Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Switzerland November 2014 (Updated)

Duel for Number Three

New Addition Edition

A good month for the Swiss EV Market, with 191 sales, with the EV Share rising to 0,76%, thanks to the addition of the Outlander PHEV, which for me was a bit like the "Elephant in the Room", because i imagined that it would sell well in the alpine Switzerland, and effectively it does sell like hot cakes, so much so that it steals the leadership from the Tesla Model S! 

Tesla will probably recapture the Top Spot with the AWD Model S (And Future Model X), but until then, Mitsubishi is the Top Dog.

Next Moby Dick to be captured? VW Golf GTE, it should be a sales hit in the power-hungry Switzerland.

The Renault Zoe impressed last month, selling 41 units, its Personal Best this year and dangerously closing in on the #3 BMW i3 in the YTD chart, with only 8 units separating both, anything can happen in the last month on the year. 

In the rest of the ranking, the Nissan Leaf made another good month, selling 16 units, the Opel Ampera had a stock clearance month, selling (probably) their last 11 units available, while the BMW i8 continues to impress, setting another personal record by selling 12 units, securing it another #6 position in the Monthly Ranking and rising one position to #9 in the YTD ranking.



PlSwitzerlandNov.2014%'13Pl
1
2
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV e)
Tesla Model S
40
33
400
390
20
20
N/A
2
3BMW i319333176
4Renault Zoe41325171
5Renault Twizy 1014673
6Nissan Leaf169754
7Mitsubishi I-Miev57545
8Opel Ampera116337
9BMW i812442N/A
10Chevrolet Volt
3627
11Porsche 9184131N/A
12McLaren P11121N/A
13Fisker Karma11119
14
15
Citröen C-Zero
Peugeot iOn
1

8
7
0
0
10
11

TOTAL1911.960100

Source: auto-suisse.ch; http://www.aboutfleet.ch/news.php?id=691

Monday, December 15, 2014

Germany November 2014

Charging Up

Young Stars Edition

The German EV market is always heavy on surprises, and this month proves that again: After a surprise win last August, right in its first sales month, the Audi A3 e-Tron followed it with two unremarkable performances, selling only 28 units, but in November sales blasted through the roof again and reached 157 units, securing it another monthly Best Seller trophy.

The #2 Renault Zoe also had a good result (146 units), while in Third arrived the Smart Fortwo ED, with 133 units. 

In #5 we get another surprising visitor, with the Merc B-Class ED sales finally starting to gain speed, selling 63 units.


PlModel
Sales  
1Audi A3 e-Tron157
2Renault Zoe146
3Smart Fortwo ED133
4BMW i3126
5Mercedes B-Class ED63

Looking at the YTD ranking, the first positions had one relevant change with the of the Renault Zoe to #4, but it's below the #9 that changes appear...

The Audi A3 e-Tron jumps two positions to #10 (And #2 in the PHEV market), while its VW counterpart, the Golf GTE, jumps three positions to #13, the Merc B-Class ED rises to #17 and finally the Porsche Cayenne PHEV is also up to #19. 

All these new stars promise to shake up the market in 2015, especially the A3 e-Tron, as it is already fighting with the current Top Dogs.


PlGermanyNov.YTD'14%'13 Pl
1BMW i3 *1262.128185
2Smart Fortwo ED1331.419121
3Volkswagen e-Up! e)591.293119
4Renault Zoe1461.06592
5Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV519848N/A
6Nissan Leaf3878473
7Tesla Model S5764968
8Renault Twizy e)2055554
9Volkswagen e-Golf e)505515N/A

10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
31

Audi A3 e-Tron
Volvo V60 Plug-In
BMW i8
Volkswagen Golf GTE e)
Porsche Panamera Plug-In
Toyota Prius Plug-In
Mitsubishi I-Miev
Mercedes B-Class ED
Opel Ampera
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In
Mercedes S500 Plug-In
Renault Kangoo ZE
Peugeot iOn
Porsche 918 
Citröen C-Zero
Nissan e-NV200
Ford Focus Electric
Volvo C30 Electric
Kia Soul EV
Chevrolet Volt
Volkswagen XL1 e)
Renault Fluence ZE
Citröen Berlingo EV
157
14
62
62
18
10
8
63
11
40
18

1

1
8


1

1
2

412
367
361
167
140
130
114
107
101
78
61
33
30
28
28
28
19
17
13
11
6
3
1

4
3
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

N/A
11
N/A
N/A
16
N/A
10
N/A
6
N/A
N/A
N/A
13
N/A
7
N/A
14
N/A
N/A
15
N/A
12
N/A
TOTAL1.15711.683100

* - 57 Bev + 69 Rex


Source: kba.de

e) Estimate

Sunday, December 14, 2014

China November 2014 (Updated)

The facelifted BAIC E200 EV, formerly known as E150 EV

Corrected Edition

Looking at last month numbers, the BYD Qin continues to grow, albeit more slowly (Up 49 units regarding last month), the #3 Zotye E20 had a somewhat poor performance, selling only 381 units (Worst result since May), but it's still hoping to displace the now discontinued Chery QQ3 EV from the Second Spot.

