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Published on May 11th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes


Nissan LEAF Crushes It In The Netherlands In April (#EVSales)

May 11th, 2018 by  

VW e-Golf Recovers the Leadership Position

The Netherlands had 963 registrations in April, up 170% compared to the same period last year. That pulls the year-to-date (YTD) count to 5,472 units (+129%), while placing the 2018 share at 3.2%. Fully electric cars (BEV) represent a whopping 87% of all plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales.

The new generation is doing wonders for the Nissan Leaf. It won its first Monthly Best Seller award in 6 years, thanks to 268 registrations (putting it #40 overall among cars in the Netherlands). Its Alliance cousin, the Renault Zoe, was 3rd, with 110 deliveries (a year best) as the French automaker tries to end the model waiting list.

In the “B” PHEV league, April’s best seller was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. That, with 30 units, won its first trophy this year.

ModelApril Sales  
1Nissan Leaf268
2VW e-Golf125
3Renault Zoe110
4BMW i386
5Hyundai Ioniq Electric81

Looking at the 2018 ranking, the VW e-Golf recovered the leadership position while the Nissan Leaf continued a steady climb up the ranking, now positioned in third place. Expect the Japanese hatchback to continue closing in on the top two, making this year’s Best Seller trophy a three-horse race.

Going in the other direction, the Ampera-e lost two places, dropping to #8, to the benefit of the BMW i3 and Renault Zoe. With only 59 deliveries in April, it was European Chevy Bolt’s lowest performance this year. With the reservation backlog pretty much gone, it will be interesting to see how many people will be willing to spend €47,000(!) for this hot hatch.

Checking the (PHEV) B-League, the Porsche Panamera PHEV stayed as the best selling model, with 158 deliveries. Despite the lack of relevant incentives for plug-in hybrids, the PHEV version of the Panamera represented 89% of all of the nameplate’s registrations! That made it the second best selling Porsche in the Dutch market, only behind the eternal 911.

With performances like these, no wonder Porsche is now one of the most enthusiastic electric adopters among legacy OEMs. … “Money makes the world go round!

Elsewhere in the PHEV-league, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV climbed to the runner-up position (#10 among PEVs). BMW also had a good month, with the 530e registering a record 18 units, allowing it to climb one position. Meanwhile, while the 330e joined the top 20 thanks to 23 deliveries, its best result in 16 months.

In the manufacturer ranking, Tesla (23%, down 3%) is in the lead, with Volkswagen (17%, down 1%) staying in #2, but rising Nissan (14%, up 4%) is now third and is closing in on VW — it could pose a real threat soon.

Outside the podium, Hyundai (11%) and BMW (9%) are too distant to bother the top three.

NetherlandsAprilYTDPEV YTD Market Share
1VW e-Golf12591717%
2Tesla Model S4785916%
3Nissan Leaf26874114%
4Hyundai Ioniq Electric8162311%
5Tesla Model X283977%
6BMW i3863847%
7Renault Zoe1103707%
8Opel Ampera-e593647%
9Porsche Panamera PHEV281583%
10Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV301072%
11Volvo XC60 PHEV21002%
12BMW 530e18531%
13Mini Countryman PHEV2431%
14Toyota Prius PHEV6381%
15Smart Forfour ED13361%
16BMW 330e23351%
17Volvo XC90 PHEV240%
18Smart Fortwo ED2200%
18Mercedes GLC350e4200%
20Volvo S/V90 PHEV170%

Source: RAI Vereniging

Regular Hybrids + Plug-ins Ranking

ModelApril Sales  
1Kia Niro HEV565
2Toyota Yaris Hybrid415
3Toyota C-HR Hybrid377
4Nissan Leaf268
5Toyota Auris Hybrid

VW e-Golf


If we add regular hybrids to plug-ins, the Kia Niro HEV continues to surprise, returning to the leadership position with 565 registrations. It is followed by two Toyota hybrids, but this time, we do have two plug-ins vehicles in the top 5. The Nissan Leaf was in 4th, and the VW e-Golf in 5th, with the latter sharing the 5th spot with the Toyota Auris Hybrid.



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About the Author

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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