Netherlands: EV sales more than double in January
Sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars have been on the up in the Netherlands this January. Compared to the same month last year, PEV sales grew by 126 percent overall, with sales of all-electric cars undergoing a massive recovery.
Pure EV sales saw an increase by 182 percent this January after previous months had uncovered a tendency for plug-in hybrids among Dutch buyers. Those times appear to be over with PHEV growing by just 16 percent in January 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.
A total of 1,620 registrations of plug-ins mean they held a 2.7% share of the Dutch car market last month, EV-sales reports.
For all electric cars, Volkwagen’s e-Golf proves the bestseller with 506 units. Overall, 23% of all VW Golf sales are actually now made through the BEV version. Next up on the top selling EV list is the Hyundai Ioniq electric with 320 sales. It is followed somewhat surprisingly by the Opel Ampera-e that sold 154 times. It’s closest competitor is from Germany as well as the BMW i3 convinced 131 buyers in the Netherlands.
Rank 5 is taken by the best-selling PHEV, Volvo’s XC60 in this case that sold 87 times. The Porsche Panamera PHEV had 59 sales, its best result in four years and placing it on number 7. Plug-in hybrid sales are decreasing since the Dutch government cut the company car incentives for those “bridgers”.
Those numbers also confirm what Professor Maarten Steinbuch from the TU/e had predicted on our interview couch at the EVS30: compact electric cars hitting the market would drive EV sales considerably.