Neither VW nor Tesla: These are the 3 most popular electric cars for 2022 so far

Deepak Gupta February 9, 2022
Updated 2022/02/09 at 2:18 PM

In the meantime, pretty much all of the larger automotive groups have embraced the traffic revolution. This means that not only Tesla and Volkswagen, but also Fiat, Renault, Hyundai and many others are increasingly relying on electromobility. Popular electric cars they all build, but only a few make it into the top ranks of Stromer. In January it is already becoming apparent which manufacturers could have the upper hand in 2022.

The trend in the industry has been moving towards electric cars for years. The reason for this is sometimes the growing climate policy in Europe, but above all in Germany. Those who became active early enough can already benefit from this development. The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) recorded a total of 184,112 new registrations in January, including 20,892 electric cars – which corresponds to around 11.3 percent.

The average CO2-Emissions from newly registered vehicles fell by 1.7 percent compared to the same month last year, thus continuing a trend that has been apparent for some time. Popular e-cars should also make their contribution. After all, they are the ones who, in addition to state bonuses, also make the traffic turnaround more attractive for end customers. In terms of brands, VW (2,755), Hyundai (2,048) and Opel (1,752) dominate the German market after new registrations.

However, the Handelsblatt editorial team shows which specific models recorded the most new registrations in January 2022.

Top 3: Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona Electric. Credit: Hyundai

According to the manufacturer, it takes less than an hour to charge the Kona Electric up to 80 percent at the fast charging station. Once full, Hyundai promises a range of up to 484 kilometers. In combination with a price of comparatively low 35,650.00 euros, the popular electric car achieved around 1,005 new registrations in January 2022.

Top 2: Opel Corsa-e

Opel Corsa-e
The Opel Corsa-e. Credit: Stellantis/Opel

The Corsa-e is again available from €30,400.00. You should be able to charge it to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. With a full battery, the manufacturer promises a range of up to 359 kilometers. With 1,051 new registrations, this electric car took second place in January.

Top 1: Fiat 500

fiat 500
The Fiat 500. Credit: Stellantis/Fiat

The top position is adorned by the Italian car brand Fiat with its 500 model. The small car is available in a large number of different variations and shines with a price starting at just 14,990 euros (RRP). The manufacturer offers two batteries to choose from: 23.8 kilowatt hours with a range of up to 190 kilometers and 42 kilowatt hours with a range of up to 320 kilometers. The Fiat 500 achieved around 1,261 new registrations at the beginning of 2022.

Alternative drive types

Apart from pure combustion engines and fully electric vehicles, alternative drive systems are also getting the market moving.

“With 54,126 hybrid vehicles, the increase in registrations was +19.1 percent, the share was 29.4 percent. Among the hybrid vehicles, 18,900 were plug-in hybrids. That was -8.2 percent less than in the same month last year, their share was 10.3 percent.”

Federal Motor Transport Authority

After a significant increase in registrations of a good 366.5 percent, vehicles powered by liquid gas had a market share of 0.9 percent. Natural gas vehicles, on the other hand, are showing a decline. Their registrations decreased by around 28 percent compared to the previous year and account for a share of 0.1 percent. It remains to be seen how popular EVs will steer the industry through 2022.

Source: Federal Motor Transport Authority; Handelsblatt

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