In Germany BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) don’t have an easy life, specially if they have low range.
Until last August, BMW i3’s REx (Range Extended) versions sold more units than BEVs in Germany, but this changed when the BMW i3 got more electric range. Better range was made possible with the replacement of 60 with 94 Ah cells in its battery pack.
EV-Sales is always a good source if we want to know plug-in cars trends in different countries. Let’s see the BMW i3’s sales evolution in Germany.
- September 2016: 291 BEV (57 %) + 220 REx (43 %) = 511
- August 2016: 147 BEV (52 %) + 133 REx (48 %) = 280
- July 2016: 62 BEV (46 %) + 72 REx (54 %) = 134
- June 2016: 17 BEV (36 %) + 30 REx (64 %) = 47
- May 2016: 43 BEV (50 %) + 43 REx (50 %) = 86
- April 2016: 41 BEV (26 %) + 118 REx (74 %) = 159
- March 2016: 57 BEV (27 %) + 154 REx (73 %) = 211
- February 2016: 67 BEV (40 %) + 104 REx (60 %) = 171
- January 2016: 51 BEV (34 %) + 98 REx (66 %) = 149
Selling 511 units in Germany last month, was a record for the BMW i3. In October figures should be even better, but now there is a new alternative with the improved Renault Zoe that has a 403 km NEDC range.
It’s obvious that BEVs with further range improvements tend to make hybrids less appealing. While the future Samsung SDI 120 Ah battery cells for the BMW i3 won’t be enough to completely render the REx version obsolete, these new battery cells will make the BEV version even more popular.
While more range is great we also need a visible, vast and reliable public charging network to completely eliminate range anxiety. The public charging network is a reason why BEV’s adoption will vary from country to country.
What do you think? Are the current and upcoming improved range BEVs enough to prove that the future is all electric?