Europe: Plug-in hybrids overtake electric car registrations for the first time

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Europe: Plug-in hybrids overtake electric car registrations for the first time-europe

Matthias Schmidt, automotive analyst from Berlin, gives us the possibility to take a look at the e-auto and plug-in hybrid approvals in the European market. Below we have looked at the period from January to the end of July 2020. There is a shift in the market, away from e-car registrations towards plug-in hybrid registrations. In July itself, it was possible for the part-time electric vehicle to surpass the e-car registrations for the first time.

Looking at the European electric car market (PHEV and e-cars) as a whole shows that in the first seven months of 2020 a total of 499.532 vehicles with a plug were registered. Divided into 268.802 purely electric cars and 230.730 plug-in hybrids; the biggest surge in new registrations (~ 20 percent) took place in July 2020 alone. If we look at July in detail, it turns out that 53.084 electric cars and 57.900 part-time electric vehicles were approved.

With the more PHEV registrations, electric vehicles and part-time electric vehicles are also getting closer in terms of the total number of registrations. At the end of June we looked at 215.711 purely electric cars and 164.063 PHEV registrations on Europe‘s electric car market. As early as June, Schmidt assumed that the plug-in hybrids would gain the upper hand in July. Since drivers with a company car in particular could benefit from correspondingly lower taxes compared to combustion engines. Furthermore, massive growth is expected for the second half of the year, especially in the sale of e-cars, which are to be placed on the market via corresponding leasing deals. But PHEVs also dominate. His statement was confirmed relatively quickly, as we can see from the absolute numbers.

Plug-in hybrid and e-car approvals on the manufacturer’s side

Below we look at how the share of electric cars and PHEVs behaves on the manufacturer side. Which manufacturer relies more on part-time current or full flow and look like the proportion of the total admissions of the respective manufacturer until the end of July 2020.

At the forefront is the VW Group, which is 59th.232 purely electric cars and 41.136 PHEV in the period from January to July 2020. In other words, pure electric vehicles continue to predominate with a good third of the registrations. “Plug-in vehicles” account for 6.9 percent of the total number of registrations by the VW Group. E-cars account for 4.1 percent and 2.8 percent to 2.8 percent. If you look at the entire European electric car market, the VW Group claims 20.1 percent of the “plug approvals” for itself.

It looks much more positive at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. There meet 60.744 e-cars on 17.766 part-time electric vehicles. Almost three and a half electric cars are compared to a plug-in hybrid, so to speak. Overall, it brings it to 12.8 percent share of the total registrations of their own sales. This corresponds almost to the double share such as that of the VW Group, regarded purely as a result. 9.9 percent are pure electric vehicles and 2.9 percent are part-time electric vehicles. A detailed examination shows that the majority of plug-in hybrid approvals are provided by Mitsubishi. These alone control 16.995 of the total of 17.766 PHEV in registrations. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has a 15.7 percent share of Europe‘s e-car market.

On the part of PSA, one looks at an almost balanced proportion of e-cars (30.535) compared to part-time electric vehicles (23.462) – at least compared to the first two places. These figures lead to a 6.2 percent share of plug-in vehicles in the manufacturer’s total sales. In percentage terms, this is made up of 3.5 percent e-cars and 2.7 percent PHEV. It should be noted that Peugeot in particular made its contribution with 18.846 electric cars and 13.124 partial circulation contributes to the registration numbers. This brings PSA a share of 10.8 percent on the European e-car market.

The BMW Group commutes with 12.5 percent “plug component”, with most plugs in partial electrified strometers (38.426) And not in E cars (14.Finding 937). Of course, this also speaks for the respective positioning on the market and is a clear sign for how the manufacturers want to fulfill their CO2 specifications. At the European overall market, 10.7 percent share is only a hint behind PSA. The same applies to the Hyundai Group – consisting of Hyundai and KIA – which to bring it to 10.7 percent market share. At these, the whole thing turns a little. Sets there more on Stromer (36.569) opposite PHEV (16.939).

