Boosted by the arrival of new government bonuses, the German market posted historic performances in July.
As the leading automotive market in Europe, Germany is beginning its transition to electric vehicles. In July, more than 35,000 electric and plug-in hybrid cars were registered across the country. Cumulatively, connected vehicles represented 11.4% of registrations in the passenger car segment. A record!
Renault ZOE and Volkswagen e-Golf lead sales
With 16,798 registrations, electrics represented 5.3% of sales on the German market in July. With a total of 2,851 units sold, the Renault ZOE comes first. Capturing 5.3% of segment sales, the diamond-shaped city car is just ahead of the Volkswagen e-Golf. While it will soon have to give way to the new ID.3, the German compact remains particularly popular and has 2,633 registrations in July.
Completing the podium, the electric Hyundai Kona finished 3rd in the standings with 1,688 units sold. Next come the Volkswagen e-Up and the Smart ForTwo ED with 1344 and 1209 units registered respectively.
On an annual basis, 61,105 electric cars have been registered on German soil since the start of the year, almost as much as in the whole of 2019 (63,281).
In the classification by model, the Volkswagen e-Golf takes the lead. With 9,953 copies sold since the start of the year, it is just ahead of the ZOE (9,917). The Tesla Model 3 completes the top three with 4,521 registrations. It is closely followed by the Volkswagen e-Up (4,387) while the Audi e-tron finished in fifth place 3,889 units sold. On the flop side, we note the meager performance of the Peugeot e-208 and the Opel Corsa-e, which have sold 236 and 860 units respectively since the start of the year.
Nearly 20,000 plug-in hybrids
In recent months, surpassing sales of all-electric models, the plug-in hybrid is also achieving historic performance. With 19,119 units sold in July, the segment captures 6.1% of the market.
Cumulatively, the segment’s results are impressive. In total, 68,390 registrations were recorded over the first 7 months of the year. A result that goes well beyond the 45,348 units sold over the whole of 2019.