Published on March 7th, 2016 | by James Ayre


Germany Electric Car Market Grew 86% In 2015

March 7th, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

The German electric vehicle market grew by around 82% in 2015 (as compared to 2014) — with a total of 24,156 units delivered in the country during the year — according to EV-Volumes, an EV sales database and consultancy that has partnered with EV Obsession and CleanTechnica.

Electric vehicles + plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) still only made up around 0.7% of the total German auto market in 2015, despite the decent growth, though. Worth noting is that, as one can see in the graph below, deliveries were loaded towards the end of the year rather than the beginning.

Germany 2016 January EV Volumes


As we reported earlier, this rate of growth is apparently not to the liking of many officials and citizens in the country, and it appears that substantial electric vehicle (EV) incentives may be made available in the near future. To be more specific, up to €5000 in subsidies for all-electric vehicles (EVs) — to be paid for partly by the country’s automakers.

In related news, sales figures for January 2016 were recently made available as well. EV-Volumes provides more:

Total sales of plug-ins were just 1450 units, only 13% higher than for January 2015. Most surprising is the absence of Kia Soul in the top-10. The Soul was the winner of 2015, with over 900 sales in December alone. In January, only 37 were delivered. Also the BMW i3, Germany’s #2 plug-in of 2015 has a slow start in 2016.

28% of plug-in sales were Kia Soul during the previous quarter and without these sales, January looks bleaker than the volume of other models would suggest. The situation is likely to be temporary; more about it in the next update for Q1 of 2016.

January 2016 Germany EV volumes

Decent numbers, but without the aforementioned incentives going into place, the country’s electric vehicle market seems unlikely to see a significant change anytime soon — as most German automakers have been slow to offer substantive electric offerings, and a great many Germans only buy German cars.

Image Credits: EV-Volumes

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  • nitpicker357

    82%? 86? What’s the deal?

  • Anthony C

    I don’t really get the idea behind automakers paying part of subsidies for EVs, Is there a reason that’s better than just dropping the vehicle price by the amount of the subsidy?

  • Ivor O’Connor

    The top 10 “PEV”s. What is a PEV?

    • Jenny Sommer

      PlugIn EVs (including hybrids and EVs). PHEVs+EVs+RexEVs.
      Everything with a plug.
      In contrast to plugless hybrids.

      • Ivor O’Connor

        Thanks. It seems redundant to me. That EV should instead be used.

        • Anthony C

          I like when they break it out and would prefer they not just throw a “P” in front to add a bunch of other cars. To me, there’s ICE, EV, and everything else. Shouldn’t get to have EV in type of car it is unless electric, just giving an ICE a plug doesn’t change what it is.

          • Ivor O’Connor

            Yes indeed. However EV can refer to BEVs, PHEVs, etc. and is possibly identical to NEV and PEV.

    • nitpicker357

      Probably Plug-in Electric Vehicle, which would include Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and Battery Electric Vehicles.

      I feel The Need To Capitalize certain words and phrases.

  • Frank

    I think it will be really interesting to see what happens when the Tesla Mod 3 and it’s competitiors start shipping in volume.

    I am also very curious what Elon thinks of the SAE 150kw standard. Obviously, there aren’t any cars or chargers for it yet, but I don’t really like multiple competing standards.

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