Saturday, July 4, 2015

Norway June 2015



431 R240 Edition

The above code refers to the number of improved range Renault Zoes registered last month in Norway, an amazing 431 units, which is more or less the same as it did during last year (433)! A curious feature is the fact that 104 of them were registered in the last day of the month(!?!)

But this was only the most unusual fact of June's sales month, in the 3.752 sales registered (Second best month ever, rising the EV Share up to 23%), there were other EV players showing their strenghts:

- The VW e-Golf and GTE represent two thirds of all Golf sales, with the first leading the General ranking, if we separated single models cars by fuel source (BEV, PHEV and ICE);

- Tesla repeated last year numbers, selling in the 500-plus area, earning a deserved Second spot on both charts (EV and Global ranking);

- As mentioned before, the french Zoe shattered its previous record (228 units, last March), by selling 431 units, earning it the Third position on both rankings;

- The Outlander PHEV sold 421 units, also a personal record for the japanese SUV, placing it in #4 on both rankings, making four plug-ins on the Top 4 places of the General Ranking!

- A few interesting statistics, in June there were 8 plug-ins in the Top 25 positions, besides the aforementioned ones, the Audi A3 e-Tron (196 units, personal best) was #18, the Nissan Leaf was #20 and the Mercedes B-Class ED was #25, with all but the Nissan (The Qashqai topped the Leaf) being the best selling models of each brand.


PlModelSales  
1Volkswagen e-Golf747
2Tesla Model S566
3Renault Zoe431
4Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV421
5Volkswagen Golf GTE355

Looking at the YTD ranking, the main news is the two position jump to #5 of the Renault Zoe, but there are other models with smiling faces: The Golf GTE rose again, this time one position to #8, the Volvo V60 climbed to #13 and Smart finally realized that it would be a good idea to sell the ED version oficially here, with its car jumping two positions to...#20. 

Looking at the manufacturers ranking, VW is the Big Shot here, with 37% share, followed by Tesla (15%) and Nissan (11%).

A sign of the more welcoming times for plug-in hybrids is the fact that the PHEV's share has risen 3% regarding the previous month, it's now at 21% vs 79% for BEV's. For reference, plug-in hybrids only had 10% share last year...
 
PlNorwayJuneYTD'15%'14Pl
1Volkswagen e-Golf7474.829285
2Tesla Model S5662.674152
3Nissan Leaf1861.61191
4Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV4211.31086
5Renault Zoe4311.04968
6 Audi A3 e-Tron196922521
7Volkswagen e-Up!12382953
8
9
Volkswagen Golf GTE
BMW i3
355
117
722
684
4
4
N/A
4
10
11
Mercedes B-Class ED
Kia Soul EV
164
117
580
382
3
2
N/A
7
12
13
Peugeot iOn
Volvo V60 Plug-In
43
86
342
315
2
2
11
14
14Mitsubishi I-Miev4329129
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
26
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Citröen C-Zero
Peugeot Partner EV
Renault Kangoo ZE
Citröen Berlingo EV
Smart Fortwo ED
BMW i8
Toyota Prius Plug-In
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In
Mercedes C350e PHEV
Mercedes S500 Plug-In
Opel Ampera
29
51
20
25
3
14
3
4
6
2


271
192
77
52
46
39
28
13
9
3
3
2
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
8
12
19
16
22
20
17
N/A
N/A
N/A
21

TOTAL3.75217.275100


Source: elbil.no

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sweden June 2015




Golf GTE lands with a Bang in another Record Month

With 912 units sold, the Swedish EV Market continues on fire, beating previous records almost every month, pulling the EV Share north of 2%, to 2,16%,and making it the fifth highest EV Share market in the world, only below Norway, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Iceland.

This continued rise-and-rise of the swedish EV market is starting to show in the local automotive market, placing the Outlander PHEV, the EV Best-Seller in June, in #4 on the Crossover/SUV segment and #30 in the global ranking, and the Tesla Model S in #5 in the E-Class/Full-size Segment.

