Germany: number of new electric cars sold 2008-2018

There were nearly 68,000 electric cars sold in Germany in 2018. The number of electric car sales had increased in each of the years recorded, with a particularly strong growth seen in 2017, when figures more than doubled. Despite this positive development, Germany was still far behind its European neighbors in terms of overall share of plug-in electric vehicles in new registrations. Not even two percent of all cars sold in 2018 were electric cars.

Toyota Yaris most popular model

The Toyota Yaris was the leading alternatively fueled passenger car in Germany. In 2018, the Japanese automobile brand had sold 14,359 units of its Yaris model, according to a ranking by Dataforce.

Future of eMobility

Globally, electric vehicle sales have recently crossed the two million milestone, a significant jump from figures reported in 2017. However, concerns about the supply of minerals and metals needed for battery production still need to be addressed by the industry.

Annual number of new registrations for electric cars in Germany from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures were recorded on January 1 of each year.

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