Germany registers 61 percent higher PEV Sales in April; Kia Soul EV Rules
Germany has registered impressive 61 percent increase in plug-in electric vehicle sales during April 2018 compared to the same period last year. The sale of diesel vehicles has decreased by 13 percent compared to last year and 19 percent increase in gasoline-powered vehicles has been registered during April 2018. Due to low-base, fully electric vehicles registered 124 percent increase in sales. Hybrid-vehicles registered 70 percent increase while plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) registered 21 percent growth.
Kia Soul EV (721 units) ruled the sales chart during April 2018, followed by BMW i3 (491 units) and Volkswagen e-Golf (456 units). Renault Zoe sold 422 units in April, followed by Mercedes E350e at 316 units.
German automobile companies have finally decided to embrace electric vehicles and have announced major investments in upcoming vehicles and technology. Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are working on various segments in electric vehicles market and we can expect strong offering in coming years. Tesla registered a decline in sales in Germany and the company managed to sell only 71 Model S vehicles during April (year to date 544 vehicles).
For the year till date, Smart Fortwo ED sold 1,947 units, followed by VW e-Golf (1,905 units), Renault Zoe (1,719 units), Kia Soul EV (1,668 units), BMW i3 (1,620 units), Volkswagen Golf GTE (1,113 units) and VW Passat GTE (1,066).
In hybrid vehicles segment, Toyota ruled the sales chart with 1,230 units of Toyota C-HR Hybrid, 1,102 units of Toyota Yaris Hybrid and 906 units of Toyota Auris Hybrid.
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