It follows Volvo Cars – consisting of Volvo and Polestar – these were almost only Phev: 38.566 at Volvo and now 55 approvals at Polestar, which probably accounts for the Polestar 1. Furthermore, 45 pure e-car registrations were recorded at Volvo and 140 at Polestar. Incidentally, every fourth vehicle (27.2 percent) was registered with a plug. Which leads to a 7.8 percent share of the total European market.

Last but not least, we don’t want to disregard Daimler among the German manufacturers, which in smaller quantities have a similar division as the BMW Group in favor of PHEV (24.236) compared to purely electric cars (13.565). With a total share of around 10.2 percent of their own sales. And 7.6 percent when measured against the European electric car market. There is no need to say a word about Tesla’s plug-in hybrid share and the total share of plug-in vehicles in total sales. The American automobile manufacturer achieved 37th place among electric vehicles by the end of July 2020.565 approvals in Europe.

Ford currently still drives the pure PHEV rail and brings it to 14 there.390 vehicles and a share of total sales of 2.9 percent. Jaguar Land Rover presents itself more balanced, with Jaguar for the Stromer (4.163) And Land Rover for the part-time current (3.257) Responsible seems. Together, the two brands end up at 1.5 percent “plug component” at the total car heel.

By contrast, on the other hand, it is only for Saig / MG, which is 5.714 cars allowed in this area and brought it to a total share of Europe‘s e-car market of 1.1 percent. Toyota / Lexus, Honda and Fiat, Jeep and Mazda were also able to discontinue E-cars and PHEV in the market, but in such a small extent that we are currently not looking at their numbers in detail.

Mitsubishi, Ford and Volvo at PHEV models at the top

Not quite as detailed we now consider the PHEV models responsible for growth at the European electro-market. This still shows that the Mitsubishi Outlander with 16.995 units and a share of 7.4 percent of the total market is clearly at the top. By the way, unchanged for several months. This is followed by the Kuga from Ford as a part-time electric vehicle with a 5.8 percent market share, or 13.346 registered vehicles. The trio at the top is completed by the Volvo XC60 as a PHEV with a 4.6 percent share and 10.628 registered PHEV. This is followed by the Volvo XC40 (10.371) and the VW Passat with 10.628 units.

After that, the Volvo V/S60 (9.919) again a Swedish part-time Stromer. After that it’s all mixed up. The Peugeot 3008 (8th.798), BMW 3 series (8.261), the C-Class from Mercedes-Benz (6.706). This is followed by the KIA Niro as a plug-in hybrid with 6.523 Approvals, relatively close to the E-Class of Mercedes-Benz with 6.485 registered vehicles. Audi is also with the A3 PHEV (6.298) before another part-time streamer from BMW follows with the X5 (6.236). The top 15 plug-in hybrid registrations on the European electric car market are rounded off by the Skoda Superb (5th place).953) and the MINI Countryman with 5.931 registrations.

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4 thoughts on “Europe: Plug-in hybrids overtake electric car registrations for the first time”

  1. All the verbal evaluations in the fiddling with numbers are of little use without relevant context (i.e. model range, price points, availability, market shares in the “traditional” market, distribution in the segments).

  2. So Peter, logical, buy it z. currently. more people hybrid s than pure e cars. The `hybrids will then switch completely to E. As a decoy, the combustion engine hybrids are not so bad…….

  3. Surely one expects what is in the news. And what is there, should be “lipous” so that you read it. The numbers aren’t wrong. The conclusions were complex. If you are looking for an e- or plug-in car on the car market, you will find it in the plug with more versatility and short delivery times. It’s been around for about 12 years. The simple hybrid even longer. So it’s no wonder that the range of electric cars and plug-in hybrids is to the detriment of the newer electric cars. But of course there could be other reasons…


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