Monday, June 18, 2018

Germany May 2018

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Mercedes E350e Shines 

The German PEV passenger car market cooled off somewhat in May, by growing just 24% YoY, to 4,711 registrations, with PHEVs slowing down significantly (+6%), while BEVs continue growing on a healthy pace (+52%). In 2018, with all-electrics are reaching 1% share, while plug-in hybrids  are dropping their share to 0.9%, making a total PEV share of 1.9%.

But the most interesting story on the fuels mix is the Titanic-like drop of diesel vehicles sales, in May sales sank  27%(!), to the benefit of all other kinds of fuels, with diesel now only representing 31% of sales...At this pace, Diesel sales could be dead in this market by 2021...Inconceivable? Well, i thought 27% drops in diesel sales were also unthinkable, and yet…

Looking at May Best Sellers, the Renault Zoe won another Best Seller trophy, but the news of the month were the Mercedes E350e reaching Second Place, with a record 479 units (vs 62 units in May'17), putting that result into context, this number represented 13% of all Merc E-Class sales, which is the category Best Seller, and in May the E350e version outsold the total sales of the Mercedes CLS (343 units). It seems fleet buyers are ditching the classic Mercedes diesel buy, for a PHEV setup with a crappy electric range, now imagine how sales would be if it had a decent range...

Just outside the Top 5, we find the Audi A3 e-Tron, with 228 units, scoring its best performance this year, will this mean that the 2017 Best Seller has got its mojo back?

Renault Zoe
Mercedes E350e
VW e-Golf
BMW i3
Kia Soul EV

In a market known for its constant changes, May delivered plenty to talk about, with several plots and sub-plots, firstly the last month leader Smart Fortwo ED dropped two positions, to Third, to the benefit of the new leader VW e-Golf and runner-up Renault Zoe, both up one position.

But the changes in the front group didn't ended there, the BMW i3 surpassed the Kia Soul EV and is now the new Fourth Placed, but with only 372 units separating the 5 front-runners, there's still a lot to expect from this race until December, almost reminding the best races in Formula E

In the second group, where most models race for the PHEV trophy, big winner was the aforementioned Mercedes E350e, jumping four positions to #6, but with the VW GTE siblings not far off (Passat is just 13 units behing and the Golf, 43 units), it promises also to be an entertaining race to follow. Especially if the recovery-mode (Up 3 positions, to #15)Audi A3 e-Tron joins this group…

But the fun stuff hasn't ended yet, we should also mention that the Nissan Leaf and Kia Niro PHEV both climbed one position, to #12 and #13, respectively, while the Hyundai Ioniq Electric stepped up one position in the ranking, now being #19.

As for Tesla, the only fact worthy of mention were the 88 Model X deliveries, the nameplate best off-peak performance in a year, but far behind the category Best Sellers, like the Mercedes GLE (1,027 units), BMW X5 (731) or even the Volvo XC90 (566).

In the brands ranking, Volkswagen (18%, down 1%) continues in the lead, but BMW (16%) is dangerously close, while the Third Placed Smart (12%, down 1%) is running from Mercedes (11%) and Kia (10%), as it tries to keep its podium place. 


Friday, June 15, 2018

Israel May 2018

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Back from the Dead

After a looong absence, Israel is back at EVS, since then a lot has happened, the Better Place project went belly up, and with it the local plug-in market also disappeared (Down from a 0.4% peak in 2012), but in the meantime, regular HEVs surged and became mainstream, with the current leader in the general ranking being the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, while the Kia Niro is also a Top 10 presence, with Israel becoming a sort of HEV Holy Land, so are PHEVs also surfing the Hybrid wave?   

The response is a loud "YES!", despite BEVs being still a symbolic presence (Basically a couple of dozen Zoe), plug-in hybrids joined the current Hybrid Fever, mostly thanks to the European Premium brands, allowing the PEV market to reach an impressive 1.3% this year.

The current leader is the Volvo XC60 PHEV, followed by two other Midsize SUVs, the Mercedes GLC350e and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, while outside the podium, two other Mercedes make the Top 5.

