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

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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.

Model April Sales  
1 Nissan Leaf 268
2 VW e-Golf 125
3 Renault Zoe 110
4 BMW i3 86
5 Hyundai Ioniq Electric 81

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.

Netherlands April YTD PEV YTD Market Share
1 VW e-Golf 125 917 17%
2 Tesla Model S 47 859 16%
3 Nissan Leaf 268 741 14%
4 Hyundai Ioniq Electric 81 623 11%
5 Tesla Model X 28 397 7%
6 BMW i3 86 384 7%
7 Renault Zoe 110 370 7%
8 Opel Ampera-e 59 364 7%
9 Porsche Panamera PHEV 28 158 3%
10 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 30 107 2%
11 Volvo XC60 PHEV 2 100 2%
12 BMW 530e 18 53 1%
13 Mini Countryman PHEV 2 43 1%
14 Toyota Prius PHEV 6 38 1%
15 Smart Forfour ED 13 36 1%
16 BMW 330e 23 35 1%
17 Volvo XC90 PHEV 24 0%
18 Smart Fortwo ED 2 20 0%
18 Mercedes GLC350e 4 20 0%
20 Volvo S/V90 PHEV 17 0%
Others 31 166 3%
TOTAL 963 5,472 100%

Source: RAI Vereniging

Regular Hybrids + Plug-ins Ranking

Model April Sales  
1 Kia Niro HEV 565
2 Toyota Yaris Hybrid 415
3 Toyota C-HR Hybrid 377
4 Nissan Leaf 268
5 Toyota 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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José Pontes

Always interested in the auto industry, particularly in electric cars, Jose has been overviewed the sales evolution of plug-ins on the EV Sales blog, 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 also market analyst on EV-Volumes and works with the European Alternative Fuels Observatory on EV sales matters.

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