Tuesday, April 30, 2013

EV Business Case - Q1 2013

Tesla Supercharging Stations: Another Out-of-the-Box feature from Elon Musk firm. 

Now that 95% of this year Q1 data is available and looking at the business case of plug in cars, one can say that the only manufacturer making a profit with electric vehicles is Tesla, not only they are selling more than expected, the start up company is also selling each unit with a higher price than predicted, so the Q1 profit only comes as a natural consequence of that.

The rest of the market is trying not to lose much money in each unit sold, research and development costs are high, prices have to be realistic and the number of units sold are below expectations, with some CEO's discontent with these obstacles.

The truth is that it's a long hard road to electric profitability, but some are closer to than others, Nissan is now nearing 60.000 Leaf's sales (and let's not forget the additional 23.000 batteries sold by teammate Renault), allowing them to recover a good part of the investment and along with other measures, reduce the Leaf's price. Now with the production distributed by three factories, if (and that's a big "IF") they can produce some 2.000 units per factory, we are talking 6.000 units a month and 72.000/year, numbers that can put Nissan on the verge of  EV break even point by the end on 2014.

Will the tiny Spark make a difference on GM's electric strategy?

GM is also taking the same path thanks to the Volt project, but it's lagging behind Nissan, right now they are at 40.000 plus units of the Volt family and this year sales are below 2.000 units/month, as the increased competition dents on Volt sales.

GM has two ways to increase the investment recovery: A price reduction to increase sales (Still too early, maybe for the end of the year) or diversification with new models. With the Chevrolet Spark EV and the upcoming Cadillac ELR arriving this year, this looks to be the path followed by The General. If the ELR doesn't need to be a best seller, because of its premium price, for the Spark they will have to sell a lot of them for the model to be important to the GM EV strategy, and right now those large numbers seem rather questionable. For now the break even point for GM looks at least some three years away, maybe on the 2nd gen Volt...

As for Toyota, despite having sold more than 30.000 units of the Prius PHEV, they're not really that deep into plug-ins, regular hybrids are their (profitable) business and the PHEV version is just an extension of that program, so don't expect for Toyota to present new products in this segment, although putting a plug in a Prius Alpha/V/Plus shouldn't be much of an effort, right? (Wink, wink)

Monday, April 29, 2013

World Top 10 March 2013

The Minicab Miev isn't the most trendy car around, but nevertheless it made into this Top10  

With around 40.000 sales in this Q1, a steady 32% increase over '12 Q1, many changes happened in the global Top 10, if 2012 was the year that the Chevrolet Volt took command and other Plug-In Hybrids made their mark, reaching a 50/50 share, by the end of '13 Q1 pure electrics are bouncing back, with the Nissan Leaf back to #1 (even without the japanese sales taken in account) and Tesla's Model S #2 in March and breathing on Volt's neck for #2 YTD, this translates in a rise of 8% of BEV's share to 58%.

In March the Top 10 welcomes the Mitsubishi Minicab Miev in #10 and Year-to-Date there are three new models, besides the aforementioned Minicab Miev, its stablemate Outlander PHEV is storming all the way up to #4 and the Renault Zoe has also climbed a respectable #7.

Sensible alloys for the practical Ford C-Max

Last years runner-up, the Prius PHEV is down three positions to #5 and the C-Max is in a discreet #9, far from the Top 5 positions it had in the last months of 2012.

Finally, the Renault Twizy is out of the Top10, with the summer on the northern hemisphere is on its way, there is still hope for the seasonal french BEV to climb again on the chart.

By brands, Mitsubishi is up three positions, now in #2 with 19% share (a rise of 12%) and three models in the Top 10, just behind Nissan (20%) and above Chevrolet (14%), Tesla (13%) and Toyota (12%).

