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Spain December 2020 Electric Car Sales and PHEV Sales: 10% Market Share

Plug-in hybrids are up 700%.

The Cupra Leon plug-in hybrid, a sporty variant of the Seat Leon plug-in hybrid. Photo: Cupra

The wave of electrification, which resulted in a plug-in market share of 27% in Germany, 23% in the UK and 19% in France last month, affected Spain too.

10.2% of cars and SUVs sold in the country in December 2020 were plug-in electric. BEVs (all-electrics) were 4.1% (4324 units). PHEVs were 6.1% (6494 units).

Compared to the same month of the previous year, BEV sales increased 341% and PHEV sales rose 700%.

Top sellers — all-electrics, December only:

  1. Volkswagen ID.3 (587 units)
  2. Hyundai Kona Electric (578 units)
  3. Renault Zoe (428 units)
  4. Smart EQ Forfour (327 units)
  5. Tesla Model 3 (290 units)
  6. Smart EQ Fortwo (247 units)
  7. Mercedes EQV (222 units)
  8. Fiat 500e (197 units)
  9. Mini Cooper SE (142 units)
  10. Nissan Leaf (139 units)
The Volkswagen ID.3 was the best-selling all-electric car in Spain last month. Photo: Volkswagen

The top three is not that surprising, and echoes the results from Europe’s largest plug-in market, Germany.

The Renault Zoe (3rd place among all-electrics in December) was the best-selling all-electric car in Spain in 2020. Just like in Germany and France.

Notably missing from the December list is the Peugeot e-208, although strong sales in the previous months allowed it to take the 3rd place for the whole year. The Kona Electric was ranked #2, both for December and for the whole year.

The Model 3 made the top five; but in terms of units sold, its result is not much better than those previously achieved in good (end-of-quarter) months of 2019 and 2020. While the whole electric car market expanded significantly. Looks like the rising tide did not lift that particular boat.

Top sellers — plug-in hybrids, December only:

  1. Mercedes A-Class PHEV (961 units)
  2. Mercedes GLC PHEV (544 units)
  3. Mercedes GLA PHEV (483 units)
  4. Renault Captur PHEV (402 units)
  5. Peugeot 3008 PHEV (377 units)
  6. Seat Leon PHEV (333 units)
  7. Mercedes GLE PHEV (312 units)
  8. Mini Countryman PHEV (210 units)
  9. Mercedes B-Class PHEV (192 units)
  10. Mercedes CLA PHEV (190 units)
Mercedes A-Class plug-in hybrid. Photo: Alexander Migl

That’s a lot of models by Mercedes — which, by the way, was the 3rd best-selling brand in December (regardless of powertrain), outselling the domestic brand Seat (4th place). Although Seat was still the best-selling brand if you look at results for the whole year.

Among cars and SUVs sold by Mercedes in Spain in December, 43% or more were plug-in electric. That’s something.

Mercedes is benefiting from the EV boom by selling EVs that are still fossil fuel cars. I wonder how much driving do owners of these PHEVs do on gasoline/diesel and how much on electricity. We need PHEVs with a few hundred kilometers of electric range, not a few tens of them. We already had something close to that, the BMW i3 REx 120 Ah; and now it looks like BMW is quietly killing that car, reducing the number of such models available (outside China) from 1 to 0.

There are already cars designed from the start to allow a big battery pack in the floor in one variant and an internal combustion engine under the hood in another (hello Peugeot 208). So why not both? The weight is not that big of an issue: in a certain model — yes, the i3 — it added just 120 kg (265 lbs) to the overall weight compared to the pure electric variant.

But if a whole class of such vehicles emerged, it would make it very apparent how much today’s PHEVs are lacking when it comes to range and (especially) charging times.

Sources: [1][2][3][4][5]

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