Sales of Plug In Vehicles in the Netherlands Drop Off Big Time

FEB 4 2014 BY MARK KANE 10

BMW i3

BMW i3

After a record-breaking December with 23.8% market share for plug-ins, reality is back in the Netherlands.

The number of plug in vehicles sold in the Netherlands in January probably didn’t exceed 1,000, compared to 9,309 in December.

We see just 83 new registrations of the Mitsubishi Outlander (down from 4,988 in December when only 12 were petrol versions, the rest being PHEV).

Sales of the Volvo V60 Plug-In (1,734 sold in December) checked in at 472 for January.

Toyota Prius noted just 26 total registrations (PHEV and HEV) in January (compared to 386 for the plug-in version alone in December).

In other words, the mirage of huge market for PHEV in the Netherlands disappeared one day after the incentives vanished.

How about pure electric vehicles?

Tesla fell down from 578 Model S EVs sold in December to 7 in January. BMW i3 fell from 225 to 15.  Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF were outside of the top 200, which means both recorded less than 10 sales in January.

Volkswagen e-up!, which shined in December with 397 registrations, now is an unknown because 1,714 were registered with no indication of the % for the electric-only version.

Obviously, the Netherlands need some time to re-build its plug-in supply after the 2013 year-end rush for plug-ins, but stable levels without incentives will surely be lower than in 2013.


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10 Comments on "Sales of Plug In Vehicles in the Netherlands Drop Off Big Time"

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No incentives? What exactly happened? Let me guess, a newly elected conservative Government withdrew various incentives? 2014 is not gonna shine. One bright side I can tell, January EV sales in Ireland jumped 1600%. 1 BMW i3 and 51 Nissan LEAFs, compared to 46 LEAFs in all of 2013. 51’s impressive, made 4.5% of Nissan’s sales.

nope same government. Announced already a year ago that the incentives are not going to last past 2013. You socialists in America need the government to buy a car:-) Of course that’s a joke, as that’s the way you guys tend to look at Europe.

Curious indeed what it will do with the BEVs in Netherlands in 2014 and 2015. You still pay less road tax but that’s peanuts compared to the huge incentives you are getting.

Why do governments let incentives expire so abruptly. A tapering over several years would be a lot easier for the EV auto industry to deal with. Even the US law has a stupid provision that penalizes the most successful EV makers.

I believe that the Netherlands incentives do actually taper. Plug in vehicles still get very attractive treatment, just not as attractive.

I think it is too early to judge ongoing demand, let’s see how the next few months go once inventory is replenished. Mitsubishi still has a significant number of orders for additional units it could not supply by the end of 2013.

If demand in Europe really does taper sharply perhaps that will speed up their arrival in North America.

Add another .01 per gallon tax and it’s provides more funds for EV incentives than anyone would know what to do with.

I think its ok. On a long basis evs need to be better on their own. A lot of dutch people can expierience EVs now and tell their friends. The price will go down. I say within the next 3 years TOC will be better and in 7 years we gonna have enough range for one car families. So i can buy my first EV in 10 years, when the first used ones are sold 🙂

But so do ices.
Yes, the cars themselves may not be subsidized, but the fuel is.

1. low fuel taxes
2. all security of oil production and transport is paid by governments aka taxpayers.

So, gasoline looks cheap, but if you are paying taxes, you are paying for fuel, whether or not you use it.

Not in NL, where we pay €1,80 per liter (do the math in dollars per gallon:-))

That’s about $9.22/gallon.

I meant in us.

I have to deal with high prices too, in Germany where I currently work.
Though it still seems to low, judging by how many people leave their cars idling at train-crossings, traffic lights known to have long red phases, outside their doors for 15 minutes on a cold day, while chatting to a friend on the side of the road…