24% of new car sales in the Netherlands are now electric!
Stellantis shines in June as new car sales in the Netherlands increasingly go electric
In the context of a continuously falling overall car market, which declined by 10% year-on-year (YoY) in June, the Dutch plug-in vehicle (PEV) market has nonetheless continued to grow, reaching 34% last month. That’s largely thanks to pure electric mobility (24% of all new car sales), which grew 23% YoY last month. Plugin hybrids (PHEVs) had their first drop since November 2019 to just 2,849 units, which could mean the Netherlands could be on the cusp Top PHEV. … Overall, the YTD market share for plug-in vehicles was stable at 31% (19% BEV).
The Peugeot e-208 EV won the bestseller race in June, with a record 576 registrations last month, meaning it contributed 38% of the French hatchback’s total sales in the standings. In fact, the model won the bestseller trophy in the overall market, by a margin of 474 units over the #2 Opel Corsa (another Stellantis model). So the e-208 earned 38% of this trophy.
The multinational conglomerate actually had a historic feat in the Netherlands last month when it took ownership all three podiums (#1 Peugeot 208; #2 Opel Corsa; #3 Peugeot 2008). It also had two other models in the top 10 overall (Citroen C4 and Peugeot 308).
This amazing score was replicated in the plugin chart, with three Stellantis models in the top 4 (#1 Peugeot e-208 EV; #2 Citroen e-C4 EV; #4 Peugeot e-2008 EV) and three more in the Top 20 (Opel Corsa EV; Citroen e-SpaceTourer; Fiat 500e). Three of these six models (Peugeot e-208 EV; Citroen e-C4 EV; Citroen e-SpaceTourer) achieved record figures in June.
We complete the June podium with the Skoda Enyaq in 3rd place with 408 entries. We should also highlight the 326 deliveries of the Tesla Model Y, which allows it to reach the No. 5 position.
Record breaking results weren’t exclusive to Stellantis though – a few other models achieved personal bests. The #11 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV had a record 202 registrations, making it the best-selling PHEV on the table. The fact that the Japanese crossover was the best-selling PHEV at only #11 says a lot about the current BEV takeover. Added to this is this year’s Lynk & Co 01 PHEV king of the hill in the PHEV category, last month was only 18th (165 registrations). That was the worst result in 11 months…. The two models are the only plug-in hybrids in the top 20 table.
Another model to set a record score was the BMW i4, which ended the month in 14th place with a record 194 deliveries and confirmed its slow ramp-up continues. The Dacia Spring finished 12th with a record 202 registrations, its second consecutive record result in Dutch countries.
Also worth mentioning are the Renault Zoe and the MG eZS EV from SAIC, each with 163 registrations in 19th place.
Outside of the top 20, highlighting Stellantis’ good month, June saw 151 registrations for the Opel Mokka EV, ending just 12 units behind one place in the table. The Tesla Model 3 was also close to a place in the top 20, ending the month with 149 registrations.
The much-anticipated Mercedes EQE had its third month on the market, scoring 82 registrations, improving on the previous month’s 37 and bringing it closer to the current class leaders – the Audi e-tron (102 units in June) and the BMW iX (122). Also interesting is the fact that the EQE was the best-selling Mercedes plugin in June – which on the one hand underlines the importance of the model for the brand, but on the other asks why the much cheaper and more complete ramped-up EQA and EQB can match their just-arriving EQE- Don’t hit siblings…
Looking ahead to the 2022 ranking, the Skoda Enyaq has gained a valuable advantage over the Lynk & Co 01 PHEV, thanks largely to the Chinese model’s slow month, with 350 units now separating the two.
In the race for 3rd place, the Peugeot e-208 jumped from 6th to 3rd place thanks to its record monthly ranking. It outperformed the currently available Kia Niro EV discontinued mode and await the new generation, as well as the Volvo XC40 PHEV, which is suffering from headwinds from the current BEV adoption, and the Audi Q4 e-tron, which may still be limited in production.
But the two ‘Movers of the Month’ were further down, with the Citroen e-C4 moving up 8 positions to 9th and the Peugeot e-2008 doing even better, climbing from 20th to 11th in just one month.
In the second half of the table, the Polestar 2 improved by two positions to 13th place, while the Tesla Model Y threw the BMW 3300e off the table. The Model Y is now #18, ahead of the #19 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and #20 Volvo XC40 BEV. However, both models need to be careful as the #21 Cupra Born (666 units) and #22 Opel Corsa EV (619 units) are awfully close and could overtake them at any moment.
With the BMW 330e now off the table, we’re left with four PHEV reps on the YTD chart, one more than last year’s bottom line. In this case, that’s the #12 Volvo XC60 PHEV, which by the way is also most likely to leave the table by the end of the year, leaving the PHEVs with the same representatives they had in 2021 (Lynk & Co 01 PHEV, Volvo XC40 PHEV and Ford Kuga PHEV).
In the manufacturer ranking PHEV-heavy Volvo took a beating (9.5%, stock up 1.9%) and suffered BEV takeover, but still has runner-up BMW behind them (9.1%). However, one wonders how long if you’re losing shares at this rate…
Meanwhile, a stable Kia (8.9%, vs. 8.8%) sits comfortably in last place on the podium, waiting to see what happens to the two up front.
Away from the podium, Peugeot are on the right track, gaining a 0.8% share to 7.6% in the last month, beating #5 Skoda (6.3%, down 0.5%). It is now attempting to reach a higher level.
The Volkswagen Group (19.9%, down 0.9%) is still in the lead among OEMs, but now has to look behind because a all cannons are blazing Stellantis is the new runner-up after its share rose 2.7% to 18.1% in just one month. Conversely, Geely-Volvo saw its share fall 2.7% in June to 16.3% as Volvo and Lynk & Co had a weak month. With PHEVs probably out of fashion for the rest of the year and no significant BEV launches for the rest of 2022, one wonders how low they will dip.
#4 Hyundai-Kia (12.7%) is stable in 4th place and is waiting to see how big it will be fall from grace will be from Geely-Volvo.
Finally, in 5th place we have the BMW Group (11.2%, down 0.3%), which is a safe distance above its arch-rival Mercedes-Benz Group. Both groups switch to a more BEV-heavy lineup.
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