2022 (Half Year) Germany: Best-Selling Electric Car Brands and Models

Half-year 2022: Volkswagen, Tesla, and Hyundai were the best-selling electric car brands in Germany with the Fiat 500 the top-selling model.

Half-year 2022: Volkswagen, Tesla, and Hyundai were the best-selling electric car brands in Germany with the Fiat 500 the top-selling model.
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During the first half of 2022, new battery-electric vehicle (BEV) registrations in Germany increased by a modest 12% to take a 13.5% share of the total German new car market. Volkswagen narrowly remained the top-selling electric car brand followed by Tesla and Hyundai. The Fiat 500 was Germany’s favorite electric car model during the first semester of 2022 followed by the Tesla Model 3.

German Car Sales Statistics — 2022 Half Year: Brands & Models, Electric; 2021: Market Overview, Brands, Models, Electric; 2020: Market Overview, Brands, Models, Electric Cars.

German Electric Car Market in 2022 (Half Year)

BrandHY/2022HY/2021HY/2020HY/2019
Total Electric167,263148,71844,30731,059
Total Car Market1,237,9751,390,8891,210,6221,849,000
% Share Electric13.510.73.71.7

New battery-electric passenger vehicle registrations in Germany during the first half of 2022 increased by a relatively modest 12.5%. As the German new car market contracted by 11% overall, electric cars took a new record 13.5% of the total German new car market.

Component shortages and production issues were the main factors determining the registrations of new cars in Germany during the first semester of 2022. Demand for electric cars far exceeds supply, which on its own should question the continued generous government subsidies for battery-electric cars. With incentives for plug-in hybrids expected to end by 2023, demand for BEVs is likely to increase, especially for company and business cars.

For some models, waiting periods of 20 months are quoted while delivery periods of over 12 months are becoming the norm. Although the Volkswagen Group, amongst others, predicted that manufacturing should return to normal by the end of 2022, many expect the shortage of new cars to continue well into 2023.

Best-Selling Electric Car Brands in Germany in 2022 (Half Year)

The ten top-selling car brands in Germany during the first semester of 2022 were:

BEV BrandsJan-Jun 2022% Share
Total BEV Electric Sales167,263100.0
1VW18,88711.3
2Tesla18,25910.9
3Hyundai13,5038.1
4Renault11,4776.9
5Fiat11,3016.8
6Audi11,1706.7
7BMW10,1486.1
8Opel10,1066.0
9Mercedes-Benz9,4295.6
10Smart7,4874.5
Source: kba.de

Volkswagen remained the largest electric carmaker in Germany during the first half of 2022 ahead of Tesla. Both brands performed below expectations with production issues continuing to hamper deliveries. However, it is likely that the Tesla plant near Brandenburg should stabilize supply later in the year while VW also increased production of electric cars at several plants in Germany. During the first half of 2021, VW sold 36,000 cars in Germany.

Hyundai, which generally performed well in all sectors in Europe in 2022, moved into third-largest electric car brand in Germany in 2022. Early mover Renault is slipping with an aging range. Fiat moved into fifth place with the Fiat 500 the favorite electric car model in Germany in 2022.

Smart slipped from 3rd to 10th and dealers are probably desperate for the arrival of new models.

Best-Selling Electric Car Models in Germany in 2022 (Half Year)

The 20 top-selling battery-electric car models (BEV) in Germany during the first semester of 2022 were:

BrandE ModelJan-Jun 2022
1FIAT50011,278
2TESLAMODEL 310,801
3HYUNDAIKONA7,587
4TESLAMODEL Y7,458
5VWID.4, ID.57,028
6OPELCORSA6,531
7VWID.36,084
8RENAULTZOE6,069
9SKODAENYAQ5,940
10AUDIE-TRON5,590
11BMWI35,506
12VWUP5,484
13SMARTFORTWO5,302
14MINIMINI5,077
15HYUNDAIIONIQ54,998
16RENAULTTWINGO4,510
17AUDIQ44,149
18PEUGEOT2083,771
19DACIASPRING3,588
20OPELMOKKA2,969
Source: KBA.de

The Fiat 500 was the favorite battery-electric car of the Germans in half-year 2022 followed by the Tesla Model 3. Despite supply problems, competition in the electric car market is heating up with many more models on offer. During the first half of 2021, the VW Up, Tesla Model 3, and VW ID3 all sold in higher volumes than the Fiat 500 in 2022.

The SUV / crossover Hyundai Kona narrowly outsold the Tesla Model Y followed by the VW ID4. The Opel Corsa improved from 9th while the ID3 slipped from third. The Renault Zoe, which was still the top-selling electric car in 2020, was eighth for the second consecutive year.

The BMW i3, VW UP, and Smart Fortwo — all models nearing the end of the production cycle — all dropped out of the top ten.

German Car Sales Statistics — 2022 Half Year: Brands & Models, Electric; 2021: Market Overview, Brands, Models, Electric; 2020: Market Overview, Brands, Models, Electric Cars.

About the author:

Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience in online writing. His best-selling cars website has been reporting car sales statistics since 2008 with classic car auction prices focusing on the most expensive automobiles sold at public auctions in the past decade. He also owns the travel websites European-Traveler.com and Lake Geneva Switzerland. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Finance from the University of London.