Plug-in car sales continue to grow in May 2022

Passenger car sales in the Netherlands are down, as in most other European markets. In May, new listings were down 7% year-over-year.

However, when it comes to plug-in electric cars, we can see that so far this year sales have been increasing every month. According Volumes EV’ data shared by Jose Pontes, last month about 7,620 new plug-ins were registered. We estimate the growth rate to be around 27% year over year.

The market share reached an impressive 32%, including 21% for all-electric cars, or more than one in five new cars. BEVs are the main growth force right now, up 48% year-over-year.

New plug-in car registrations:

  • BEV: around *5,000 and 21% share
  • PHEV: around *2,620 and 11% share
  • Total: 7,620 (32% share)

*estimated from market share

So far this year, more than 37,000 plug-in electric cars have been registered in the Netherlands, representing 31% of the market.

New plug-in car registrations since the beginning of the year:

  • BEV: around *21,990 and 18% share
  • PHEV: around *15,880 and 13% share
  • Total: 37,873 (31% share)

*estimated from market share

The Dutch market is very specific with often an unusual composition of the top-selling plugin compared to many other markets. In May, the three best-selling models (over 500 units) were the Chinese Lynk & Co 01 PHEV, Skoda Enyaq iV and Peugeot e-208.

Year-to-date, the Skoda Enyaq iV is still No. 1, but its advantage over the Lynk & Co 01 PHEV is just over 100 units. The race for third place is also quite tight with the Volvo XC40 PHEV some 200 units ahead of the Kia Niro EV.

Top 10 from last month:

  1. Lynk & Co 01 PHEV-553
  2. Skoda Enyaq iV-523
  3. Peugeot e-208-507
  4. Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) – 382
  5. Ford Kuga PHEV-280
  6. Kia EV6-246
  7. Audi Q4 e-tron-242
  8. Volvo XC40 PHEV-202
  9. BMW iX3-190
  10. Citroen e-C4-184

Top 10 since the beginning of the year:

  1. Skoda Enyaq iV-2302
  2. Lynk & Co 01 PHEV – 2,196
  3. Volvo XC40 PHEV – 1,664
  4. Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) – 1,463
  5. Audi Q4 e-tron – 1,229
  6. Peugeot e-208 – 1385
  7. Kia EV6 – 1,141
  8. Electric Fiat 500 – 1,136
  9. Ford Kuga PHEV-865
  10. Volvo XC60 PHEV-840

In the case of plug-in car brands since the beginning of the year, the main ones are Volvo (11.4%), BMW (9.1%), Kia (8.8%), Skoda (6.8%) , Peugeot (6.8%) and Skoda (also 6.8%).

Among automotive groups, those with the highest number of registrations are the Volkswagen group (20.8%) and Geely-Volvo (including Lynk & Co and Polestar) with 19%. Third is Stellantis (15.4%), followed by Hyundai-Kia (12.7%) and BMW Group (11.5%).

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