Estimated electric vehicle sales figures for the Netherlands during the month of June 2016 were recently unveiled on the EV Sales blog — showing that the sales drop that followed the end of plug-in hybrid sales last year has continued.
Altogether, sales are down year-on-year (YoY) by 66% compared to June 2015. Total electric vehicle sales for the month in the Netherlands were 899 units — with the share of the total market held by electric vehicles falling by 0.03% to 2.36%.
As far as individual model sales go, the Tesla Model S topped the rankings for the month, with 188 units delivered. This actually represents a year-on-year drop of 32% for the luxury sedan in the Dutch marketplace.
What’s the reason for the drop, you ask? That’s a good question. Model X buyers cannibalizing Model S sales, with an order backlog putting the delivery still several months into the future? Weakening demand?
Following the Model S, the BMW 330e took second, with a record 148 units delivered during the month. In third was the Nissan LEAF (with 88 units delivered), and in fourth was the BMW 225xe Active Tourer (with 83 units delivered). Fifth was taken by the Volkswagen Passat GTE (with 74 units delivered).
The EV Sales blog provides more, noting that, “in the YTD ranking, there were a number of significant changes, the most important of all being the recovery of the YTD Best Seller Throne by the Tesla Model S. But with only 51 units separating it from the Volvo XC90 T8, the dispute for #1 is far from over. In another good month for BMW, the 225xe Active Tourer continues to climb in the ranking, now up one position to #6, at the expenses of the Mercedes C350e, while the i3 had its best month of the year in June, with 45 units, climbing with it one place to #8 and promising more climbs as the longer-range versions arrive on Dutch shores.”
Continuing: “In an atypical year due to fiscal changes, the VW Golf GTE, runner-up last year with more than 8,000 registrations, has dropped once again in the ranking, now to #12, with only 97 units YTD, being inclusively surpassed by its all-electric brethren, the e-Golf, #10 with 104 sales…”
Notably, in the overall vehicle sales rankings (i.e., including internal combustion engine vehicles), the Tesla Model S managed to snag the second spot in its class (188 units delivered, as noted above) — behind only the BMW 5-Series (226 units delivered).