In 2018, 24,024 fully electric vehicles were sold in the Netherlands, three times as many as in 2017, according to figures from industry associations RAI and BOVAG and data specialist RDC. Of all new cars registered in 2018, 5.4% of them were electric vehicles (excludes plug-in hybrids) — one of the highest market shares worldwide. In December, 30.4% of cars sold were fully electric cars.
The best-selling EV in 2018 was the Tesla Model S, followed by Jaguar I-PACE and Nissan LEAF. Here are the top 10:
|Tesla Model S||5,633|
|Tesla Model X||2,966|
|Hyundai Kona EV||551|
There are now some 49,000 EVs in the Netherlands. BOVAG and RAI expect sales of some 28,000 in 2019, thanks to the arrival of the Tesla Model 3 and greater choice in the middle-priced segment (sales price between €30,000 and €40,000).
The higher-priced segment is expected to grow less fast, since tax advantages for new EVs are now capped at €50,000 starting on January 1, 2019. Businesses pay less tax on EVs than on other cars in the Netherlands. In December 2018, sales of high-priced cars accelerated because of the change in tax rules.
In 2021, the government is expected to launch a new national support scheme which will apply to all buyers of EVs. Households may delay the purchase of an EV until that time.
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