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Renault COO Carlos Tavares tries out a Twizy at a press event in late 2011 (Photo: Renault)

Renault was the biggest seller of full electric vehicles in Germany in the first five months of 2012.

The French carmaker sold 600 battery-powered Kangoo and Fluence models in Europe's biggest car market during the period. Most of its EV sales were Kangoos.

Overall, Germans bought 2,100 EVs in the January-May period, almost doubling the 1,135 EVs sold in the first five months of 2011.

Renault also claimed a successful start for its electric two-seater, the Twizy, in Germany. The model, which isn't counted as a car and thus isn't included in the vehicle sales statistics,was sold 1,001 times in the two months that it has been available.

Despite the sharp increase in overall EV sales, industry insiders say Germany is unlikely to achieve its goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020.

The industry cites a lack of financial incentives coupled with the relatively high cost of electrically powered cars as the main reason for the slow sales buildup of EVs.