Netherlands: 32% Of New Cars Sold Now Plugin Cars

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Chinese Lynk & Co 01 PHEV #1 in May

In the context of a falling overall market, down 7% year over year (YoY) in May, the Dutch plugin vehicle (PEV) market has continued to grow, reaching 32% last month. That’s mostly thanks to pure electrics (21% of all new vehicle sales), which jumped 48% year over year (YoY) last month. Overall, the YTD market share for plugin vehicles rose to 31% (18% BEV).

Geely’s Lynk & Co 01 PHEV won May’s best seller race, with the 553 registrations made last month allowing it to also be #5 in the overall ranking, followed by the Skoda Enyaq, which scored 523 registrations, earning it the 6th spot overall.

Completing the podium, we have the Peugeot e-208 EV, with a best ever result of 507 registrations. The electric version contributed 54% of the total registrations of the French hatchback, allowing the Peugeot model to be the best seller in the overall market for the first time ever.

Speaking of record results, a few more models hit personal bests, like the #10 Citroen e-C4 EV, with 184 units. The electric hatchback-that-thinks-it’s-a-crossover continued to slowly ramp up deliveries. The same happened to the BMW i4, which ended the month in #11, with a record 178 deliveries. The Dacia Spring was 16th, with 143 registrations, a new record for the Sino-Romanian in Dutch lands.

In the second half of the table, the highlights were the 151 units of the #14 Opel Corsa EV, underlining a positive month for Stellantis, which had 5 models in May’s top 20.

The Cupra Born also showed up once again in the table, this time in #17.

Outside the top 20, April saw the landing of the Opel Astra PHEV, with 55 registrations, and while plugin hybrids aren’t really hot right now, there were only 3 PHEV representatives in last month’s top 20. The sharp suited Opel compact model will have a BEV version next year, as the lightning bolt maker looks to recover its past glory, especially in the Netherlands, where it once was one of the main brands. Will Opel be great again in the Netherlands?

The much awaited Mercedes EQE had its second month on the market, with 37 registrations, which is better than the 23 of its debut month. That’s still behind the current category leaders, the Audi e-tron (88 units in May), BMW iX (64), and Porsche Taycan (also 64).

Looking at the 2022 ranking, the race remains close between the Skoda Enyaq and the Lynk & Co 01 PHEV, with only 106 units separating the two. Although, with production constraints said to ease in the second half of the year, expect the Czech to win the 2022 best seller title.

In the race for 3rd place, the Korean Kia Niro EV has recovered some ground from the #3 Volvo XC40 PHEV, with 201 units now separating them. So, we might see a position change here in the coming months.

Down below, we see the Peugeot e-208 EV jumping two spots, to 6th, thanks to its record score, surpassing both the Kia EV6 and Fiat 500e. Those latter models nevertheless maintained their leading positions in their respective categories (midsize for the sporty Korean, city cars for the little Italian).

In the second half of the table, there’s plenty to talk about. The Mini Cooper EV climbed to #11, while the BMW iX3 jumped four spots to #13, becoming the new best selling model in the BMW stable. The 3-Series PHEV (330e) is now on its way off the table, as the recent i4 is ramping up deliveries at the expense of the PHEV Bimmer model.

The Volkswagen ID.3 jumped to #16, so it seems the German hatchback is now in a much needed recovery mode. Meanwhile, the Citroen e-C4 EV joined the table in #17, with the quirky hatchback now the 4th Stellantis model on the table.

In the manufacturer ranking, PHEV-heavy Volvo (11.4%, down 1.2% share) is starting to suffer from the BEV takeover, but still has the runner-up BMW (9.1%) at a safe distance. Although, one wonders for how long….

Meanwhile, a rising Kia (8.8%, up from 8.4%) is comfortable in the last place on the podium.

Off the podium, Peugeot made a triumphant return, thanks to the e-208’s record score. It jumped to 4th, with 6.8% share. Though, it has #5 Skoda (6.8%) just 9 units behind it.

As for OEMs, Volkswagen Group (20.8%) is in the leadership position, earning precious ground over runner-up Geely–Volvo (19%, down from 19.7%). Geely–Volvo saw its share dwindle due to Volvo’s slow month.

On the other hand, 3rd placed Stellantis (15.4%, up 1.1% share) is on the rise, now having a comfortable distance over #4 Hyundai–Kia (12.7%).

Finally, in 5th, we have BMW Group (11.5%), which is a safe distance above its arch-rival Mercedes Group. Both groups are transitioning into a more BEV-heavy lineup.

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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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