The proportion of electric cars in the German automotive market is increasing, with electric cars (including plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles) accounting for 55.4% of the passenger car sales in the month. Pure electric vehicles account for one-third (33.2%) of the total, while Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) account for one-fifth (22.2%). Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) account for 12.8%, and sales of pure internal combustion engine cars account for less than one-third (31.8%).
The total sales volume of the German automotive market in December was 314,318 vehicles, an increase of about 38% compared to December 2021. The total sales volume of the German automotive market in 2022 reached 2.65 million vehicles, an increase of only 1.1% compared to 2021. In December, the best-selling car (of any type) was the Tesla Model 3, with sales of 9,566 vehicles.
In December, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles together accounted for 55.4% of the German automotive market, setting a new record and higher than the same period last year at 35.7%. Under the sub-items, pure electric vehicles accounted for 21.3% of the German market in December last year, and this year it increased to 33.2%; plug-in hybrids accounted for 14.4% of the market share last December, and this year it increased to 22.3%.
In terms of quantity, the German market registered a total of 104,325 pure electric vehicles in December, setting a new record (58,000 vehicles were sold last month), more than twice the quantity sold in December 2021. PHEVs also increased by more than double, reaching 40,259 vehicles. Among pure electric vehicles, Tesla Model 3/Y became the best-selling electric car, with Volkswagen ID series following closely behind.
The market share of electric vehicles in Germany reached 31.4% throughout 2022, higher than 26% in 2021. Throughout 2022, the total sales volume of pure electric vehicles in Germany reached 470,592 vehicles. Compared with the whole year of 2021, the sales volume increased by 32.2%.
The market share of pure internal combustion engine cars fell below one-third for the first time in history, with diesel vehicles dropping to 10.8%.
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