Friday, February 23, 2018

Germany January 2018

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Smart Fortwo ED starts 2018 in the lead

The PEV Fever has definitely caught on in Germany, with January sales growing 107%, to over 5.500 registrations last month, with the PEV Share reaching a record 2.1%.

Looking at last month Best Selling models, the Smart Fortwo ED is selling like hot cakes, with 729 units, leaving the VW e-Golf and Kia Soul EV(!) miles behind, with 450 registrations. The Korean Crossover had its best result in two years, the question will be how many of them will end up in Norway...

Another hot item is the #4 BMW i3, with 359 units, the Hot Hatch was followed by the Renault Zoe, making it five BEVs in the top places.

This underlines the BEV growth (+131%), compared to PHEVs (+88%), if plug-in hybrids continue to outsell all-electric cars, the advantage is narrowing every passing month, now standing at 51% vs 49% share, so it is likely that this year BEVs will outsell Plug-in hybrids for the first time since 2015.

Despite struggling with production (Who isn't, these days?), the Porsche Panamera PHEV still scored 151 units, its best result since last June, confirming that Porsche+electricity is no longer an oxymoron and the upcoming Mission E should have a bright future ahead.

In the manufacturers ranking, Volkswagen started the year in the lead, with 18% share, followed by Smart (16%) and last year winner BMW (14%), while Mercedes and Kia, both with 11% share, are on the lookout for a podium position.


Plug-ins and Regular Hybrids

Jan. Sales  
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
Toyota C-HR Hybrid
Toyota Auris Hybrid
Smart Fortwo ED
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

After several months feeling the heat of Plug-ins, and being reached by some of them, Toyota came back with a vengeance, with the Yaris, C-HR and Auris Hybrids monopolizing the podium, and only one BEV breaking into the Top 5, with the Smart Fortwo ED being the sole non-Toyota model in this Top 5.

Was this a one time thing, or is Toyota back in form and able to push Plug-ins and the Korean hybrids out of the Top 5?


  1. TESLA outside the top 20?

  2. Just checked
    45 Model S
    17 Model X
    1 Model 3

  3. No sign of the Nissan Leaf either. Only 7 BEVs in the top 20. That shows the dearth of viable BEV models and/or supply issues due to the tight battery market. Hopefully that will change before too long.

    1. True, while there is a sea of PHEVs out there, all with similar e-ranges, competitive BEVs are less than a dozen, creating a concentration of demand between them and long waiting lists.

      Other secondary effect is that people in need of larger cars (Big families, etc) that can't afford Teslas, see themselves in a desert, with no BEVs to cater them.

      Even Wagon/Estate lovers, a big piece of the market in Europe, while having several PHEVs to choose from, have no BEV model available. I mean is it so difficult for VW to make an e-Golf station Wagon?

    2. Deliveries of the Leaf just started in February. Then I am sure it will be in the top20.
      About BEV's there is a shortage of battery supply. And as bigger batteries become as less cars you can produce. The demand in the market (Germany/Europe/other countries) is there. If people would have a wider choice of models (city car/wagon/SUV/cross over) much more people would already swop to an BEV already by today. But the fact there is no station wagon available as BEV is the proof that OEM's dont really want to sell BEV's. Europe would be a huge market for a wagon BEV