Plug-In Electric Car Sales More Than Doubled In Germany In 2017

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Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – December 2017

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

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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

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

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

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

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28 responses to "Plug-In Electric Car Sales More Than Doubled In Germany In 2017"

  1. Benz says:

    At least 4,000 Nissan Leaf sales in Germany in 2018?

    What is the price of the base model Nissan Leaf in Germany?

    1. John Doe says:

      37k ?

      1. Benz says:

        The price of the base model Nissan Leaf in Germany is €31,950

        1. Benz says:

          The German incentive program will give EV buyers a subsidy of €4,000.

          Therefore people in Germany can buy a Nissan Leaf for as much as €27,950.

          The Nissan Leaf is both a practical and an affordable EV model in Germany.

        2. El Fantastico says:

          … and keep in mind that taxes are already included in that price while we here in the States still need to add local taxes (10.1% in my area)!

          1. Threader says:

            Only 10.1% lucky you. We get dinged around 15%. Luckily your trade-in vehicle value reduces the total taxable amount.

          2. Bonaire says:

            Not sure if still in effect, but NJ does not have sales tax on EVs.

            I took a look at various states as a possible home-move recently. Sales and income taxes are a huge consideration when making a move. The one state that seems acceptable for a reasonable priced retirement move is New Hampshire. And nobody is there. You have to like skiing, cold and well, being part of small communities. No sale tax. No income tax. Seems people would run screaming to live there in retirement due to low costs, but the cold must keep people away. TX and FL are other options that are cost-effective. NY is following CA into the high taxation, scaring people away if not making a large income.

  2. floydboy says:

    I believe the EV title (as a percentage of vehicles on the road) strictly belongs to Norway.

    1. arne-nl says:

      What we’ve all been waiting for is the biggest car market to wake up. That has happened, so let’s celebrate.

      1. Bonaire says:

        China? Yeah, they are going to need to replace their 2-cycle and 4-cycle scooters with electric ones to help with air quality. China will lead EV sales going into the next decade. They, along with India, are also building numerous new coal-burning electric generation plants, which seems to be an overall problem.

        1. Some Guy says:

          2-stroke scooters in China? What is left there to replace after 10 years of selling electric scooters? There are about 300 million electric scooters on the road in China, today.
          The older ones run on lead acid, but the newer ones have a growing percentage of lithium ion batteries.
          Some European cities could do well in starting similar exchanges.

        2. arne-nl says:

          Sorry, I meant to say biggest European car market.

  3. Tomas says:

    Very good news. In 2 years it will start skyrocketing.

    1. Bonaire says:

      I don’t see skyrocketing in the future. I see a continued similar slope for numerous years. Far too many “deals” are being made to get sales done. Too many government incentives to “lead” people or fleets to buy. Take those away and sales will slow marketdly. Look at Hong Kong.

      Before announcing skyrocketing, dig deep into the reasons for the sales in the first place. InsideEVs recently had stories about the LAPD buying a bunch of i3 BMWs. They sit unused or used for some going to get their nails done or pick up lunch. A few are 2-years old with under 1000 miles on them. Great for used-car buyers to pick up a deal once they let them go after the depreciation of 3-years.

  4. WARREN says:

    As expensive as the i3 is, pretty amazing it outsells the eGolf. Guess the Germans know an impressively engineered car when they see one. The chart shows the i3 was even number one in 2016?

    1. Mister G says:

      Have you seen an i3 in person? I have and it looks like a golf cart with fancy doors. And I drive 2016 leaf so I’m not anti-ev, my leaf is ugly too. Tesla is the only EV that is comparable to a gas guzzler.

    2. Counter-Strike Cat says:

      Main reason was, that the new eGolf wasn’t available until mid of the year.
      eGolf will likely be the best seller this year.

    3. speculawyer says:

      eGolf is not very impressive. It’s basically just the original Nissan LEAF sold 5 years later. The i3 at least has longer range and the EREV option.

  5. Benz says:

    The reason that people in Germany are now buying more Plug-In Vehicles is obviously the government incentive program.

    The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive can be had for €18,000 (=€22,000 – €4,000).

    Expect sales of Plug-In Vehicles in Germany to be more than 100,000 in 2018.

    1. Jeremy says:

      Don’t forget there were more or less high special offers from german car makers when you exchange old diesel cars .

    2. Bonaire says:

      What is gasoline/petrol going for in Germany? Aren’t homeowners paying nearly .30-.33/kWh for electricity? That comparison would be important to know. if Petrol is > $4Euros/imp gallon, then it is close in fuel-costs per mile. But if the general public don’t find some level of economic benefit to moving to EVs, it’s not going to sway the vast number of the population to buy. There needs to be a good economic reason and not entirely supported through big government incentives – to actually grow in demand to larger-scales.

      1. Jeremy says:

        You pay >=5€ for a US gallon or 6 for imp gallon. Diesel 0,5/0,75 € less.

        If you don‘t care you pay 0,33€/kWh worst case. If you care for prices you can get for high quality green electricity for ~0,28.

    3. Mister G says:

      And tesla was excluded from the government incentive SMH

    4. James says:

      18,000??? That’s still 10,000 too much

  6. trackdaze says:

    Imagine with momentum and new metal 2018 will see roughly 100k or 3% at a minimum.

  7. Arne Johan Larsen says:

    Keep in mind that still a lot of the BEV’s “sold” in Germany are just registered for one day before they are sold to Norway. Mainly this relates to eGolf, i3, Leaf and Soul EV.

    1. Mister G says:

      Why please explain

  8. speculawyer says:

    Must have been a fire sale on the Smart ED.

    Germany really needs to up their EV game.

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