Pl.    World Top 10            March '13    YTD   %   Pl.'12
1   Nissan Leaf                         2.912   7.785   20       3
2   Chevrolet Volt (a)                1.776   5.182   14       1
3   Tesla Model S                     2.150   4.762   13       7
4   Mit. Outlander PHEV          1.719   4.304   11    N/A
5   Toyota Prius PHEV             1.364   4.151   11       2
6   Mitsubishi I-Miev (b)              535   2.174     6       5
7   Renault Zoe                         1.206   1.717     5      28    
8   Renault Kangoo ZE                463   1.588     4       6
9   Ford C-Max Energi                494   1.166     3       9
10 Mit. Minicab Miev                  344      719     2      14

(a) - Includes Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera;
(b) - Includes Citröen C-Zero, Peugeot iOn.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

China Full Year 2012

As I've said earlier, it became available new data about the chinese market, enabling to do a best selling chart, as all models here are homegrown,  most some of them are unknown to the international audience,  I've decided to present the best-selling chart in a more visual way:

2013 Chery QQ3 EV
1 - Chery QQ3 EV

Having sold 5.305 units in 2012 of this little runabout, Chery earned the crown for best selling model and brand in the chinese electric cars chart, with a 44% market share.

At just 100 kms, it doesn't have that much of a range, but at some 6.500$ (tax deductions included) it's a bargain.

A series of JAC J3 EV coming as a gift to...
2 - JAC J3 EV

Another surprising presence, the JAC model sold 2.485 units of this compact sedan last year, not bad considering a price on the high side (26.000$) and a range of just 130 kms.

An "american" BYD e6

3 - BYD e6

Probably the most well known electric vehicle Made in China and definetly the most exported, in its home market the compact MPV sold 2.091 units last year, earning it a bit disappointing third place, maybe the reason behind this is a steep price of 33.000$, making it the most expensive of these ranking.

A Toyota Corolla  BYD F3 DM in decals

4 - BYD F3 DM

In its last complete year (It will be replaced by the Qin), the only Plug In Hybrid in this chart sold 1.201 units, not bad considering the dated looks.

Zotye TD100 EV with green stripes
5 - Zotye TD100/5008 EV

Looking like a past generation Daihatsu Terios (Because that's what it is), the little Zotye SUV sold 845 units in '12 and with the arrival of more fierce competition, it looks that it will have a year full of obstacles to overcome in '13.

2013 Mercedes BAIC E150 EV

6 - BAIC E150 EV

Mercedes-Benz chinese partner BAIC sold 645 units of its B-Class derived model, an ironic fact, since it now sold more E150 EV's than electric cars sold by Mercedes...  

Friday, April 26, 2013

Markets Roundup March 2013

Now manufactured in three continents, Leaf sales are rising everywhere

Analyzing EV's charts by countries, there's changes to be reckoned: In the US, the Nissan Leaf is back to #1, in Japan the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In interrupted the Leaf reign and in Canada the Volt had to share the top spot with the Leaf.

There are new leaders also in Denmark (Nissan Leaf), Switzerland (Again the Leaf), Iceland (Prius PHEV) and Estonia (Yet again the Nissan Leaf), these last two countries crowned the I-Miev last year, so this confirms the trend that the tiny japanese BEV can't secure its sales when faced with more competitive competition. And right now the Leaf holds #1 spot in 9* countries, not bad, eh?

Looking at Plug In market share by countries, it´s a mixed bag: While some are jumping north of the 1% barrier (France, Japan and Sweden) and the all important US market is nearing the 0,5% threshold, most of Europe is suffering with the crisis, the plug-in-friendly Netherlands saw electric market share go down from 1,1% last year to 0,6%, Estonia went down too from an amazing 2,4% in 2012 to a paltry 0,1%, crisis battered Spain decreased from 0,24% to just 0,07%, same story in Austria (0,06% instead of 0,30%) and Ireland (0,04% vs 0,23%) and even EU neutral Switzerland saw it's EV market share reduced to 0,25%, down from 0,42 in '12.

5.305 units of the Chery QQ3 EV were sold in China last year

Recently there was available new data regarding EV's in China and the numbers are surprising, there were 12.791 EV sales in 2012 and some 3.175 sales in the first quarter of this year, putting China right next to France as the third largest Plug In market in the world and i'll be giving more info on this in the next days.

