Fast growing sales of second-hand electric cars in the Netherlands
For the first seven months of this year, the sales of electrically driven second-hand cars rose 113% in the Netherlands, compared to the same period last year. This could be a significant boost in the transition to electric everyone is expecting.
Sales of electric cars are still very much lower than those of petrol cars or diesels, but a second-hand electric car is on average 42 days for sale before a sale is concluded, while this is a month longer on average for a petrol or diesel car.
Lower use costs
Maarten Van Biezen from the association of electric drivers (Vereniging Elektrische Rijders) explains this growing popularity of the second-hand electric car by the lower use costs. “With an electric car you pay on average 4 euro per 100 km on running costs, with a petrol car you pay easily the double”, he says.
Apart from this, taxes are much lower on electric cars and the fact that prices are going down is also helping a lot. “Of the 1.100 electric cars that I saw on sale at the moment on second-hand sites, more than 120 costed less than 15.000 euro. This makes them also available for the average individual buyer.”
On average these electric second-hand cars don’t have a high mileage either and that should encourage their sales. Maybe this second-hand car phenomenon will also give a boost to the sales of new electric cars (growing residual value) and the transition to electrical propulsion will accelerate steadily in the coming years.