Also of interest is the significant landing of the Golf GTE, registering 103 units right on its first month, making it the best debut month ever for an EV, while at the same time placing it in #3 in the Monthly Ranking and #10 in the YTD chart (Already Best Selling Rookie), although these early numbers impress, the GTE represented just 6% of June's VW Golf sales, so the potential here is huge, making it a serious contender to a podium seat and maybe even overtaking the all-mighty Outlander PHEV out of the YTD leadership.

PlModelSales  
1
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
293
2Tesla Model S142
3Volkswagen Golf GTE103
4Nissan Leaf89
5Volvo V60 Plug-In79

Looking at the YTD chart, the podium stays the same, but below it, the Volvo V60 Plug-In (79 units, year best) recovered ground, jumping two positions to #4, thus getting closer to last year runner-up position.

The Renault Zoe had a good month (41 units, best result this year), climbing in result one position to #8, while the Mercedes C350e is continuing to climb positions at the bottom of the ranking it is now #16, but a Top 10 position could be a possibility in a couple of months.

On the manufacturers ranking, there aren't any significant changes, with Mitsubishi on top (30%), Nissan Second with 20% share (Down 3%), and Volkswagen Third, with 11% (Up 1%).

Regarding the BEV/PHEV share, pure electrics continue to overrun (53/47) Plug-in Hybrids, but the presumable success of the Golf GTE will probably give PHEV's that extra performance to overtake BEV's in this traditional plug-in hybrid turf (They outsell BEV's since 2012)

PlSwedenJuneYTD '15%'14Pl
1Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV2931.103301
2Nissan Leaf89525143
3
4
Tesla Model S
Volvo V60 Plug-In
142
79
432
236
12
7
4
2
5Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia31213611
6Volkswagen e-Golf19200613
7BMW i3 *2516146
8Renault Zoe4113148
9
10
Audi A3 e-Tron
Volkswagen Golf GTE
21
103
127
103
4
103
15
N/A
11Toyota Prius Plug-In149836
12
13
14
15
16
16
16
19
20
21
22
23
24
25

Volkswagen e-Up!
Renault Kangoo ZE
Renault Twizy e)
Kia Soul EV
Opel Ampera
BMW i8
Mercedes C350e
Mercedes B-Class ED
Citröen Berlingo EV
Mercedes S500 Plug-In
Porsche Panamera Plug-In
Ford Focus Electric
Porsche 918
Peugeot Partner EV

7
10
15
5

4
7
2
2
2
1


1

92
74
39
20
13
13
13
11
8
4
3
2
2
1

3
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

9
5
10
23
12
18
N/A
N/A
15
N/A
17
23
20
25


TOTAL9123.624100


* - 4 BEV + 21 Rex




Source: bilsweden.se

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EV Distribution - Portugal May 2015


Following a reader suggestion, i made a small study regarding the distribution of EV's in my home country, this is a small sample (70 units) of the 1.300-something EV's registered in Portugal, based on used car websites, so this should only be seen as an indication of how electric vehicles are distributed across the portuguese territory.

For the information to be easier to understand for people not familiar with the local geography, i have divided the country in seven areas: Northwest (Porto, Aveiro, Braga and Viana do Castelo  districts), Northeast (Bragança, Vila Real, Guarda and Viseu), Center (Coimbra, Castelo Branco, Leiria and Santarém), Lisbon Metropolitan Area (Lisbon and Setubal), South (Portalegre, Evora, Beja and Faro), Azores and Madeira.


But let's look at the distribution of the best selling EV's:

Nissan Leaf 

From the snowy mountains of the Northeast to the scorching hot South, the most common EV in Portugal is present across mainland Portugal, being the only EV present in the harsh climate (Cold winters and hot summers) of the Northeast.

Here's how the japanese car is distributed: NW - 4 units; NE - 3; CT - 2; LIS - 4; SO - 2.