Right now, this data is important because adding China to the other three large EV markets (USA, Japan and France), means that the importance of these 4 major markets is tremendous, putting it in perspective, 7 out of 8 plug ins are sold here, making 88% of all EV sales. It doesn't take rocket science to see that much of the future of plug ins will be decided in these four countries.

* - USA, Japan, Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, Australia, Ireland and Estonia

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Switzerland March 2013

Renault Twizy Standard Wheels

Crisis Edition - Chapter Four

Even Switzerland couldn't escape a sales downturn, the total market is down 12% and plug ins dropped even more, leading the market share for EV's to drop to 0,25%, down from 0,40% in 2012.

This March the Nissan Leaf won the leadership by two units from the Renault Twizy, still #1 YTD.

Last year's second, the Opel Ampera, dropped to #5 and just 8% share, surprising numbers given the public perception of the car in Switzerland. Something tells me Opel isn't doing its homework...

Pl    Switzerland    Mar'13   YTD'13     %
1 Renault Twizy 31 50     28
2 Nissan Leaf 33 37     21
3 Mitsubishi I-Miev 12 28     16
4 Citröen C-Zero 1 20     11
5 Opel Ampera 4 14       8
6 Fisker Karma 4 6       3
7 Chevrolet Volt 1 6           3
8 Renault Fluence ZE 0 5       3
9 Peugeot iOn 1 4       2
10 Think City 0 3           2
11 Tesla Roadster 0 3       2
12 Renault Zoe 3 3       2
   TOTAL           90 179    100

Source: auto-suisse-ch

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Netherlands March 2013

Opel Ampera's sporty wheels

Crisis Edition - Chapter Three

The auto dutch market is down 31% and the plug in segment is suffering even more, with its market share shrinking to 0,64%, when in 2012 it was at a healthy 1,1%.

With 144 units sold in March, the Opel Ampera is as always far and away in #1, with the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt exchanging positions this month, with the japanese relegating the american to #3, although the Chevy is still #2 YTD.

The Renault Zoe makes its first appearance, registering three units. Renault has high hopes for the Zoe in the Netherlands, unlike in other euro markets, where it's a dominating force, the french manufacturer is marginal here, scoring just 7% share.

Pl    Netherlands    Mar'13   YTD'13        %
1 Opel Ampera 144 463       63
2 Chevrolet Volt 33 100    14
3 Nissan Leaf 59 88    12
4 Renault Twizy 6 43      6
5 Fisker Karma 11 16      2
6 Peugeot iOn 0 10      1
7 Renault Fluence ZE 2 6      1
8 Citröen C-Zero 2 6      1
9 Renault Zoe 3 3          0
10 Mitsubishi I-Miev 2 3      0
11 Tesla Roadster 0 1      0
   TOTAL 262 739   100

Source: Manufacturers, BSCB

Monday, April 22, 2013

Italy March 2013

Smart Fortwo ED with green alloys

Crisis Edition - Chapter Two

Another market feeling the weight of the economic crisis, with the total number of cars falling 13%, it would be natural that EV's would feel the stinch too, but thanks to the Renault Twizy and Smart Fortwo ED, electric sales actually grew 178% regarding last year, although share is a still symbolic 0,05%. Expect it to grow as the warm weather sets in and people go for the summer-friendly Twizy...

Looking at the models ranking, there were only three models selling significantly: The Twizy holds on to #1,  selling 93 units YTD, in second the Nissan Leaf sells a mere 34 units and thanks to a good sales month in March (20 units), the Smart Fortwo ED jumps to #3, staying now just 12 units behind the sales it had in the whole of 2012 and promising a good year for the tiny Daimler EV representative.

Pl          Italy    Mar'13   YTD'13
March'12   13 vs '12
1 Renault Twizy 43 93       a)       a)
2 Nissan Leaf 8 34          6    33,33%
3 Renault Fluence ZE 5 8               0       -
4 Citröen C-Zero 0 1        6 -100,00%
5 Peugeot iOn 2 6      13   -84,62%
6 Smart Fortwo ED 20 25        3   566,67%
7 Tesla Roadster 0 2        0       -
    TOTAL           78169      28    178,57%

a) Data not available

Source: Manufacturers, greenstart.it

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spain March 2013

Funky Wheels for an airy, funky car. Will this image become a common sight?

