Published on June 6th, 2021 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Electric Vehicles And PHEV Sales Up In Germany For May 2021
With better government incentives for PHEV and sexier new models to choose from.
Until a couple of years ago, there was just Renault, Nissan and Tesla that provided electric vehicles (EV) for sale in Germany and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options were widely available across almost all brands from Germany, Japan and Sweden. However, PHEV’s were always priced higher over petrol engine models and EV’s were given high incentives as they actually provided better options for emission free driving.
Only in Malaysia, yes we are the only country in the world that gives very high tax benefits to PHEV’s and this is why BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Volvo PHEV’s sell very well and EV’s are not selling well in Malaysia despite a lot of branding and public awareness.
Meanwhile, it is German car buyers that are now seeing a need to move towards PHEV’s because of restrictions coming from many cities on the allowance of only PHEV’s and EV’s in city centers and higher emission rules.
Sales of plug-in hybrid and full-electric cars helped to boost German vehicle sales in May, according to figures from theKBA federal motor transport authority.
About 26,800 passenger cars with battery-electric drivetrains were newly registered, up 380 percent, and around 27,200 new plug-in hybrids, up 300 percent, were sold, the KBA said in a statement last Thursday.
A total of 230,635 new passenger cars were registered in Germany during the month, up 37 percent from May 2020, when the market fell by nearly half from May 2019 due to the pandemic.
Smart and Seat showed the biggest sales increases, up 481 percent and 113 percent respectively. Mini had a good month, with registrations up 92 percent. BMW brand was up 92 percent.
Among other brands with big increases were Skoda and Kia, both up 56 percent; VW, up 53 percent; Hyundai, up 51 percent; Opel, up 42 percent; and Toyota up 39 percent.
The biggest monthly losers were Honda, with sales down 27 percent; Jaguar, down 23 percent; Mitsubishi, down 15 percent; and Mercedes-Benz, down 15 percent.
Almost a quarter of new registrations were vehicles from the SUV segment, while the compact class accounted for 17.4 percent of sales.
Gasoline engines remained the most common fuel type, accounting for 37.7 percent of registrations, up 1.1 percent, followed by diesels, which accounted for 22.3 percent, down 3.3 percent from the same month last year. Plug-in hybrids had an 11.8 percent share and full EVs had an 11.6 percent share.
Despite the improvement, the VDIK importers association, said the market for private vehicles remains nearly 30 percent below the long-term average.
“The high growth rates should still not hide the fact that the passenger car market is still noticeably weakening,” Reinhard Zirpel, president of the VDIK, said in a statement. “Since the beginning of the year, the volume of new registrations has remained 16 percent below the long-term average.”
Zirpel said falling coronavirus incidence figures and the spatial conditions afforded by dealership layouts justify nationwide opening steps. His comments echoed those made by ZDK president Juergen Karpinski in March, who said showrooms are safe places to conduct business.
“Thousands of family-run dealerships are in immediate danger of going bankrupt,” he told Automotive News Europe. “They are paying the running costs of keeping the lights on, even though the dealerships are closed.”
German market registrations were up 13 percent to 1.12 million in the first five months.