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Published on July 15th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


Netherlands Electric Car Sales — Volkswagen Golf GTE Now Queen, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Princess

July 15th, 2015 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Netherlands EV SalesThe Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) had been holding the #1 spot in electric car sales in the Netherlands for a while. It’s been doing well in other European markets as well, propelling it to #1 in Europe as a whole. But it has been kicked off its throne in the Netherlands. Another plug-in hybrid (both of which I saw several times while visiting the Netherlands last month), the Volkswagen Golf GTE, is now holding a solid lead at #1.

Unsurprisingly, when I finally found an electric car driver who I could interview about charging EVs in Amsterdam, he was driving a Golf GTE, and he was kind enough to drop a short review of the Golf GTE on me as well, so check that out!

Anyhow, though, getting back to the sales (or registrations, to be precise), the Outlander PHEV is still well above the rest of the pack at #2. Behind it, the Audi A3 e-tron and Volvo V60 PHEV are neck and neck for the year, but the brand new Mercedes 350e just jumped onto the list at #3 in June, so I’ll keep an eye on it in the second half of this year. The stunning Tesla Model S holds a pretty strong grip on #5, but I could see it being overrun by the Mercedes 350e based on June numbers. We’ll see….

To have a gander at all of the numbers yourself, check out the following two charts and table that I just put together (thanks to José Pontes for the numbers*):

Netherlands EV Sales - June 15

*Note that these registration numbers require some assumptions and are not all from an official source. I’ve tried to track down complete numbers in the past, but the nature of the beast these days is that they just aren’t available. I’ve also found mistakes and odd assumptions in José’s numbers in the past, but they are still far and away the best I have found aggregated on the internet. So, be cautious with how you use these sales statistics, but the general picture should be accurate and useful. 

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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