Just to sketch the difference between the market for new cars and the market for used cars. In the first quarter, no more than 80,885 new cars were sold in the Netherlands (minus 21.5 percent), compared to 492,709 used cars (minus 1.1 percent). The vast majority of new cars are driven for business purposes. They are far too expensive for most individuals. They go for an occasion.
The share of used electric cars is nil
“Sales of second-hand electric cars have doubled”, we read in various other media. And that’s right, but compared to the total number of used cars sold, the electrical part is less than a drop in the ocean. Of the 492,709 used cars, just over 2,400 are fully electric. That is not even half a percent.
Older EV models have limited range
It’s understandable that people don’t want used EVs. Older models such as the BMW i3 and the first generation Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe – the most popular electric used cars – offer a very limited range and cannot, for example, fast charge. Private individuals can receive a subsidy of 2000 euros if they buy a used electric car, but that subsidy is not very popular.
Subsidy pot for used cars is still almost full
The subsidy for new electric cars (private individuals can receive 4000 euros) was already empty after a few days and will not be filled again until 2022. Of the 13.5 million euros available for used buyers this year, more than 10 million euros is left. The subsidy of 2000 euros only applies to used EVs with a range of 120 kilometers or more and an original starting price of 12,000 – 45,000 euros.