Crisis Edition - Chapter One

With a global car market drop in Spain of 14%, the niche EV market suffered even more, with sales dropping 75% regarding last year. The surprising exception to this trend was the Mitsubishi I-Miev, selling 57 units in Q1, more than it did in the whole 2012 (31 units). With 46 of those 51 units being sold in March, something tells me that there might be a fleet deal behind these good numbers...

The other model to have significant sales in this horrible Quarter was the Renault Twizy with 39 sales, itself down 60% regarding last years performance. In third was the Nissan Leaf with...7 units sold.

Pl       Spain Mar'13       YTD'13
1 Mitsubishi I-Miev 46 57
2 Renault Twizy 10 39
3 Nissan Leaf 2 7
4 Smart Fortwo ED 1 6
5 Toyota Prius Plug-In 5
6 Opel Ampera 3
7 Renault Kangoo ZE 1
8 Renault Fluence ZE 1
9 Chevrolet Volt 1 1
TOTAL              60 120

Source: Manufacturers, Autoblog Español

Saturday, April 20, 2013

France March 2013

2013 Renault Zoe with some sensible alloys 

Zoe Edition

With a record 1.734 sales and 1,12% share, two thirds of it (1.089) belonging to the new Zoe, the french EV market steps up for another record year, a greater achievement considering that the overall market is declining 16%.

We have to question how high will the new french supermini have to get to be considered a sales success, in my view 500 sales/month would be a minimal number, 1.000 would be good and anything above 1.500 would be a resounding hit for Renault.

In a distant second was Zoe's utilitarian cousin, the Kangoo ZE at a stable 319 sales, with the Alliance cousin Nissan Leaf achieving third place, reaching the hundreds threshold for the first time since October.

Down the ranking there are many models suffering from the arrival of Renault's new Zoe, like the I-Miev triplets (C-Zero down 86%, iOn - 11% and the I-Miev is still at zero in '13), Bolloré (-80%), Mia Electric (-37%) or even their own Renault's Fluence ZE (-95%).

Pl    France   Mar'13   YTD'13 March'12   13 vs '12
1 Renault Zoe 1.089 1.599       N/A        N/A
2 Renault Kangoo ZE 319 1.051                 a)          a)
3 Nissan Leaf 101 224          95     6,32%
4 Bolloré Blue Car 50 158        261  -80,84%
5 Renault Twizy 58 133           a)          a)
6 Smart Fortwo ED 45 115            0           -
7 Mia Electric 22 79            35  -37,14%
8 Peugeot iOn 38 69          34    11,76%
9 Opel Ampera 5 27             a)                 a)
10 Citröen C-Zero 3 22          22      -86,36%
11 Chevrolet Volt 1 6         a)           a)
12 Fisker Karma 1 6         a)           a)
13 Renault Fluence ZE 1 5          20   -95,00%
14 Tesla Roadster 1 1                   0           -
15 Mitsubishi I-Miev 0 0            1    -100,00%
      TOTAL 1.734 6.990           468   270,51%

a) Data not available

Source: Automobile Propre, Manufacturers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Australia March 2013

2013 Chevrolet Holden Volt

Like in the UK and other countries, the complete australian sales data is only available in every Quarter of the Year, so i can now post EV sales from down under.

With just 78 sales in a market of 300.000, plug in sales represent a marginal share (0,03%) and still have a long way to go, but the truth is that in 2012 Q1, EV sales counted just 3 units...

The Nissan Leaf is going strong at #1 with 36 units and looking to finally get the best seller crown away from the Mitsubishi I-Miev, holder of that trophy since 2010.

In second comes the Holden Volt, failing to fulfill the initial promises (In the last two months of 2012 it sold 80 units), selling just 27 cars in three months.

Finally in third, the I-Miev, with just 15 cars sold, is starting to fall behind, but we are only at the end of the first quarter and the numbers are still small, so it will have lots of opportunities to catch their opponents until the end of the year.

