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Renault Zoe Climbs To #1 In Germany (#CleanTechnica Report)

The German plug-in electric car (PEV) market grew 23% in June, to 5,709 registrations, with plug-in hybrids (+25%) and fully electric cars (+21%) growing at a similar pace. In 2018, all-electrics are reaching 1% share, while plug-in hybrids have also grown their share to 1%, resulting in a total PEV share of 2%.

The German plug-in electric car (PEV) market grew 23% in June, to 5,709 registrations, with plug-in hybrids (+25%) and fully electric cars (+21%) growing at a similar pace. In 2018, all-electrics are reaching 1% share, while plug-in hybrids have also grown their share to 1%, resulting in a total PEV share of 2%.

But the most interesting story on the fuels mix is the Titanic-like drop of diesel vehicles sales. In June, their sales sank 16%, to the benefit of all other kinds of fuels. Diesel now represents only 31% of the market. At this pace, diesel sales could be tot in this market by 2021. Inconceivable? Well, in 12 months, diesel lost 9% share,, going from 40% to 31%.

Looking at June best sellers, BMW had a 1–2 win, with the i3 scoring 509 units, a new year best, while the 225xe Active Tourer registered 500 units, a new record for the German MPV.

The Renault Zoe was 3rd, while the surprise of the month was the #5 Mini Countryman PHEV. With 300 deliveries, it had its best result ever in Germany.

Just outside the top 5, the VW e-Golf registered only 290 deliveries, its worst performance in 11 months. Is the German brand already starting the sunset mode of its BEV hatchback?

Model Sales  
1 BMW i3 509
2 BMW 225xe A. Tourer 500
3 Renault Zoe 465
4 Smart Forfour ED 310
5 Mini Countryman PHEV 300

Over the years, the German PEV market has become known for its constant changes, with several plots and sub-plots happening every time, Rote Rosen-novela style. This season, in the June chapter, we have yet another leadership change, with the Renault Zoe climbing to #1 for the first time since July ’17.

But the changes in the front group didn’t ended there. The BMW i3 surpassed the Smart Fortwo ED and is now the new #3, but with only 358 units separating the 4 frontrunners, there’s still a lot to expect from this race until December, almost reminding one of the best races in Formula E.

The Smart Forfour ED climbed two positions, to #6, putting 6 BEVs in the top 6 positions, which is a significant sign of what people are looking for…

In the PHEV race, the Mercedes E350e is losing ground to its pursuers (VW Passat & Golf GTE, BMW 225xe A. Tourer), with the BMW MPV expected to surpass the remaining competition in July.

The Audi A3 e-Tron is in recovery mode, jumping four positions to #11 thanks to 279 deliveries. That’s it’s best result in 9 months.

As for Tesla Model S, the sports sedan climbed two positions to #15, but it is still behind its direct competitor, the #12 Porsche Panamera PHEV. Germany would always be a tough market to crack for Tesla (a bit like the BMW i3 in the US), but the truth is that this year Model S deliveries are down 32% YoY and the Model X is faring even worse (-37% YoY). Are the upcoming German premium BEVs already making a dent in Tesla sales?

Underlining another positive month for BMW, the 530e sedan also hit a personal best, with 161 registrations. The strong sales allowed it to climb to #17.

In the brand ranking, Volkswagen (17%, down 1%) continues in the lead, but BMW (16%) is getting closer, while the #3 Smart (12%) is stable in the last place on the podium.

EV Model June YTD EV Market Share
1 Renault Zoe 465 2,691 8%
2 VW e-Golf 290 2,561 8%
3 BMW i3 509 2,449 7%
4 Smart Fortwo ED 264 2,333 7%
5 Kia Soul EV 125 2,024 6%
6 Smart Forfour ED 310 1,569 5%
7 Mercedes E350e 187 1,479 4%
8 VW Passat GTE 198 1,477 4%
9 BMW 225xe Active Tourer 500 1,471 4%
10 VW Golf GTE 206 1,455 4%
11 Audi A3 e-Tron 279 999 3%
12 Porsche Panamera PHEV 149 944 3%
13 Nissan Leaf 127 892 3%
14 Kia Niro PHEV 145 879 3%
15 Tesla Model S 200 856 3%
16 Mercedes GLC350e 98 827 2%
17 BMW 530e 161 771 2%
18 Mercedes C350e 52 762 2%
19 Hyundai Ioniq Electric 126 679 2%
20 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 121 666 2%
Others 1,197 5,773 17%
TOTAL 5,709 33,557 100%


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