The Battle for Germany’s EV Market, Half II — Tesla Mannequin 3 Referred to as for Obligation


The general German auto market had a optimistic month in February (+3% yr over yr), with BEVs being the spotlight (+15% YoY). There have been 32,475 BEV registrations final month, 16% of the general market. That pulled the market up, fairly completely different from diesel (-7%) and particularly PHEVs (-45%!), the latter of which at the moment are affected by the tip of federal incentives. Within the month, PHEVs had 11,916 registrations, or 5.8% of the overall market. Mainly, BEVs have gotten the bread and butter of this market, one thing unthinkable not that way back.

February’s 22% share pulled the year-to-date rating to 19% (13% BEV), so a 30% outcome by yr finish appears attainable.

The 20 Prime Promoting Electrical Autos in Germany — February 2023

Tesla had one other nice month, with the Mannequin Y successful the February greatest vendor title with none shadow of a doubt, with 6,442 registrations, and even permitting it to finish the month in 2nd general. On the broader auto market, the Mannequin Y solely trailed the VW Golf. The shock was the Mannequin 3 scoring 1,239 registrations, in an off-peak month, permitting it to finish the month in fifth. That’s a meritable efficiency from a mannequin presently affected by the black gap impact of the Tesla Mannequin Y.

20 Top Selling Electric Vehicles in Germany February 2023 Chart


In one other signal of the disruptive and historic instances we live in, there may be just one PHEV mannequin within the desk — the Mercedes C-Class PHEV exhibiting up in #9. Not coincidentally, it is among the few good greatest PHEVs current on the European market.

However Volkswagen Group has additionally began the yr at full velocity, inserting three fashions within the prime 5 and 6 representatives within the first 13 positions. Amongst them, the spotlight is as soon as once more the “new” Audi Q8 e-tron, with the large, fats SUV ending the month in 4th, with 1,343 registrations. If the Mannequin Y is drying up the competitors within the midsize class, the Audi is doing the identical within the full dimension one.

The second half of the desk had a number of overseas fashions shining, particularly these coming from Asia, like Hyundai, which positioned three representatives within the decrease half of the desk. The spotlight was the #20 spot of the brand new Ioniq 6, which obtained 581 registrations in its first quantity month. The streamlined (and Porsche impressed…) sedan was the third musketeer of the model, together with the veteran Kona EV (sixteenth) and retro-futuristic Ioniq 5 (eleventh).

One other signal of the disruption period we live is the truth that the multi-talented MG 4 hatchback confirmed up for the primary time among the many greatest sellers in Germany, with a report 776 registrations, permitting it to be #15. And in contrast to different mannequin appearances, this doesn’t look to be a fluke. SAIC’s dragon slayer is right here to remain. The sharp, angular EV is now essentially the most aggressive compact mannequin available on the market, and a golden normal for current, and future, compact EVs.

It’s additionally fascinating to see that 12 fashions out of those prime 20 had been overseas fashions. I ponder what Volker Wissing has to say about this….

20 Top Selling Electric Vehicles in Germany February 2023 Table

Exterior the highest 20, we’ve the VW ID.5 (527 registrations) near a prime 20 place. One of the best promoting BMW, the not too long ago launched iX1, wasn’t fairly capable of safe a prime 20 place, ending the month in #21. The compact crossover is presently BMW’s essential hope for a desk place, as a result of its smaller EV doesn’t endure from being near black holes like its older siblings do (Tesla Mannequin Y within the case of the i4 and iX3, and Audi Q8 e-tron, within the case of the iX).

Highlighting the nice second Asian OEMs are having, even Toyota had causes to rejoice, with its bZ4X SUV scoring a report 464 registrations. Will we see Toyota’s first actual effort at a BEV becoming a member of the desk quickly?

The 20 Prime Promoting Electrical Autos in Germany — January–February 2023

Relating to the 2023 desk, the Tesla Mannequin Y is effectively above everybody else, tripling the gross sales of the brand new runner-up, the VW ID.3, which jumped from 4th to 2nd final month. With the Tesla Mannequin 3 already in sixth, and possibly benefitting from a peak efficiency in March, we would see Tesla successful 1st and 2nd in Germany by the tip of the quarter.

20 Top Selling Electric Vehicles in Germany January-February 2023 Chart

Nonetheless, Volkswagen Group can be taking part in to its strengths, inserting 4 fashions within the prime 5 positions, together with a buoyant Audi Q8 e-tron in third! In whole, there are 8 Volkswagen Group fashions within the prime 20, together with the six-figure Porsche Taycan in #18. So, whereas Tesla is making one of the best use of its star gamers, the German OEM is taking advantage of a protracted (and powerful) lineup of group gamers.

20 Top Selling Electric Vehicles in Germany January-February 2023 Table

However, whereas Volkswagen Group is defending the marbles in its home market, and Mercedes additionally positioned three fashions within the prime 20 (or 4 if we rely the Sensible Fortwo EV), together with the one PHEV on the desk (#11 Mercedes C-Class PHEV), the opposite German manufacturers … are lacking in motion.

Whereas Opel has the excuse of its BEVs transitioning to the brand new Stellantis BEV powertrain, the explanation why BMW doesn’t have one mannequin on the desk … is sophisticated. There’s the tip of PHEV incentives, which created an enormous hangover within the PHEV portion of the market. Additional, midsize and full dimension BEV fashions are dropping gross sales to extra engaging fashions. And the compact iX1 continues to be in ramp-up mode. This final one is definitely BMW’s greatest hope at having a mannequin within the prime 20. Will we see it rise to the event in March?

However again to the YTD desk, a yr in the past, we had six PHEVs within the desk, whereas now the tally is decreased to 1. #Incentivesmatter

Auto Manufacturers Promoting the Most Electrical Autos in Germany

Auto Brands Selling the Most Electric Vehicles in Germany

Within the model rating, shock chief Tesla (17.3%, up from 17.1%) elevated its lead over #2 Volkswagen, which was down from 13.4% to 12.6%.

#3 Mercedes had a optimistic month, rising from 11.5% to 11.9% in February. The three-pointed-star model might begin fascinated by placing stress on runner-up Volkswagen quickly. Off the rostrum, #4 Audi (9.1%) misplaced contact with Mercedes, however it’s considerably forward of fifth positioned BMW (5.7%).

Apparently, if we take out chief Tesla from the equation, the highest 4 positions within the plugin rating completely mirror the highest 4 sellers within the general market, highlighting the truth that the plugin and the general market proceed to merge. (Tesla is the eighth greatest promoting model within the general rating.)

Auto Teams Promoting the Most Electrical Autos in Germany

Auto Groups Selling the Most Electric Vehicles in Germany

Trying on the rankings by OEM, Volkswagen Group has its home market effectively in hand, with 32% share, adopted at a distance by Tesla (17.3%) and Mercedes-Benz (14.1%).

Stellantis is 4th, with 8.9%, rising from 6.8% in January, adopted from a protected distance by #5 BMW Group (7.7%, up from 6.4%).

Beneath them, #6 Hyundai–Kia (5.5%) and #7 Geely–Volvo (4.9%) await a chance to climb into the highest 5.

See all of our earlier Germany EV gross sales reviews.

Additionally see different EV gross sales reviews on CleanTechnica.


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