Monday, June 27, 2016

China New Models - May 2016

The number of models arriving to the local EV market is becoming increasingly larger and it is becoming common for one or two models to land every passing month, so we've created a new column called "New Models", where we look at the rookies.




Roewe e950 - The PHEV version of the 950 barge sedan, it aims to duplicate in XL format the success of its e550 smaller brother, which is now at over 2.000 units per month. With a 11.8 kWh battery and 60 kms electric range, this Tesla Model S-sized car is geared to become the best-selling plug-in of its class.

Sales target: 750-1.000 units/month.





Maxus EG10 - Looking to explore a niche that BYD is neglecting, SAIC launched this EG10 large electric MPV / Van, a market with no competition in sight (BYD production constraints are leaving its T3 Van dry). With a powerful 204 hp engine and 150 kms range, it does have interesting specs for hotel shuttles and other fleet uses, but the question is: How big is that market?

Sales target: 200 units/month.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

UK Q1 2016 (Top 15)



Turn the Tide Edition

Thanks to a new article on RAC Foundation, i can now post a ranking regarding UK's First Quarter of the Year.

Over 10.000 plug-ins were sold in the first Quarter of the year in the UK, up 23% YoY, down from the three digits growth rates of last year, but still firmly in positive territory and allowing the EV Share to stay above the 1% threshold. Now about that Brexit thing...

Anyway, looking at the models ranking, Britain's most popular plug-ins, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Nissan Leaf, which a year ago owned two thirds of the market, they have lost share in a most significant way, now holding less than 30% of the market, inclusively with the Japanese hatch losing the Third position to the Mercedes C350e, all while the Tesla Model S saw their deliveries grow three fold, reaching the Fourth Position and becoming the surprise of the ranking, together with the Mercedes midsize offering, that beat all predictions to an amazing Second Place. It seems the tide is changing and Company/Fleet buyers have new favorites...

Regarding the rest of the ranking, two newcomers made an impact, the Volvo XC90 PHEV landed with an impressive #7, just like the 330e, which is now #9, not far from its i3 brethren, which dropped from #3 to #8. Did buyers preferred to go for the more normal 330e instead of the Star Wars-looking i3?

A final reference for the drop in sales of the BMW i8, down 48%, but despite this slowing down of sales, the UK is still the second largest market for the German Sports Car, only behind the USA.

Pl
UK
Q1 '16 % '16Q1'15Pos. '15
1Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV3.395214.5001
2Mercedes C350e1.3008N/AN/A
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Nissan Leaf
Tesla Model S
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Renault Zoe
Volvo XC90 T8
BMW i3
BMW 330e
BMW X5 40e
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Audi A3 e-Tron
BMW i8
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In
Toyota Prius Plug-In
1.250
739
611
591
523
491
340
200
196
177
141
80
71
8
5
4
4
3
3
2
1
1
1
1
0
0
1.436
205
4
265
N/A
652
N/A
N/A
121
234
267
60
71
2
8
5
4
N/A
3
N/A
N/A
9
6
7
11
13








Source: RAC

Friday, June 24, 2016

Magazines


Last year i had the opportunity to discover and cooperate with the ReNew magazine, an Australian magazine focused on Renewables and other sustainable technologies, i found it truly interesting and educating, among other things, it provided tips on how making small changes in our day-to-day life to make an impact on the environment.

At the time, i wondered: "How is it possible that there isn't something like this in Europe?"

There is now, The Beam magazine has just started and is looking for readers and backers to continue running, check it out and give your thoughts to their team!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Belgium May 2016

Volvo XC90 T8: Belgian EV Favorite.

SUV-Land Edition

May was another great month for plug-ins, with 741 EV's registered, up 119% YoY, with the EV Share steady at 1.54%, being currently one of the fastest growing markets.

SUV's continue to own the market, with all the places in the Podium belonging to that class: The BMW X5 PHEV (130 units) was the Monthly Best-Seller for the first time, followed by the Volvo XC90 T8 (120) and the Porsche Cayenne Plug-In (116 units, best result in 11 months).

