|BMW X3 PHEV: a future star?|
23% share in April, 27% in 2020
We start the month in Sweden, despite de Covid pandemic, local authorities haven't imposed a lockdown, advocating social distancing measures, as a consequence of this, the local plug-in market hasn't suffered as much as others, jumping to 4.270 registrations, and because the overall market fell 38%, April scored a 23% share for plugins (5,5% for BEVs only), sliding the 2020 PEV share down by 1%, to 27% (7,9% BEV). Currently BEVs only represent 29% of plugin sales.
Looking at the remaining fuels, diesel continues to drop, now at 25% share (38% a year ago), so at this pace, diesel sales will be dead by 2023...Petrol market share is also down, from 44% last year, to the current 38%, while plugless hybrids grew from 6% to 9% share.
Looking at last month Best Sellers, the Volvo midsizer twins, the S/V60 PHEV, were last month leaders, with 429 registrations, with the VW Passat GTE following right behind, with 410 units.
Volvo S/V60 PHEV
VW Passat GTE
Kia Optima PHEV
Kia Niro PHEV
BMW X3 PHEV
On the 2020 ranking, it was a slow month, the podium positions remained the same, while the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV recovered the 4th spot, now making 4 PHEVs in the top positions, and soon it can be 5, as the Kia Niro PHEV is now only 15 units behind the #4 Tesla Model 3.
But BEVs have good news elsewhere, with the Audi e-Tron climbing another position, this time to #8, while the Renault Zoe is now #10, up one spot.
Also, two of the three newcomers of the month were BEVs, with the Hyundai Kona EV and Tesla Model S rejoining the table, while the new plugin hybrid in the table is the Kia Ceed PHEV, that jumped to #18, thanks to a record 140 registrations, taking advantage of its unique positioning in the market, as it is the only plugin compact station wagon, a hot commodity in a station wagon-friendly market.
Outside the Top 20, besides the aforementioned BMW X3 PHEV, its smaller sibling, the X1 PHEV, is also making itself noticed, with 55 units, while Ford(!) has a strong candidate to a Top 20 spot, with its Kuga PHEV, with the compact SUV registering 97 units last month.
Finally, a reference to the record 62 deliveries of the VW e-Up!, after all these years, the old formula continues true: > battery = > sales.