February had 1,058 registrations in February 2018, up 116% compared to February 2017, with fully electric cars (BEVs) making for the vast majority of the market (85%). The strong BEV month contributed decisively to the current 2.8% plug-in vehicle (PEV) market share, a good improvement over the 2.2% share of last year.
After a dismal January (only 57 deliveries), February crowned the Tesla Model S as the monthly best seller, thanks to 167 registrations, allowing it to jump four places in the year-to-date (YTD) chart — to #4. But the rebound performances weren’t exclusive of the Tesla nameplate, as the arrival of the new Nissan LEAF meant that the Japanese world leader rebounded in a big way. Nissan delivered 150 LEAFs, its best result in 11 months and a promising start for the popular Nissan EV.
A familiar face in this market also had a surprising result — the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV got 35 registrations, its best result in 9 months, which nevertheless wasn’t enough to win the February Best Selling PHEV award. For that non-pure segment, the Porsche Panamera PHEV (36 registrations) took home the award as it continued to be hot as ever.
|1||Tesla Model S||167|
|4||Hyundai Ioniq Electric||121|
Looking elsewhere, the Opel Ampera-e continues to hold a top spot, being 5th in February with 90 units, and 3rd for the first two months of the year. The #7 Renault Zoe closed an exclusively BEV top 7.
In the manufacturer ranking, Volkswagen (24%) is comfortable in the lead. In second place we have Hyundai (16%), now followed most closely by Tesla (11%).
|EV Model||February||YTD||EV Market Share|
|Hyundai Ioniq Electric||121||441||16%|
|Tesla Model S||167||224||8%|
|Volvo XC60 T8||8||95||4%|
|Porsche Panamera PHEV||36||95||4%|
|Tesla Model X||66||86||3%|
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||35||44||2%|
|Volvo XC90 T8||2||21||1%|
|Mini Countryman PHEV||7||20||1%|
|Volvo S/V90 T8||2||15||1%|
|Smart Fortwo ED||7||14||1%|
|Source: RAI Vereniging|
Tesla Model S vs. Conventional Hybrids
|1||Kia Niro HEV||389|
|2||Toyota Yaris Hybrid||377|
|3||Toyota C-HR Hybrid||258|
|4||Toyota Auris Hybrid||195|
|5||Tesla Model S||167|
If we add regular hybrids, the Kia Niro is steady in the leadership position, with 389 deliveries, followed by three Toyota models. After that, you have the first plug-in model, the Tesla Model S, in fifth. We’ll see if next month can break another plug-in model into that ranking.
Tesla Model S vs. Other Large Luxury Cars
|1||BMW 5 Series||296|
|3||Tesla Model S||167|
Looking at the February registration data, the Tesla Model S managed to end in third place in its overall class. That was its first podium of the year, but it was still kilometers behind the leading BMW 5 Series.
With the March peak coming soon, we will know if the American sports sedan can catch up to the Bimmer.
Tesla Model X vs. Other Large Luxury SUVs
|2||Tesla Model X||66|
|4||LR Range Rover Sport||26|
Big plug-in SUVs took a big hit with the end of PHEV incentives. In 2017, the Tesla Model X was the absolute ruler of the category, but with current Model 3-derived production constraints at the Tesla factory, the American Sports SUV was being delivered in less significant numbers, losing the leadership position at the beginning of the year.
February was the same story, with the Volvo XC90 just edging out the Model X.