Just below this Top 5, we find the BMW PHEVs and the Audi A3 e-Tron, all above the three digits. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Switzerland May 2018

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BMW i3 reigns supreme

The Swiss PEV market was up 32% last month, by registering 703 units, placing the 2018 registrations at 3,486 units, up 30% YoY, with the PEV Share at 2.8%.

In an off-peak month for Tesla, it was up for the BMW i3 to pull the market up, with the Bimmer winning May's Best Seller award, by scoring 108 registrations, increasing its lead over the Tesla Model S.

The Renault Zoe is Third, comfortably ahead of the VW e-Golf, making a 100%* Top 4, while the Top 10 has 8 BEVs...You can see where the market is going, right?

In the manufacturers ranking, BMW (25%) profits from the i3 performance and the extensive PHEV lineup to lead, leaving Tesla (14%) and Volkswagen (10%) well behind.

Renaut (9%) is just outside the podium, and could surpass VW anytime soon.

Source: Auto Suisse

* - For the sake of the argument, let's consider the BMW i3 as BEV. After all, the 100% electric version is now outselling the Rex by an order of 3 to 1...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Global May '18 Top 5 - Mid game bet

It seems EVS readers found a new sport, betting on the Global Best Selling models with over 1/2 month still to go...

Anyone interested in betting against?

France May 2018

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Tesla Model S jumps four positions 

The French PEV passenger car market registered 3,099 registrations, up just 4% YoY, with all-electric models growing (slightly) faster than plug-in hybrids (PHEVs +2%, BEVs +5%), something that hadn't been happening lately.

The 2018 PEV share remained stable at 1.8%, with BEVs alone having 1.3% share.

Looking at May Best Sellers, the Zoe collected another win, but registrations were down (-12%) regarding the same month last year, something that the runner-up Nissan Leaf  can't  really complain, due to the new generation, with the Japanese hatchback scoring 375 deliveries, up 40% YoY. 

A new face shows up on the Monthly Top 5, with the Volvo XC60 PHEV ending in Fourth, with 113 registrations

Renault Zoe
Nissan Leaf
BMW i3
Volvo XC60 PHEV
Mercedes GLC350e

In a market known for its stability, the only Top 10 change is the Volvo XC90 PHEV climbing one position to #8, thanks to 100 deliveries, and getting dangerously close to the #6 Kia Soul EV. Will we see two Volvo's in the Top 6?

But it's on the second half of the ranking that the fun stuff happens, first of all, the Tesla Model S jumped 4 places, to #12, thanks to 63 deliveries (same as last year's May), while the BMW X5 PHEV did even better, leaping 5 places, from #18 to #13, while scoring 82 sales, the nameplate best result ever

The VW Golf GTE rejoined the Top 20, in #19, thanks to 46 units (Year best), while a telling change happened in #14, with the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV surpassed its BEV sibling, which seems to confirm rumours that the Korean brand dealerships are trying to divert prospective Ioniq BEV buyers into the PHEV version, as Hyundai tries to prioritize the lower kWh  versions. (1 BEV battery uses as much kWh as 3 PHEVs, allowing it to triple production. And profit, of course). 

In the brands ranking, Renault (36%) continues in the driver seat, followed at a distance by BMW (12%, up 1%) and Nissan (11%). 

1Renault Zoe1085607936
2Nissan Leaf331177911
3BMW i320410766
4Mercedes GLC350e1085733
5Volvo XC60 PHEV1135193
6Kia Soul EV513892
7Smart Fortwo ED683842
8Volvo XC90 PHEV1003752
9VW Passat GTE803632
10Porsche Panamera PHEV653322
11Peugeot iOn633172
12Tesla Model S632952
13BMW X5 PHEV822782
14Hyundai Ioniq PHEV362712
15Hyundai Ioniq Electric202642
16Mini Countryman PHEV82612
17BMW 225xe Active Tourer122542
18Peugeot Partner Tepee EV82181
19VW Golf GTE462141
20Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV412131

Source: Avere France