Ten best-selling electric cars in 2020 in Germany

The number of registered electric cars rose significantly in July. Which models particularly benefit from the higher purchase premium.

The gas station of tomorrow – (photo by VW)

With the increased purchase premium, the demand for electric cars is booming in Germany. In July alone, the number of newly registered battery-electric vehicles increased by a whopping 181.7 percent to around 17,000 vehicles, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority in its latest statistics. Which manufacturers could particularly benefit from the electric boom – and which not.

10. Mini Cooper SE

1,560 registrations from January to July 2020.

Mini Cooper SE

The electric mini is anything but a bargain. At 31,700 euros, it is almost twice as expensive as the entry-level combustion engine. However, the high purchase premium makes the electric mini very attractive on one. In July the registration numbers skyrocketed. The model was sold 687 times in the past month alone – displacing the Porsche Taycan from the top ten. With 184 hp and an acceleration of 7.3 seconds, the model should lead the classic British brand into the electric future.

9. Skoda Citigo e iV

2,007 registrations from January to July 2020.

Skoda Citigo e iV

The little electric car from the Czech Republic is, like its group brothers, actually a discontinued model. But of the very small electric cars in the VW area, it still has the shortest delivery time. In leasing in particular, the small electric car has recently become a bargain thanks to the environmental bonus. In July, registrations rose by 650 vehicles – even though other electric cars have long been about to start at Skoda.

8. Smart Fortwo

3,079 registrations from January to July 2020.

The future of the small cars from Daimler is electric. In the future, the small electric vehicles will be built in China. In July, the small electric cars were a real box-office hit. 1209 new registrations in Germany speak for themselves.

7. BMW i3

3,339 registrations from January to July 2020.

BMW i3

The electric BMW has no successor. Instead, BMW will in future rely on models that can be built with all types of drive. At its premiere, the i3 was still considered a true pioneer. But the car, whose shell is made of carbon, was never a profit maker for Bayern. Nevertheless, the model recently gained popularity with customers. 812 copies were registered in July.

6. Hyundai Kona Electric

3,686 registrations from January to July 2020.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Koreans currently have a decisive advantage in electromobility. Production for the Kona is already running at full speed in the Czech plant. Compared to the competition, the Kona not only has a relatively low price, but also a very short delivery time – a significant advantage in order to benefit from the lower VAT. If you take the July figures alone, the Kona even ranks third in Germany with 1,688 registered vehicles.

5. Audi e-tron quattro

3889 registrations from January to July 2020.

Audi e-tron 55 quattro

Internationally, the electric SUV has even overtaken Tesla’s Model X. On the home market, the upper-class model can measure up to its smaller competitors in terms of volume. With a starting price of around 67,300 euros, the E-Tron is by far the most expensive model in the top ten – and still a bestseller.

4. Volkswagen e-up!

4,387 approvals from January to July 2020.

Volkswagen e-up!

The Up has long been an old acquaintance in German city centers. Nursing services and pizza delivery companies in particular swear by the small car. As an electric version, it was long in the niche. That was done with the higher purchase premium. In July the registration numbers exploded to 1,344 copies. Anyone who orders an electric Up today has to wait eleven months.

3. Tesla Model 3

4,521 approvals from January to July 2020.

Tesla Model 3

The middle class model of the Californians has to cope with the greatest fluctuations in sales. While everyone else was able to sell more electric cars, just 154 copies were registered in Germany. That should have something to do with the corona crisis and the long delivery times. All Tesla models sold in Germany must be imported from the USA. That should change with the production of the Model Y in the new Gigafactory in Grünheide at the latest.

2. Renault Zoe

9,917 registrations from January to July 2020.

Renault Zoe

The little Frenchwoman has dominated the electronics market in Germany for years and just barely missed the top in the first seven months. With the purchase premium, the Franzosenstromer is currently offered at a particularly low price, sometimes even for tradespeople for 0 euros a month. No wonder the approvals picked up significantly in July. 2851 vehicles were newly registered. More than any other model.

1. VW E-Golf

9,953 registrations from January to July 2020.

VW E-Golf

Just a little bit at the top – as with the combustion engines, the Golf. However, the electric version is now also being phased out. It will be replaced in the coming months by the ID.3, which with 104 approvals had just begun in July. VW is therefore advertising the electric Golf with high discounts, which currently still brings it top position.

Top Losers

Loser 1: Mercedes EQC

775 registrations from January to July 2020.

Mercedes EQC

The electric Benz has not yet had too many fans in its home market. From March to May the registration numbers were in double digits. In July, the EQC was able to recover a little: There are 295 new registrations on the books. However, there is still room for improvement in Stuttgart. Mercedes is currently promoting the model with an all-inclusive offer: For 799 euros a month, you can rent the model including insurance and maintenance from Mercedes dealers.

Loser 2: Tesla Model X and Model S

Tesla Model X

Both upper-class models from the Californians are at best a marginal note in the German registration statistics. The Model S had a slim 427 new registrations from January to July, the Model X 358. It seems as if Elon Musk’s self-confident high-price strategy has not worked out in Germany – and the Germans are currently opting for the domestic models.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com

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