Mitsubishi I-Miev triplets (Includes Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero)

It's also spreaded across the mainland, but in this case it is visible the concentration in the major cities, with half of the 10 units concentrated in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, with an additional three distributed among the NW Braga-Porto-Aveiro industrial cluster and the remaining two distributed by the Center and South.









Renault Twizy

The french quadricycle is quite popular among the more tourism-friendly areas as a rental car, that's why it's present across the seaside areas and in the Azores and Madeira islands.

Here's the sample distribution: LIS - 3 units; CT - 2; MAD - 2; SO - 1; AZ - 1; NW - 1.








BMW i3

Having just two i-dealerships in Portugal (One in Oporto and the other in Lisbon), it isn't surprising that these hot hatches are concentrated in those areas, with three i3 in Lisbon (And the two existing i8's) and two in the northern capital.

There is also one i3 confirmed in the Azores islands, in Ponta Delgada (Regional capital), probably imported from the mainland, and it should be a blast to drive there, with that territory being fertile on narrow mountain roads, a place where the little german car excels.











Renault Zoe

Another car concentrated in the two larger metropolitan areas, with three in Porto (NW) and two in Lisbon, with the last one living further South, in the tourist-friendly Algarve.

It should be noted that the french carmaker has the largest dealership network in Portugal and the fact that these cars are concentrated in urban areas only reinforces the feeling that most of their dealerships aren't really prepared/willing to sell electric vehicles to the general public.


Others

In the more recent arrivals / smaller diffusion models, there are a couple cases worthy of mention, the five Outlander PHEV are more popular in the southern areas (two in the Center, one in Lisbon and two in the South), while the two V60 Plug-In are concentrated in the Northwest, but the reality is that EV's sold in small numbers tend to concentrate in Lisbon, like is the case of the  Smart Fortwo ED, with three out of four living in the Capital's Metropolitan Area and the remaining unit living up in the Northwest (Braga).

It would be interesting to have data on the Plug-In Porches, but looking at the general picture of other high-end EV's (The two BMW i8  reside in Lisbon and there also two Teslas in Lisbon, while the other is registered the Center of the country), it is possible to extract that the expensive plug-ins are also concentrated around Lisbon.

Together with the data above mentioned, this means that the NW industrial belt (Braga-Porto-Aveiro) is behind the curve regarding Lisbon in EV acceptance (16 EV's in NW vs 27 in LIS). 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

World Top 10 May 2015



Models -  BYD Qin in Podium Territory

Some 37.000 plug-ins were sold last month, which represents a 37% increase regarding the same month last year, which shows that the global EV Market continues in good health, and with 160.000 units sold this year, the 400k global sales prediction for this year look like a given, now the question is: "Will it reach 450k?" .

The top position went as usual for the Nissan Leaf, but sales are down regarding May '14 by 26%, with its market share shrinking, it's now at 12%, when just two months ago it was 15%...

And there are two models looking to overcome the japanese car, the Tesla Model S was dangerously close in May, only 141 units behind Nissan's hatch, while the BYD Qin continues to amaze the market with an incredible records streak that has been happening since its landing, back in December '13, the chinese EV was Third in May and is now entering the more rarified atmosphere of the podium seats, if the records trend continues, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Qin get to the podium and even make an attempt at a Monthly Leader Trophy in the near future.


Moving on, the YTD ranking shows two Volkswagens with different fortunes, while the e-Golf sales were down 13% regarding last month (It looks that its success is confined to Norway and the USA), the Golf GTE had a personal best, registering 1.322 units and jumping to #9 in the YTD ranking,with the german carmaker being the only to register two models in the Top 10.


A final reference to the #10 BAIC E-Series, the 1.500 units allowed it to rise to #10, thus removing the Zotye E20 (#11, with 4.137 units) from the Top 10.