The surprise of the month came from BAIC, its refreshed E150 EV, now called E200 EV, reached for the first time the four-digit sales area, selling 1.040 units, placing it in Second on the November ranking and enabling it to rise to #5 in the YTD table. Just to compare numbers, in 2013 BAIC had sold only 710 E150's... 


Editor's Note - After the confusion generated by wrong Kandi numbers, i've decided it´s better to leave Kandi out of the ranking, their numbers just aren't as reliable as BYD, for example, and besides, they create background noise that diverts attention from the overall picture. If their numbers (Beyond the Quarlerly results) become easier and more reliable to find, i will gladly include them here.


PlChinaOct  YTD%'13Pl
1BYD Qin1.75312.928299
2
3
4
5
6
Chery QQ3 EV e)
Zotye E20
Tesla Model S e)
BAIC E150/E200 EV
BYD e6
100
381
500
1.040
229
6.416
5.844
4.149
2.619
2.432
14
13
9
6
5


1
N/A
N/A
5
3


TOTAL e)5.00045.000100

e) Estimate

Source: http://www.chooseauto.com.cn/; seekingalpha.com

UK September 2014 (2nd Update)


Record Edition

Thanks to an article on Inside EV's (Hat Tip), i can now post a more complete and accurate article regarding UK sales.

3.093 plug-ins were sold last month in the UK, not only it has broken its record by a mile (The previous record was around 1.000 units), but it is only the third market in Europe to reach such heights (The others were Norway and the Netherlands), as consequence, the EV Share jumped to 0,42%, well above the 0,16% recorded last year.

The Leaf sold 851 units last month, its best performance ever in any european market, while the Outlander PHEV made a dutch-like performance, selling in the four digits area.

Regarding the rest of the ranking, the BMW i3 had an expected warm welcome, with brits preferring the assurance of Rex to avoid range anxiety, Tesla is already #4, while the Renault Zoe is also selling well.

Behind these newcomers, in #6 we have the Vauxhall Ampera, which is experiencing something of a second youth, with three months to go, it is already outselling its 2013 score (260 units) and it's closing in on its personal best score (455 sales) achieved in 2012. Ironically, the Ampera is living its last moments before crossing the Hades of the Auto Industry...It will be missed, especially in this market.

Who is showing some wrinkles is the Prius Plug-In, it was #2 last year, but for the moment is only #7, with half the sales it had last year.

A promising start for the Nissan e-NV200, already in #8, it looks that Nissan feels at home in this market.

Finally, in #9 we have the expensive Volvo V60 Plug-In and in #10 the BMW i8, a car that has a waiting list that exceeds one year...

PlUKSept  YTD%'13Pl
1Nissan Leaf8512.969331
2Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV1.2002.72631N/A
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

BMW i3 *
Tesla Model S
Renault Zoe
Vauxhall Ampera
Toyota Prius Plug-In
Nissan e-NV200
Volvo V60 Plug-In
BMW i8
Others
300
150
50
30
25
85
30
40
362
874
478
457
405
276
215
141
107
684
10
5
5
5
3
2
2
1
9
12
N/A
N/A
3
2
N/A
5
N/A


TOTAL3.0939.227100

e) Estimate

* - 374 Bev + 500 Rex

Source: smmt.co.uk; samochodyelektryczne.org; insideevs.com

France November 2014

Want to know what a Goupil is? Just take a look at this...

Normal Edition

In the midst of a falling French Auto market, the EV market niche is holding on, selling 1.331 units, a 6% increase over the same month last year, which took the EV Share to increase slightly to 0,86%. 

With the French Government now surprisingly going against diesel cars, it looks that electric cars could take advantage of it and grow significantly next year, a welcome move for Renault, now that the Zoe is growing again, but Peugeot-Citröen seem to have been caught with their trousers down, as the Mitsubishi-PSA electric joint-venture future looks uncertain, to say the least.   

Looking at the monthly models ranking, the front runners are in their the usual 1-2-3 distribution (Zoe-Kangoo ZE-Leaf), with a surprise Fourth, as the LCV Goupil enters the Top 5 with 73 units sold, its best result since July '13, while Bolloré ends in #5, making an almost 100% homegrown ranking, with only the japanese Leaf spoiling the picture. Although, as part of Renault-Nissan Alliance, one can say that there are french electrons running through their batteries...