Looking at the YTD ranking, the aforementioned high-end SUV's occupy the Podium, with five out of the Top 10 positions belonging to SUV's.

Looking at the changes in the ranking, there was an important shift in the Fourth Position, with the Nissan Leaf becoming the best-selling BEV, switching places with the Tesla Model S, that with only 9 units, it had its worst month in 20(!) months. Are Belgian Tesla-lovers already waiting for the Model X?

In the manufacturers ranking, BMW (26%, up 2%) has finally replaced Volvo (23%) from the leadership. In Third we have Porsche, with 12% (Up 1%)

There were an additional  4 Toyota Mirai registered last month, with the YTD numbers now at 8 units, making Belgium one of the most successful markets for the Terminator-Car.

PlBelgiumMayYTD%'15Pl
1Volvo XC90 T8 1208682213
2BMW X5 40e 1305321415
3
4
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In
Nissan Leaf
116
47
426
294
11
8
2
8
5Tesla Model S927971
6BMW i3 *3416343
7
Mercedes C350e
24160416
8BMW 225xe Active Tourer411394N/A
9
Mercedes GLE500e
26125327
10Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV2211336
11BMW 330e281103N/A
12
13
14
15
Renault Zoe
Audi A3 e-Tron
BMW i8
Volkswagen Golf GTE
28
17
15
4
105
70
61
54
3
2
2
1
18
7
9
5
16
17
18
19
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Mercedes B250e
Mercedes S500e
Porsche Panamera Plug-In
18
11
6
4
53
51
47
42
1
1
1
1
33
11
14
10
20
21
21
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
30
32
32
34
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia **
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Renault Twizy
Renault Kangoo ZE
Volkswagen e-Golf
Toyota Prius Plug-In
Kia Soul EV
Citroen C-Zero
Volkswagen e-Up!
Peugeot iOn
Smart Fortwo ED
Citroen Berlingo EV
Peugeot Partner EV
Opel Ampera
Mercedes GLC350e
9
3
11
3
5
1
3

2


4



33
32
30
27
26
16
15
13
11
9
5
5
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
4
15
N/A
17
25
23
24
21
20
19
N/A
N/A
28
N/A

TOTAL7413.919100

Source: FEBIAC

* - 20 Bev + 14 Rex

** - 3 Pass + 6 LCV


Plug-Ins Versus Regular Hybrids

PlModel May 2016
1Toyota Auris Hybrid193
2BMW X5 40e130
3Toyota Yaris Hybrid122
4Volvo XC90 T8 120
5Porsche Cayenne Plug-In116

If we combine May regular hybrid sales with plug-ins, the Toyota Auris Hybrid was #1, followed by the best selling plug-in BMW X5 PHEV, with 130 units, with the Yaris Hybrid down to Third, with 122 units.

Portugal May 2016



Outlander PHEV returns to the Leadership 

EV Sales continue with a fast pace, with 140 registrations last month, a 51% increase YoY, with the EV Share down slightly to 0.75%.

The all-electric Nissan Leaf just couldn't resist to the might of the Mitsu Outlander PHEV, with this SUV removing the japanese hatch fron the leadership, while the Mercedes C350e kept just enough pace to the Bronze Medal. 

A significant score was made by the Renault Zoe, with 29 units,  its best result this year.

In the manufacturers ranking, Nissan (19%, down 2%) stayed a float,  with Mercedes in Third (17%), and Mitsubishi (18%, up 1%) is a close Second.

Pl
Portugal
May
2016
%
Pl '15
1
2
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Nissan Leaf
28
11
128
124
18
17
1
2
3Mercedes C350e1311015
5
4BMW i3 *
10
77
11
3
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
11
13
14
14
16
16
16
16
16
16
22
22
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Renault Zoe
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Volvo XC90 T8
Tesla Model S
Renault Twizy
Renault Kangoo ZE
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia 
BMW i8
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In
Mercedes B250e
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
Volkswagen e-Golf
Kia Soul EV
Mercedes S500e
Toyota Prius Plug-In
BMW X5 40e
Volkswagen e-Up!
20
29
3
6
1
5
3

