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Tesla Model S Is Back In Business In The Netherlands — February 2018 Netherlands Electric Car Sales Report

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.

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.

Model Sales  
1 Tesla Model S 167
2 Nissan LEAF 150
3 VW e-Golf 141
4 Hyundai Ioniq Electric 121
5 Opel Ampera-e 90

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
Volkswagen e-Golf 141 647 24%
Hyundai Ioniq Electric 121 441 16%
Opel Ampera-e 90 244 9%
Tesla Model S 167 224 8%
BMW i3 82 213 8%
Nissan LEAF 150 174 6%
Renault Zoe 92 167 6%
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%
BMW 530e 6 17 1%
Volvo S/V90 T8 2 15 1%
Mercedes E350e 8 15 1%
Smart Fortwo ED 7 14 1%
Mercedes C350e 6 13 0%
Volkswagen e-Up! 4 13 0%
Mercedes GLC350e 3 11 0%
Others 25 109 4%
TOTAL 1058 2678 100%
Source: RAI Vereniging

Tesla Model S vs. Conventional Hybrids

Model Feb. Sales  
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

Model Feb. Sales  
1 BMW 5 Series 296
2 Volvo S/V90 178
3 Tesla Model S 167
4 Mercedes E-Class 124
5 Audi A6 107

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

Model Feb. Sales  
1 Volvo XC90 68
2 Tesla Model X 66
3 Jaguar F-Pace 29
4 LR Range Rover Sport 26
5 Porsche Cayenne 25

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.

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Always interested in the auto industry, particularly in electric cars, Jose has been overviewing the sales evolution of plug-ins through the EV Sales blog since 2012, allowing him to gain an expert view on where EVs are right now and where they are headed in the future. The EV Sales blog has become a go-to source for people interested in electric car sales around the world. Extending that work and expertise, Jose is now a partner in EV-Volumes and works with the European Alternative Fuels Observatory on EV sales matters.


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