PlModelSales  
1
Renault Zoe
689
2Renault Kangoo ZE166
3Nissan Leaf94
3Goupil73
5Bolloré Blue Car 62

In the YTD table, the top positions continued the same, with the only changes happening at the lower half of the ranking, with the Kia Soul EV rising to #20 and the BMW i8 finally appearing on the radar at #23 and 8 units sold in November.

Another model showing up was the Porsche 918, registering its first unit in France. 


PlFranceNov.YTD%'13Pl
1Renault Zoe6894.909351
2Renault Kangoo ZE 1662.336172
3Nissan Leaf941.468113
4Bolloré Blue Car621.07084
5Mit. Outlander PHEV e)457075N/A
6BMW i3 *40543413
7Smart Fortwo ED2246537
8Renault Twizy e)
40
46135
9Goupil  7341136
10Volkswagen e-Up!15246215
11Tesla Model S 22242218
12Peugeot iOn10206111
13Citröen C-Zero4151112
14
15
16
17
17
19
20
21
21
23
24
25
26
27
27
27
Nissan e-NV200
Opel Ampera
Volkswagen e-Golf e)
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Peugeot Partner EV e)
Citröen Berlingo EV e)
Kia Soul EV
Toyota Prius Plug-In e) 
Porsche Panamera Plug-In
BMW i8
Mia Electric
Ford Focus Electric
Renault Fluence ZE
Mc Laren P1
Fisker Karma
Porsche 918
13

2

5

15


8





1
142
120
73
72
72
66
58
43
43
21
11
8
5
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
N/A
16
N/A
9
N/A
N/A
N/A
8
14
N/A
10
22
19
N/A
21
N/A

TOTAL1.33113.952100

e) Estimate

 * - 8 Bev + 32 Rex



Source: Avere France; Avem.fr

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Norway November 2014 (Updated)

Volkswagen is now the Best Selling brand 

Volkswagen Charges Ahead Edition

Another average sales month in Norway, with 1.552 EV's sold, in fact, the growth curve seems to be flattening, with a measly 6% rise regarding the same month last year. With 14% in EV share, it looks that the stratospheric growth from previous years (0,6% EV Share in 2010, 1,6% in 2011, 3,12% in '12, 6,1% in '13 and 14,1% now) doesn't seem to be happening next year.
  
Volkswagen made a strong attack (The e-Golf was #2 and the e-Up! #3) to Nissan's leadership in the Manufacturers ranking and removed the japanese automaker (With 25% vs 24%) from the throne for the first time since 2012, making Norway the first country to ever crown VW as the Best Selling EV brand. 

Looking elsewhere in the monthly ranking, we can see Tesla rising back to form (202 units, best month since June), and with the all-important AWD versions coming soon, it will be interesting to see how they will behave in the near-term.

PlModelSales  
1
Nissan Leaf
311
2Volkswagen e-Golf278
3Volkswagen e-Up! e)210
4Tesla Model S202
5BMW i3156

In the YTD ranking, the podium is very much solid, but the Fourth Place is still open, as the lead of 121 units that the BMW i3 has on the VW e-Golf could very well be undone in the last month of the year.

Below the Top 6, the fight for #7 has a lot of competitors, with only 40 units between the #7 Citröen C-Zero and the #10 Kia Soul EV, if i had to bet my money as who would win the race, the choice would be the Renault Zoe, because it is improving more and more each passing month and i wouldn't be surprised if it reached a new personal best in December.

At the bottom of the ranking, the BMW i8 sold three units and surpassed the Opel Ampera, reaching an unremarkable #20, it seems that Norwegians aren't all that impressed with the german sports car...

PlNorwayNov.YTD '14%'13Pl
1Nissan Leaf3114.428241
2Tesla Model S2023.773202
3Volkswagen e-Up! e)2102.784153
4BMW i31561.9201013
5Volkswagen e-Golf 2781.7479N/A
6Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV1141.4568N/A
7Citroen C-Zero337029
8Mitsubishi I-Miev
36624
9Renault Zoe1023452N/A
10
11
Kia Soul EV e)
Peugeot iOn
130
17
330
271
2
1
N/A
10
12Peugeot Partner EV e)1019217
13
14
14
16
17
Ford Focus Electric
Nissan e-NV200 e)
Citröen Berlingo EV e)
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Toyota Prius Plug-In

5
5
5

169
67
65
47
36
1
0
0
0
0
11
N/A
N/A
5
6
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Renault Twizy
Renault Kangoo ZE
BMW i8
Opel Ampera
Renault Fluence ZE
Smart Fortwo ED
Chevrolet Volt


3




27
26
19
18
8
5
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
8
N/A
12
N/A
16
N/A

TOTAL1.55218.472