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Germans Are Buying More Electrified Cars Than Norwegians

  • German battery-powered, plug-in hybrid sales advance 70% in 1Q
  • Consumer buy-in validates massive VW, BMW response to Tesla
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Germany leapfrogged Norway as Europe’s biggest market for electrified cars, a sign consumers are warming to the technology just as Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG add batteries to their lineups to take on Tesla Inc.

Sales of electric-chargeable vehicles surged 70 percent in Germany to 17,574 cars in the first quarter, nudging ahead of Norway for the first time, according to data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. The figure includes fully-electric cars like Tesla’s Model S, as well as plug-in hybrids such as the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer.