Plug-in car sales grow over 300% year-over-year in May 2021 in Germany

Plug-in car sales grow over 300% year-over-year in May 2021 in Germany

The number of plug-in car registrations in Germany in the month of May 2021 grew more than 300 per cent year-over-year, making the segment to represent nearly a quarter of the entire market.

According to newly released stats, new passenger car registrations in the German market reached 230,000, up 37 per cent from the corresponding month of last year. The biggest change happened in the passenger plug-in segment of the automobile market. The number of plug-in car registrations grew 338 per cent year-over-year to more than 54,000. It means that roughly one in four new passenger cars sold in the country was a plug-in vehicle.

A deeper analysis of the data also revealed that all-electric cars expanded faster than plug-in hybrid cars, thanks to consumers’ increasing inclination towards electrified vehicles. In the segment of BEVs, automakers sold 26,786 units, up 380 per cent from the corresponding period of last year. The segment of PHEVs grew 303 per cent to 27,222 units. In terms of market share, BEVs and PHEVs grew to 11.6 per cent and 11.8 per cent, respectively. In total, 54,008 electric cars were sold in the country in the month under review.

Year-to-date (YTD), the total number of new passenger plug-in cars registered in Germany jumped to more than 247,000 units, which represents a growth of 209 per cent from May 2020. Segment-wise, new registrations of BEVs and PHEVs grew to 115,296 units and 132,257 units, representing growth of 219 and 241 per cent, respectively.

When it comes to brands/models, Volkswagen once again emerged as the seller with the highest number of plug-in electric car sales. It sold more than 10,000 plug-in vehicles in the country in the month under review. German brands Audi, BMW, and Mercedes emerged at the second, third and fourth positions.

Volkswagen sold a total of 10,686 units (6,383 BEVs and 4,303 PHEVs), while Audi, BMW and Mercedes sold 4,641 units (1,017 BEVs and 3,624 PHEVs), 4,112 units (1,240 BEVs and 2,872 PHEVs) and 4,016 units (590 BEVs and 3,426 PHEVs), respectively.

SEAT sold 3,469 units (450 BEVs and 3,019 PHEVs), Skoda sold 3,416 units (1,934 BEVs and 1,482 PHEVs), and Tesla sold 2,744 units, including 2,744 BEVs, in the month under review. The top-selling plug-in model was again the Volkswagen e-up electric car. It recorded 2,819 registrations. The Tesla Model 3 electric sedan scored 2,744 registrations, while the third most popular EV was Volkswagen ID.3 with 2,252 registrations.

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