Plug-In Hybrid Car Sales In Germany Down In September

OCT 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 11

Overall, plug-in car sales decreased, but market share improved.

In Germany, as in many other European Union countries, sales of cars shrunk in September because not all models were certified for the WLTP emission test cycle. That concerns many plug-in hybrids, and those dragged the plug-in electric car segment as a whole down, even despite the fact that all-electric models noted an increase.

In total, 4,719 new passenger plug-in cars were registered in September, which was 12% less than a year ago. Because the market went down over 30%, market share improved to one of the highest levels ever: 2.36%.

  • BEVs: 2,357 – up 5% at ≈1.18% market share
  • PHEVs: 2,362 – down 24% at ≈1.18% market share

After nine months of this year, total new passenger plug-in car registrations reached 50,141 at an average of almost 1.9% market share.

The top selling all-electric models were Volkswagen e-Golf (432) and Renault ZOE (328), while BMW i3 was good for 282 (plus 138 REx for total 420).

Tesla registrations stands at 201 (104 Model S + 81 Model X). Jaguar I-PACE was at just 8 registrations! Another newcomer, Hyundai Kona Electric, on the other hand, noted 91.

All those results were nothing compared to 812 StreetScooters (3,293 YTD), which are not included in the total passenger plug-in car registrations above.

More than half of the plug-in hybrids in September were BMW – 1,196, including 752 BMW 225xe Active Tourer.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – September 2018

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32 Porsche BEV’s👍🏻

The auto industry is in decline. Falling sales all over.
Passenger-car purchases by dealerships declined 12 percent to 2.06 million units in September, said the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers

No wonder Streetscooter is increasing in registrations, as Q4 has started. The year end business after the holiday months means a load of parcels to be delivered from online shopping, that’s why DHL always has registered more vehicles in the months September to December when compared to e,g, August or July. They continue to do so with the electric ones. October might become a new record with more than 1000 new registrations, if Ford manages to churn out some Work XL in time to add t the smaller versions.

Cars are becoming a luxury, young people simply cannot afford them. I have 3 boys ages 23 to 27 and only one is about to purchase his first used car. However they all own cell phones and computers (two of them expensive i7 gaming machines) so you can see where their priority is.

I don’t think it’s about being able to afford them — it’s more about being willing. Among young urban populations, cars simply are not that much of a status symbol any more…

Exactly! Cars have never been cheap and easy to buy for younger folks, but it is possible. Decent, serviceable used cars can be had for as low as $3000. If you’re willing to work on them, running, registered used cars can be had for under $1000. It’s just today’s kids aren’t interested and are responsibility and commitment adverse.

We have two group of people at work in their early 20ies, and one of the groups spend money on travelling, expensive coffe, and beer, use a single speed bike, their phone and headphones. They have tiny apartments, and no wish for a house. When asked during lunch, one said I can’t take a house or a car with me to the grave – but I can use the money on experiences while I live. The other group are more oriented towards fitness, training, walking in the mountains, skiing (all types/styles), kayaking, diving and basically a lot of the stuff I did when I grew up. But they are way more image focused, afraid that a bottle of Coke will make them looked less lean/ripped. They spend tens of hours at the gym every week, and they have to have a sweet ride. Something with the right image, like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Tesla, Jaguar and so on. Even though it cost a lot. They would also rather have a stylish small apartment/house, then a large one with the wrong image. Of course they have to share it all on their blog, and just about anywhere they can have followers.

Feels weird that the title only mentions PHEVs, but the title image shows a BEV…

Huh? The list of electrics has 4 and 5 Citroëns and Peugeots respectively (almost as many as the 10 Opels, presumably Ampera-e’s).
There are still rebadged i-MiEVs for sale in Europe (Citroën C-Zero / Peugeot iOn)?

Indeed and also Citroën Berlingo Electric and E-Mahari.