Sales of used electric cars have grown enormously

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The number of used electric cars sold has doubled this year compared to 2019, VWE Automotive, among others, announced today.

The electric car is hot in the Netherlands. This was evident once again when the subsidy for new EVs – which totaled 10 million euros – was completely empty within a week. Buyers of a used electric car are also entitled to a subsidy, but that pot is not even half empty. Still, the second-hand EV proves to be more popular than ever.

Almost doubled

VWE Automotive says that in the first half of 2020 car companies sold more than 7,300 used electric cars. In 2018 there were only 1358, last year the number stood at 3749 pieces. So this year, 95% more such cars were sold than in 2019.

That is not very surprising. The range of electric cars has grown enormously in recent years, as a result of which more cars appear on the second-hand market and therefore more are sold. It also appears that private individuals now mainly opt for smaller EVs, partly because the range of those types of cars has increased significantly. Below we list the ten best-selling used electric cars according to VWE Automotive.

Top 10 bestselling used electric cars

  1. Renault Zoe (393 pieces, + 49% compared to 2019)
  2. Tesla Model S (375, -2%)
  3. BMW i3 (331, + 85%)
  4. Nissan Leaf (282, + 26%)
  5. Opel Ampera (266, + 5220%)
  6. Volkswagen e-Golf (155, 210%)
  7. Tesla Model 3 (151, +739%)
  8. Hyundai Ioniq (105, +150%)
  9. Fiat 500 (103, -18%)
  10. MG ZS EV (97, not sold last year)

However, this list needs some explanation. Branch association Bovag has come up with a completely different list of the most sold second-hand EVs. It looks like this.

  1. Audi E-tron (1001 stuks)
  2. Opel Amera-e (756)
  3. Renault Zoe (615)
  4. BMW i3 (591)
  5. Nissan Leaf (531)
  6. Tesla Model 3 (495)
  7. Volkswagen e-Golf (462)
  8. Tesla Model S (369)
  9. Hyundai Kona (359)
  10. MG ZS EV (353)

The differences in numbers are considerable, while Bovag also speaks of about 7000 used EVs sold. The difference lies in the fact that many new electric cars were still registered by dealers in 2019, and were later sold to private individuals. However, because these cars have already been registered and were only sold to consumers later, they are considered to be second-hand electric cars. VWE Automotive does not appear to have included such sales in its Top 10 list and focuses purely on the private sale of used cars, while it does have a total of 7,300 sold used cars.

Subsidy scheme for used electric cars

Those who buy a second-hand electric car since 1 July are eligible for the subsidy of € 2,000. This only applies to fully electric cars, with a range of at least 120 kilometers and an original list price of between € 12,000 and € 45,000.

For this year, the government filled that pot with € 7.2 million, of which only € 2.49 million is currently forgiven. This means that enough private individuals can still apply for a subsidy in 2020.

Ook PHEV populair

Not only is the demand for used EVs growing. The plug-in hybrid is also popular on the second-hand market. In the first half of 2020, Dutch car companies sold 10,391 cars with such a powertrain. That is 50% more than in 2019. Here too, the range of these cars has grown considerably, which means that sales figures are also increasing. It means that both the electric and plug-in hybrid car has overtaken the LPG occasion this year when it comes to sales numbers in the second-hand market.

Photography: Jérôme Wassenaar

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