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Germany’s new plug-in car incentives attract 1,791 buyers so far; BMW most popular choice

Since launching on 1 July, Germany’s new plug-in vehicle (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) discount scheme has attraced 1,791 buyers as of 4 July, according to figures released by Germany’s BAFA (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle).

The program grants buyers of electric cars a €4,000 (US$4,452) discount and buyers of plug-in hybrid vehicles a discount of €3,000 (US$3,339).

Of the 1,791 requests for the discounts, 67% are for battery-electric vehicles (1,194), with the remaining being plug-in hybrids.

BMW models are the most popular (581, or 32.4%), followed by Renault (444, 24.8%) and Volkswagen as a distant third (154, 8.6%) and Nissan in fourth place with 121 (6.8%).

The most popular BMW model is the i3 (339 units, 19%), follwed by the 225 xe (199 units, 11%) and the 330e (43 units, 2.4%).

Renault’s ZOE models, however, have drawn the most demand for a single model type, with a combined 424 units (23.7%).

The €1.2-billion ($1.3-billion) program is being funded equally between the German government and carmakers. The goal is to sell around 400,000 plug-in vehicles in the country, Europe’s biggest car market.

The incentive scheme expires at the end of June 2019.

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