Published on March 16th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Netherlands Electric Car Sales Update (February 2014 & YTD Sales)

March 16th, 2014 by  

Sitting at #2 behind Norway, just a bit above Germany and France, the Netherlands is remaining a major electric vehicle market. In particular, it remains king of the plug-in hybrid. I’d really love to receive some more feedback on this idiosyncrasy, so chime in below if you have something to add on that!

Also, I’m curious to hear some predictions for the remainder of the year in the Netherlands. Will the plug-in hybrids remain on top? Will the Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe surge forward? Will the BMW i3 or Tesla Model S pick up the pace? Again, chime in below… after checking out my EV Obsession repost:

The Curious Case of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles In The Netherlands (February Sales Report) (via EV Obsession)

There’s no denying it — the Dutch electric vehicle market is an interesting one. There was a surge in plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sales at the end of 2013 because of an expiring incentive for PHEVs. Nonetheless, PHEVs continue to dominate…

Check out our new 93-page EV report, based on over 2,000 surveys collected from EV drivers in 49 of 50 US states, 26 European countries, and 9 Canadian provinces.

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  • Thanks, guys. Appreciate the comments. Based on your info, seems like those 2 top models are really doing an exceptional job pulling in buyers over the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S. I’m a tad surprised.

    Tot ziens!

  • FairFrank

    “It’s the tax, stupid” would Bill have said.
    Although less attractive than in 2013, PHEV’s (7% additional tax liability) still have significant tax incentives compared to ICE’s (14 – 25% atl). FEV’s (4% atl) are just slightly better of. That 3% is not going to make the difference.
    Another reason was already mentioned: a lot of potential buyers missed the 2013 quota and decided to go for 2014, because it is still attractive. In their thinking: “For nearly the same tax conditions I can drive an EV with range extender capabilities.”
    The bicycle story is very creative. Period.

    • CleanCoen

      The tax incentives are for business drivers only. They are the ones buying the (P)HEVs. The fairly high car prices make the tax difference significant, yet also appealing car models helped open up the marketplace.
      People usually have one prime car and use it for commuting, family trips and vacations abroad. In this usage profile, the longer range trips are imho obstacles for all EVs in this market. These private kilometers are important since these are the rason why the additional tax is willingly paid for.

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