Battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales in Germany increased to 44,125 units in March 2023, giving BEVs a market share of 15.7%. Those figures were highlighted by the Tesla Model Y, which was the country’s best selling BEV in both March and the first quarter of the year.
According to registration data from Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), a total of 5,701 Model Ys were sold in the country last month. That was 77% more than the combined sales of the VW ID.4 and ID.5, which came in second with 3,212 units sold.
Not far behind was the Model 3, which saw 2,560 registrations in March, enough for the electric sedan to be the fourth most popular BEV in Germany last month.
On a year-to-date basis, the Model Y is leading the way, and the competition isn’t even close. From January to March 15,851 Model Ys were registered in Germany, a massive 222% increase compared to Q1 2022 when Tesla sold 4,925 Model Ys.
Again in second place is the combined sales of the ID.4 and ID.5, which accumulated 6,782 sales during the same time period. The Model 3 is also in third place in year-to-date sales (4,188).
The popularity of the Model Y in the BEV segment is so strong that it was also enough to make the Model Y the fourth best selling car in Germany, electric or otherwise, both in March and in Q1 overall.
In March the Model Y (5,701) was just 1,823 units behind the leader, the always popular VW Golf (7,524). The Model Y (15,851) was also 5,097 units behind the VW Golf (20,948) from January to March.
All of these impressive numbers come at a time when Tesla is still ramping production at Giga Berlin. As of the most recent update from Tesla which came last month, the factory is now producing 5,000 Model Ys per week. Not all of those are destined for the local market as many are also exported to other European countries, and even as far away as Taiwan.