs but since even the Prius PHEV gets into the low emission PHEVs it’s basically an unnecessary cathegory.

I was hoping it was because the Dutch are just brighter people than most.

Discussed here before. The true green people use the public transport system a lot in the Netherlands

I heard true green people reduce their carbon footprint to zero by offing themselves.

They also have trees planted on their gravesite for the ultimate in recycling!

Also don’t forget the 170 Tesla Taxis at Amsterdam Airport in daily use, soon supported by EV transfer buses as well.

Well, there are other reasons too. First: the charging infrastructure is very dense, also fast charging. And Holland is the country of the bicycle and many many people have an e-bike, already for many years now. So there is basic knowledge about ‘electric vehicles’ and people have experience with charging.

It’s hardly because of intelligence considering that ~90% of electricity in the Netherlands comes from fossil fuels, about 95% of total energy comes from fossil fuels while the country is barely above sea level (and fairly large parts actually being below sea level).

And if we would really kick on the ones that are environmentally down then we could add that the supervillain company Shell is also dutch. *burr*

I wonder if Ford will still sell the C-Max Energi in the Netherlands once the taxes go up next year. 476 units sold so far this year.

One will see an enormous increase in the last quarter of this year, due to the change in tax regulations here in NL. As of now PHEV vehicles have an additional tax (if being leased through your employer) on your income of 7%. So lats say you lease a PHEV with a catalogue value of 50k EURO, you pay 3500 gross tax, deducted with your income tax rate of either 43 or 52%. So if you earn >57k Euro gross a year. Leasing this PHEV will cost you 0.48*3500=1680 a year net.(that includes your fuel tires all of it). As of 2016 a PHEV will be taxed 14% so it wil cost you double, being 3360. If you buy this year still you’ll have the lower rate of 7% guaranteed for the coming five years. So thats why everybody is running for a PHEV. Lease companies also participate by lifting fines for people who bring back their vehicle early on their contracts. THe same effect is present for BEV. They remain 4% but maxed out at 50K. That means that Tesla’s model S will only be elegible for the lower rate for the first 50K of the value of the… Read more »

Nitpick: “…deducted with your income… ”

It is not a tax deduction, but the opposite, it is added to your income.

The gross amount gets added to your gross income. But there is a tax deduction on this part of your gross income and thus the gross amount will be deducted /netted with your income tax rate as stated. The numbers a clearer than my wording I hope 🙂

Although I welcome every car that can be driven on electrons, at least partially in f.e. city environments, most people that opt for a PHEV are only interested in the tax benefits. Many PHEV’s are leased and include a fuel/tankcard so many drivers do not care for charging their cars, as they do not have to pay for fuel themselves. The Outlander PHEV uses a lot of gas this way, especially when the drivers don’t are about driving more slowly or economical.