Electric vehicle fever has definitely caught on in Germany, with March coming in as a record month and echoing France’s record electric car sales month. Germany had over 6,700 electric car registrations last month, a 52% increase year over year (YoY). The plug-in vehicle share of the overall car market was 2%.
But more important than the plug-in niche are the seismic changes happening in the fuel mix of the mainstream market: diesel sales continue to sink (-25%!) YoY, to the benefit of all other fuels — regular gasoline-powered cars are up 9%, CNG cars are +519% (to 1,046 units), plug-in hybrids are +32%, and fully electric cars are +73%. The shift leaves diesel with a market share of only 31%, less than half of what regular gasoline cars have (64%). At this pace, diesel sales will be dead in das diesel Vaterland by 2021–2022. … Could someone imagine this four years ago?
Back to the plug-in vehicle market, the best selling model in March was the VW e-Golf (534 units), stealing the best seller status from the Smart Fortwo ED (which landed only 5th, with 454 deliveries). The e-Golf was followed closely by the Renault Zoe (523 units, its best performance since June) and then the 3rd placed BMW i3 (scoring 459 registrations). The #4 Smart Forfour ED, with 457 deliveries, hit a new record and the 4-seater for the first time outsold its 2-seat sibling (barely).
Some people still don’t believe in fully electric cars … but this was a strong showing for the top 5 EVs on the German market.
|4||Smart Forfour ED||457|
|5||Smart Fortwo ED||454|
In a traditionally fragmented market, the year-to-date leader, the Smart Fortwo ED, lost precious ground to its followers, but without immediate podium changes.
The most relevant changes were the Kia Soul EV climbing two positions to 5th Place and the Smart Forfour ED jumped three positions to 6th, thus creating a fully electric top 6.
The best selling PHEV title also changed hands, with the BMW 225xe Active Tourer (404 deliveries, its best result in 6 months) beating the VW PHEVs and stealing the scepter.
Close to the top 10 is the hot-selling Porsche Panamera PHEV, rising once again, this time to #11, and confirming that buyers enjoy “electricity” and “Porsche” in the same sentence…
The Mercedes E350e once again had a record performance, with 258 registrations, jumping three positions to #12. The new LEAF landed with 346 units, the nameplate’s best result in three years, allowing it to jump to #18.
“What about Tesla?” — you might ask.
Well, the Model S scored 304 deliveries last month, the nameplate’s best result in a year, jumping into #13. As for the Model X, deliveries are markedly slower, having delivered only 124 units in March, still the nameplate’s best performance in 9 months.
In the manufacturer ranking, Volkswagen is in the lead, with 19% share (down 1 percentage point), while last year’s winner, BMW, climbed to 2nd place, with 16% share (up 2%), surpassing Smart (15%, down 1 percentage point).
Regarding the BEV/PHEV share, BEVs are now ahead in the race. Let’s hope this time it will be for good.
|1||Smart Fortwo ED||454||1,693||10%|
|5||Kia Soul EV||396||947||5%|
|6||Smart Forfour ED||457||883||5%|
|7||BMW 225xe Active Tourer||404||855||5%|
|8||VW Golf GTE||301||854||5%|
|9||VW Passat GTE||281||833||5%|
|11||Porsche Panamera PHEV||179||510||3%|
|13||Tesla Model S||304||473||3%|
|14||Kia Niro PHEV||125||462||3%|
|16||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||153||363||2%|
|17||Hyundai Ioniq Electric||61||359||2%|
|20||Audi A3 e-Tron||82||311||2%|
Plug-ins & Regular Hybrids
|1||Toyota Yaris Hybrid||1,346|
|2||Toyota C-HR Hybrid||1,071|
|3||Toyota Auris Hybrid||909|
|4||Toyota RAV4 Hybrid||673|
Unlike other markets, where regular hybrids are feeling the heat and being reached by plug-in electric vehicles, Toyota still owns the podium in Germany. The only plug-in present in the electrified ranking is in fifth, with less than half of the sales of the leading Yaris Hybrid.
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