In 2018, 5.4 percent of cars sold in the Netherlands were fully electric




RAI Vereniging and Bovag report on the basis of figures from the data company RDC that of all newly registered cars in 2018, 5.4 percent will be fully electrically powered. These are cars without a combustion engine with only batteries or cars that run on hydrogen.

In total, 24,024 fully electric cars were registered in the Netherlands in 2018. That number was not so high before and is a tripling compared to 2017; when 7964 fully electric cars were registered. The Bovag and RAI Association expect that in 2019 the total number of registered fully electric cars will be 28,000.

Especially in December, relatively many fully electric cars were registered: a total of 6081. That number was 30.4 percent of all cars sold in that month. This upswing in December is closely related to changed fiscal taxation rules. These stipulate that business drivers will only have the first 50,000 euros from 1 January with a low additional tax rate of 4% for private use. A rate of 22 percent applies above 50,000.

This 30.4 percent is mainly formed by more expensive models such as the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla models. These more expensive models are less attractive because of the changed tax rules in 2019, which according to Bovag and RAI Association contribute to the prediction that the total number of registrations of fully electric cars will reach 28,000 for the whole of 2019, which is not a very large increase compared to of 2018. This expected flattening growth for 2019 is also caused by increasing supply uncertainty. For example, there is a proper waiting list for the 64kWh battery version of the Kia e-Niro; people who ordered the vehicle last year must still wait until the end of 2019.

According to RDC figures, there are now 48,767 fully electric cars in the Netherlands, compared to 23,613 in 2017. According to the organizations, this increase is due to popular models such as the new e-Golf, the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf and the Hyundai Ioniq. But the aforementioned changed tax rules also contributed to this.

Tesla’s still make a difference when it comes to the share in the fleet of electric cars. Of the 24,024 registered electric cars from 2018, 23.5 per cent was a Model S and 12.4 per cent a Model X. The Jaguar I-Pace accounted for 14.6 per cent, followed by the Nissan Leaf with 14 per cent and the Volkswagen e -Golf with 9.3 percent.


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