Electric vehicle sales in Germany skyrocketed 13.6% in 2021, despite a global slowdown in auto sales owing to the crunch in computer chip supplies, as more car buyers opt for battery electric vehicles.
According to data from the KBA motor authority, electric vehicle (EV) makers sold over 680,000 new passenger cars (BEVs and PHEVs) in Germany in 2021, up from 194,163 units in 2020, and 63,281 units in 2019. EV sales in the country soared to new heights in 2021, with more than 355,900 battery-electric cars being registered – representing an 83.3% change in Y-o-Y sales and at a 13.6% market share.
In December alone, the Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling plug-in electric vehicle with over 6,090 models being registered, according to new passenger vehicle registration data released by the KBA. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range dual-motor model promises you an acceleration of 0 – 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. The model begins starts at €40,000, while the Tesla Model 3 Performance which delivers the same acceleration in 3.1 seconds, starts at €55,000.
The Volkswagen e-Up! was the second best-selling EV in Germany with 5,343 registrations, while the Renault Zoe on the other hand slipped from the second position to only third, selling only 5,571 units in December. The VW e-Up! starts at €21,500 and promises up to 100 km of range and an acceleration of 0 – 100 km/h in 12.4 seconds.
In terms of total sales for EVs in 2021, the all-electric Tesla Model 3, grabbed pole position, shipping 35,262 units—down from 15,202 units sold in the year before. Meanwhile Volkswagen e-Up! and Volkswagen ID.3 came in the second and third spot, selling an estimated 30,797 models and 26,693 cars, respectively. The Volkswagen ID.3 starts at €30,000 and gives you 346 km of range and 159 km/h top speed.
Renault Zoe and Smart Fortwo EQ sold 24,736 units and 17,410 cars respectively, rounding off the top five in the 2021 ranking.
The starting price of Renault Zoe ranges between €32,000 and €34,000, while that of Smart Fortwo EQ, starts at €22,000.
The Hyundai Kona Electric came in the 6th position with 17,240 deliveries, whereas the Volkswagen ID.4 came in the 8th position, selling 12,734 units behind 13,026 units of Skoda Enyaq iV sold out during 2021. The Fiat 500 electric and BMW i3 rounded off the top ten with 12,516 and 12,181 units of sales, respectively.
Electric vehicles took a record market share of about 26%. This amazing electric car market share was helped by big government and manufacturer incentives for zero-emission vehicles. This allowed automakers to build and sell greener cars to compensate for the stringent European Union emission laws that resulted in hefty fines.
Sales of electric cars in Germany also remain strong because more electric car models and charging infrastructures are becoming available. For instance, Tesla currently boasts more than 1,000 charging stations in Germany and is planning to allow other EV manufacturers to use its Superchargers, according to Germany’s Minister of Transportation Andreas Scheuer.
However, the most surprising thing about these record electric car sales and market share gains is that 2022 electric car sales should blow them out of the water. This is because Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin is expected to begin Model Y deliveries in a few weeks. As competition in Germany’s electric vehicle market is set to heat up further this year, it remains to be seen if the Model 3 will retain its crown as the best-selling EV in the country or if the upcoming Model Y will take it over.