Pl     Australia   YTD '13   YTD'12
1 Nissan Leaf 36 0
2 Holden Volt 27        N/A
3 Mitsubishi I-Miev 15 3
TOTAL 78 3

Data: Manufacturers, BSCB

Monday, April 15, 2013

Where's Wally? - Looking for EV's in The Netherlands

Nissan Leaf Charging

In the Netherlands the title of this post lost a bit of sense, because i didn't had to look for them, as they were about everywhere, especially white Opel Ampera's, but also Plug in Prius (PiP) and some Leaf's and Mitsubishi i-Miev's.

Opel Ampera - A company favorite due to tax benefits and sweet deals made by Opel, they are now part of the auto landscape, being driven by young executives of both genders and wanting to show their green credentials.

Toyota Prius Plug in -  Also fairly common here, the first posterchild of greeness is also favored by companies interested in tax rebates. It is said that many of these plug-ins are used purely as hybrids because their drivers have fuel payed by their companies, so they don't bother on plugging them...

Fisker Karma -  I only saw one example of this handsome beast, a grey one parked in downtown Rotterdam, at the time i remembered Fisker's sales success in the Netherlands and the taste that dutch drivers have for stylish cars, realizing then: "Tesla will be sooo welcome here!..." 

Mitsubishi I-Miev family and Nissan Leaf - Limited to urban areas, they are still a rare sight and fail to ignite interest from company and private buyers alike.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Japan February 2013

Some nice alloys for the Outlander PHEV

With a month delay, i can report on the japanese EV market, the second largest in the world and in a upwards trend, in February there were a record 5.428 plug in sales, translating in an also record 1,59% market share, only second to the champion Norway in EV popularity.

The news this month was the rise to #1 of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in its only second month in the market, staying just 7 units behind the Nissan Leaf on the YTD count.

In third comes the Prius Plug-in, followed at a distance by the Mitsubishi I-Miev and the Minicab Miev.

By brands, Mitsubishi benefits from the Outlander to top the ranking possibly for the first time since...2010!

Pl.           Japan           Feb        YTD    %
1 Nissan Leaf 1.455 2.592    31
2 Mitsu. Outlander Plug-In 2.079 2.585    31
3 Toyota Prius Plug-In e) 1.200 2.300    28
4 Mitsubishi I-Miev 377 456      5
5 Mitsubishi Minicab Miev 317 375      5
            TOTALS 5.428 8.308 100

e) - Estimate

Source: Manufacturers, evn.blog.eonet.jp

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Norway March 2013

Straightforward alloys in the Mitsubishi I-Miev

The Nissan Leaf goes from strength to strength in Norway, hitting yet another record in sales (297 units) and placement (4th) in the overall market, with the Leaf starting to be build in Sunderland, UK and the price drop that comes with it, it looks like the Nissan will climb even higher in the ranking.

On the other hand, it seems that every other car in this segment is suffering from the competition of the Leaf, as they all lose sales regarding 2012, this being the reason for the EV market to register a growth of just 4,88% and the share of plug ins being stable at 3,1-3,2% share.

This share will surely grow when the Model S from Tesla arrives, so expect for Norway to be in the forefront of EV market share for quite some time.

Pl Norway March'13   YTD'13  March'12  13 vs '12
1 Nissan Leaf 297 849   179             65,92%
2 Mitsubishi I-Miev 40 129   83-51,81%
3 Citröen C-Zero 2 26   28  -92,86%
4 Peugeot iOn 2 26   25 -92,00%
5 Opel Ampera 2 18   4 -50,00%
6 Mia Electric 0 3   0    0,00%
7 Tesla Roadster 1 1   4 -75,00%
8 Think City 0 1   5                  0,00%
9 Fisker Karma 0 1   0    0,00%
  TOTAL 344 1.054   328    4,88%

Source: BSCB, Manufacturers

I have wandered for some time on the reasons that plug ins are so popular in Norway, after some digging I've found the government incentives that support this popularity:

1. Gasoline and diesel is heavily taxed here. First with fixed amounts per liter, and on top of that 25% VAT. The result is that a US gallon of gasoline costs around USD8.8.

