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?
|2||BMW 225xe A. Tourer||500|
|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|
|4||Smart Fortwo ED||264||2,333||7%|
|5||Kia Soul EV||125||2,024||6%|
|6||Smart Forfour ED||310||1,569||5%|
|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%|
|14||Kia Niro PHEV||145||879||3%|
|15||Tesla Model S||200||856||3%|
|19||Hyundai Ioniq Electric||126||679||2%|
|20||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||121||666||2%|
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