Sales Of Plug-In Hybrids In Germany Up 97% In May, But BEVs Down 39%

JUN 26 2015 BY MARK KANE 12

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

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

The German plug-in electric car market grew in May but only 11% to 1,628 new registrations and 0.6% market share.

The good news is that plug-in hybrids are booming, reaching a record high 1,054 (up 97% year-over-year).

The bad news is that pure electric cars are struggling to achieve growth every month, and in May actually fell by 39% to 574!

Overall, after five months of 2015, total registrations stand at 7,856.

According to EV Sales Blog, plug-in hybrids are taking the top spots among models.

First is Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is fighting with Volkswagen Golf GTE, although both are in different classes.

The best selling all-electric car in May was Renault ZOE, but for the year the leader is Nissan LEAF.

There are now over 30 models on the market, which is on track to exceed 20,000 units in the whole 2015 (compared to 13,000 in 2014).

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12 Comments on "Sales Of Plug-In Hybrids In Germany Up 97% In May, But BEVs Down 39%"

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I think the Golf GTE vs e-Golf is the most interesting story here. Is it not a more or less apples-to-apples PHEV vs BEV comparison?

Regarding range not realy…

The PHEV v. BEV race is distorted this month due to the introduction of new models.

Yeah, auto sales — and I mean all types of models, not just PEVs — vary so much from month to month that tracking monthly sales isn’t very useful, especially when sales are mainly concentrated in just a few models.

Looking at annual growth (or lack thereof) is much more meaningful.

But if you look at long term trends you will get up 50% for BEVs and ~400% for PHEVs. This is just a good example of bad interpretation of statistics.

My percentage numbers are for expected year over year results for next month. I was a bit quick in posting, sorry.

It would be nice see InsideEVs include number the of models for PHEVs and BEVs on the market for each month in addition to sales totals.

In the market where incentives for BEV/PHEV are similar, PHEV sales tend to be slightly higher…

BEV/PHEV ratio generally tracks the difference in incentives ratio for BEV/PHEV.

In market where BEV incentives are factors more than PHEV, BEV sales tend to dominate…

German higways traffic is just too fast for present BEV range. Drived from Luxembourg to Cologne yesterday, real time obvervation thus. PHEV’s are making sense there for the time being.

Trucks maximum 90 km/h, busses 110 km/h. There is no problem to flow with the other traffic.

I agree but not many will want to do this, so this is one of the reasons why PHEV sales are what they are in Germany.

That is 210 km, you can do that with a Model S even at very fast speed because not all the distance is allowed at fast speed anyway and you must slow down from time to time because of trafic. But I agree that other ev can’t and there is certainly room for more energetic batteries at 150 KWh perhaps 200 KWh in the future.