PlWORLD  May YTD%'14Pl
1Nissan Leaf3.742 19.953121
2Tesla Model S3.60116.474103
3Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV2.81714.73092
4
5
6
BYD Qin
BMW i3
Volkswagen e-Golf
3.518
1.984
1.175
12.462
8.955
6.221
8
6
4
7
6
21
7Renault Zoe1.2346.03049
8Chevrolet Volt (1)1.7154.96634
9Volkswagen Golf GTE1.3224.837333
10BAIC E-Series EV1.5004.297316

TOTAL 37.366160.621


Manufacturers -  BYD #1 in May

With no actual changes in the YTD ranking, the May results showed BYD finally outrunning (Albeit by just 8 units) the perennial leader Nissan, while closing in on the posium seats, with the #3 Tesla almost reaching the #2 Mitsubishi. 

Considering the success of the Model S, the upcoming arrival of the Model X, and the ever-increasing results of BYD, it won't be surprising if Mitsu ends up in #4 soon.

The japanese carmaker needs desperately to increase production of the Outlander PHEV and to launch it in the US as soon as possible, that is if it wants to stay a major player in the EV Market in the long term.

PlWORLDMayYTD%'14Pl
1Nissan4.03321.630131
2Mitsubishi3.07716.547102
3Tesla3.60116.474103
4BYD4.04114.85797
5
6
7
Volkswagen
BMW
Renault
2.707
2.423
1.871
12.292
11.061
8.360
8
7
5
11
9
8
8Ford1.9938.15055
9Zotye2.2397.273513
10Chevrolet2.0036.55646





(1) - Includes Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera;




Saturday, June 27, 2015

Europe May 2015

A Rising Star?

Golf GTE Edition

With almost 13.000 units, the European EV market had its third best month ever, with  a 50% improvement YoY, with the 62k sold this year, this is the economic block with the largest number of EV sales this year, ahead of the Americas (46k) and Asia-Pacific (55k).

Looking at the monthly models ranking, the Volkswagen Golf GTE made a return to form, selling 1.322 units (A Personal Best), jumping to #2 in May and surpassing the BMW i3 in the YTD chart.

As for the rest of the monthly ranking, the Nissan Leaf and VW e-Golf sales were below expectations, with the first selling 965 units (It was in 2013 the last time the japanese car sold below the 1.000 units in two months in a row), while the second was only #8, registering just 765 units, its worst performance this year. Is the GTE cannibalizing sales here?

PlModelSales  
1Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2.443
2Volkswagen Golf GTE
1.322
3Renault Zoe
1.226
4Tesla Model S
1.137
5
Nissan Leaf
965

Looking at the YTD ranking, besides the aforementioned rise of the Golf GTE to #6, the Renault Kangoo ZE also had a slight uptick in sales (329 units, best result of the year), climbing one position to #12 and recovering ground to the new LCV king the #11 e-NV200/Evalia twins. Now with only 49 units separating them, it looks that the french van isn't willing to let go of its Commercial Kingdom crown without a fight.

In the second half of the ranking, the Smart Fortwo ED continues to slide, down another position to #15 and urgently needing a replacement to recover a place in the Top 10, the same can be said of the Prius Plug-In, down nine positions regarding last year and 15(!) if we look at 2013....

Looking at the brands ranking, there weren't significant changes: Volkswagen (18% Share) recovered ground to Mitsubishi (19%), thanks to the Golf GTE sales uptick, while Nissan and Renault are tied in a distant Third (13%).

A final mention to Mercedes, after a slow start, the german brand is starting to pick up steam, with good performances across the lineup, especially the C350e Plug-In Hybrid, already selling 294 units in May, achieving the #11 in May and #21 YTD, making it the Best Rookie this year and placing it as a future candidate to a Top 10 place and to the D-Segment/Midsize crown. Watch out Volvo V60, you now have serious competition...