2
3


1
1
2




66
60
19
17
14
13
11
9
7
7
6
6
5
5
5
4
4
4
3
9
8
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
9
4
11
28
16
6
12
10
20
N/A
18
15
N/A
N/A
16
20
8
25
14
22
22
26
27
27
Peugeot iOn
Audi A3 e-Tron
BMW 330e
Citröen Berlingo EV
Smart Fortwo ED


1


3
3
3
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
6
18
N/A
30
22

TOTAL140715100

Source: ACAP

* - 10 BEV + 0 REX



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Markets Roundup May 2016

May 2016 Top 11 EV Markets



Country % BEV % PHEV
China 65 35
USA 52 48
Norway 56 44
UK 31 69
France 82 18
Japan 69 31
Germany 48 52
Sweden 31 69
Belgium
Holland
29
40
71
60
Canada 50 50


World 58 42
As one can see, a lot has happened since this last overview, BEV's are losing share (-4%) on a global level, but it could have been worse, as it had the help of China, the largest EV market, where BEV's recovered ground (+4% share), but there were another two markets where all electric vehicles recovered significantly, with  BEV's recovering 6% share in Japan and 23%(!) in the Netherlands, although, in this last case, fiscal incentives had a lot to do with it.

But the overall trend is PHEV's conquering share, and the more blatant cases are Belgium, the new halo market for PHEV's, where plug-in hybrids won 18% share, and Sweden, Norway & Canada, where PHEV's did even better, conquering 23% share in just 11 months...

Even France, a BEV stronghold, plug-in hybrids won share, going from 16% to 18% share.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

France May 2016

Still Rising
 PHEV's slowing down 

The French EV market had more than 2.600 registrations in May, representing a 44% increase over May 2015, with the market set to surpass the 45.000 units by year end.

The EV Share is at 1,74%, a significant departure from the 1,41% of 2015.

France is known for being a stable market, with little changes in the ranking, and May confirmed that, one has to go down to the Ninth Place to see a position change, with the Kia Soul EV rising one position to #9, with the Citröen e-Mehari doing the same in #14, but the VW e-Up! (45 units, best result in 2 years), did even better, jumping three positions to #26. May saw plug-in hybrids lose share to BEV’s, now that buyers have less fiscal incentives to buy PHEV’s. Money makes the world go round…  

Looking at the brands ranking, the Ruling Force of Renault (#1 since 2011) continues to be the Master In Command, with 43%, followed at a distance by Nissan (15%) and BMW (9%).



Pl
France
May
2016
%
'15Pl
1
Renault Zoe
945
5.275
35
1
2
Nissan Leaf
409
2.077
14
3
3
Renault Kangoo ZE e)
150
1.089
7
2
4
BMW i3
99
588
4
8
5
Volkswagen Golf GTE
103
580
4
4
6
Peugeot iOn
65
525
3
9
7
Bolloré Blue Car
77
451
3
5
8
Volvo XC90 T8
89
429
3
N/A
9
10
Kia Soul EV
Audi A3 e-Tron
80
54
396
376
3
2
13
6
11
12
BMW X5 40e
Citröen C-Zero
43
50
302
298
2
2
20
15
13
Tesla Model S
37
282
2
10
14
Citröen e-Mehari
71
246
2
N/A
15
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
15
229
2
N/A
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35

Porsche Cayenne Plug-In
Peugeot Partner EV e)
Goupil  e)
Renault Twizy
Nissan e-NV200/Evalia e)
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
BMW 330e
Bolloré Blue Summer e)
Mercedes C350e
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Volkswagen e-Up!
Citröen Berlingo EV e)
Volkswagen e-Golf
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Mitsubishi I-Miev
BMW i8
Mercedes B250e
Toyota Prius Plug-In
Mercedes GLE500e
Mercedes S500e
Others
43
30
40
42
20
17
18
30
17
21
45
10
7
1
9
2
2

6
6

211
194
189
181
172
149
138
123
107
94
88
70
60
56
46
45
39
33
26
25
15
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
21
14
11
16 
7
N/A
N/A
27
19
18
23
22
26
30
25
24
28
31 
32 

TOTAL
2.653
15.204