Nearly a third of vehicles sold in the Netherlands in 2023 were electric

In 2023, the Netherlands had an electric car share of around 31 per cent of new car registrations. Including hybrids, more than two-thirds of the cars sold had an electrified drive system. The best-selling model was the Tesla Model Y.

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According to official figures from the RAI Association, the dealer association BOVAG and the management consultancy RDC, pure electric cars accounted for 30.8 per cent of new car registrations in the Netherlands last year. Hybrids achieved a market share of 37.1 per cent, whereby no distinction is made between plug-in and full hybrids. Pure petrol cars were on the same level as BEVs at 30.4 per cent. Diesel cars only accounted for 1.1 per cent in 2023.

Compared to 2022, the BEV share represents an increase of 7.5 per cent. In the previous year, electric cars accounted for 23.5 per cent of new sales. According to the RAI Association and BOVAG, subsidies and tax incentives in the Netherlands have played a major role in the growing importance of all-electric cars. The incentives are currently due to expire in 2025.

The total Dutch passenger car market grew by 19 per cent to 369,791 units in 2023. December was comparatively weak with 26,577 new registrations (-14 per cent YoY). According to the initiators of the statistics, the growth in the overall market is “largely due to a catch-up effect of postponed deliveries from 2022”. After a race to catch up in the first few months of the year, the market normalised towards the end of the year.

The most registered brand in the Netherlands in 2023 was Volkswagen. However, the best-selling model across all drive types was the Tesla Model Y. A closer look at the 2023 statistics reveals that Volkswagen (34,958 registrations with a market share of 9.5 per cent) is just ahead of Kia (33,504 registrations, 9.1 per cent) in the brand ranking. Toyota (25,576 registrations, 6.9 per cent), BMW (20,529 registrations, 5.6 per cent) and Skoda (20,498 registrations, 5.5 per cent) follow at some distance. Tesla does not appear in the top 5.

In terms of the most registered models, the Tesla Model Y leads the statistics with 13,758 registrations and a market share of 3.7 per cent. It is followed by the Kia Picanto (10,530 registrations, 2.8 per cent), the Peugeot 208 (9,007 registrations, 2.4 per cent), the Volvo XC40 (8,323 registrations, 2.3 per cent) and the Kia Niro (7,412 registrations, 2.0 per cent). Some of these models are vehicles that are offered on the market in different drive variants (including with an electric motor).

However, a ranking of the most frequently registered electric car models in 2023 is also available. Behind the Tesla Model Y with a market share of 12.1 per cent in the electric-specific market are the Volvo XC40 (6,342 registrations, 5.6 per cent), the Peugeot 208 (5,584 registrations, 4.9 per cent), the Tesla Model 3 (5,058 registrations, 4.4 per cent) and the Skoda Enyaq (4,715 registrations, 4.1 per cent). (in Dutch)


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