PlEuropeMay2015%'14Pl
1Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV2.44311.578191
2Nissan Leaf9656.779112
3Renault Zoe1.2265.992103
4Tesla Model S1.1375.84094
5Volkswagen e-Golf 7654.99689
6Volkswagen Golf GTE1.3224.988822
7BMW i38714.01765
8Audi A3 e-Tron8583.624619
9Volvo V60 Plug-In4042.05537
10Volkswagen e-Up!2161.28626
11Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia2081.245212
12Renault Kangoo ZE3291.19628
13Porsche Cayenne Plug-In2551.158228
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
BMW i8
Smart Fortwo ED
Renault Twizy
Mercedes B-Class ED
Kia Soul EV
Peugeot iOn
Bolloré Blue Car
Mercedes C350e Plug-In
Mitsubishi I-Miev
Citröen C-Zero
Porsche Panamera Plug-In
Toyota Prius Plug-In
161
143
208
186
107
63
46
294
82
65
62
13
957
931
899
683
677
422
 387
368
351
337
282
281
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
15
10
11
29 +1
    23
21
13
N/A
17
20
18
14

TOTAL12.70462.467

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Finland March 2015

A new Sales Champ!


Nissan Surprise Leader

Finally we have some numbers from Finland, with 143 units sold until March, sales are up 55%, showing a market in rapid growth, with the EV Share up to 0,45%, encouraging numbers, but still far from its scandinavian neighbors (22% Share in Norway and 2% in Sweden).

Looking at the models ranking, the Nissan Leaf is the surprise leader, dethroning the Mitsu Outlander PHEV from the Top Spot, while the Porsche Cayenne has found success here, shooting for #2.

The Tesla Model S is #4, making three AWD models in the Top Four positions.

Looking at the rest of the ranking, the Audi A3 e-Tron has made a great landing, registering 11 units in three months, while the Volvo V60 Plug-In has fallen abruptly, with sales down 77% YoY. Is the XC90 doing its anticipation number?

PlFinland

YTD '15
     %
Pl '14
1
2
Nissan Leaf
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In


41
31
29
22
3
8
3Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
23161
4Tesla Model S
19132
5Audi A3 e-Tron
118N/A
6Mercedes S500 Plug-In
5312
7
8
Volkswagen e-Up!
Volvo V60 Plug-In


4
3
3
2
9
4
8
10
11
Porsche Panamera Plug-In
Toyota Prius Plug-In
Mercedes B-Class ED



3
2
1
2
1
1
7
5
N/A

TOTAL
143100




Source: trafi.fi

Monday, June 22, 2015

Belgium May 2015



GTE Creeps Up Edition

With 339 EV's sold, it was the second-best ever month, tripling sales Yoy, with the EV Share rising again to 0,78%.

Looking at the models ranking, keeping with this year tradition (No one could hold the leadership in two straight months),  there was another leadership change, with the Tesla Model S returning to #1, despite the Porsche Cayenne Plug-In new personal best (62 sales), it was down to #2.

But the sensation of the moment is the VW Golf GTE, Second in May with 69 units, jumping to #4 in the YTD ranking and now threatening the #3 BMW i3.

In the manufacturers ranking, Porsche continues in the lead (22%), followed by BMW and Tesla, both with 18%.


PlBelgiumMayYTD%'14Pl
1Tesla Model S75289181
2Porsche Cayenne Plug-In622801714
3
4
BMW i3 *
VW Golf GTE
35
67
189
149
12
9
2
23
5Volvo V60 Plug-In911776
6Nissan Leaf1010974
7Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV1010465
8BMW i8119369
9Audi A3 e-Tron973515
10Porsche Panamera Plug-In206343
11Mercedes S500 Plug-In e)6282N/A
12Renault Twizy52528
13
14
VW e-Golf
VW e-Up!                
2
1
21
14
1
1
10
12
15
16
17
18
19
20
20
22
23
24
Renault Zoe
Smart Fortwo ED
Mercedes B-Class ED
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Kia Soul EV
Porsche 918
Ford Focus Electric
Opel Ampera
Mercedes C350e
Volkswagen XL1
2
3
6
3
5




1
13
11
10
6
5
3
3
2
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
10
N/A
18
18
21
N/A
16
N/A
N/A

TOTAL3391.607100

Source: febiac.be



* - 8 Bev + 27 Rex