2. Electricity is cheap. Average over the year is USD0.13/kWh. (This includes VAT and other taxes.)

3. ICE cars are even more heavily taxed. A Volkswagen Golf starts at USD41k. And that's a fairly small fuel efficient car. The taxes are based on weight, hp, CO2 and NOX, so something like a BMW M5 starts at USD304k.

4. EVs are exempt from all purchase taxes, VAT and all.

5. EVs can drive in the bus/taxi-lanes, and since Oslo is one of the more congested cities in Europe, that is a very good selling point. A newspaper here raced an EV against a gas car recently, in rush traffic, and the EV arrived 45 minutes earlier than the gas car. That was a typical commuter route. 1.5 hours per day, around 270 working days per year means 405 hours saved per year.

6. EVs pay a significantly reduced annual registration fee. USD73 instead of USD518.

7. EVs don't pay toll road fees or ferry fees. For a typical commuter, this can be USD2,000 per year.

8. The government has invested significant amounts in charging infrastructure and EV parking, all of which is free to the user.

9. EVs get free parking on any public parking space. In central Oslo, this can be worth USD2,500 per year for a typical commuter.

10. If you use an EV for work, the employer compensation tariff is 30% better.

11. If used as a company car, the valuation for tax purposes is halved.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Canada March 2013

2013 Chevrolet Volt alloys

Like in its southern neighbor, the canadian EV market had a good month in March, reaching the 218 record sales it had last December. Still, in a market of 156.000 cars sold in March, the Plug-In market has a symbolic presence, as the 0,13% share can attest.

This time the Chevrolet Volt has company in #1, as the Leaf beat its record selling month, dating back from December'11, and secured 82 sales, which is more than it had sold in all of the Q1 of 2012...

Will the price drop be enough for japanese BEV to secure the top spot in the coming months?

  Canada Mar YTD'13   YTD'12 13 vs '12
1 Chevrolet Volt 82 177   134 32,09%
2 Nissan Leaf 82 156   68 129,41%
3 Toyota Prius Plug-In 28 86   N/A N/A
4 Mitsubishi I-Miev 26 35   46 -23,91%
  TOTAL 218 466   248 87,90%

Source: Good Car Bad Car

Thursday, April 4, 2013

USA March 2013

Stylish turbine alloys in the Tesla Model S

Records Edition.

While December '12 still holds the record for the best selling month in the US, this March came pretty close to beat it, at 7.881 units sold, just 38 units behind last December. As consequence, the Plug-In share rose to 0,48%, more than doubling share of March '12 (0,21%).

With this almost record month there were several models breaking records, starting with this month's leader, the Nissan Leaf, shooting from 653 units in February to 2.236 in March and doubling its sales regarding last year.

Another record breaker, and in this case by the seventh month in row, the Model S from Tesla grows its sales to 2.150 cars, enough to keep him in #1 YTD, an astonishing feat considering it costs at least 60.000$...

Further down the ranking there were more record breaking, starting with the Focus Electric (180 units), the RAV4 EV (133 units) and the fresh kids Accord Plug-In (26 units) and Fusion Energi (295 units).

The early sales from Ford's midsize sedan look promising, this is a model to watch closely in the coming months, just like the Nissan Leaf, it will be interesting to see if it can keep a strong pace in the next months and force GM and Toyota to start discounting more the Volt and the PiP.

Pl USA       Mar    YTD'13   YTD'12 13 vs '12
1 Tesla Model S 2.150 4.750   N/A N/A
2 Chevrolet Volt 1.478 4.244   3.915 8,40%
3 Nissan Leaf 2.236 3.539   1.733 104,21%
4 Toyota Prius Plug-In 786 2.353   912 158,00%
5 Ford C-Max Energi 494 1.166   N/A N/A
6 Mitsubishi I-Miev 31 625   136 359,56%
7 Ford Focus Electric 180 419   2 999,99%
8 Ford Fusion Energi 295 414   N/A N/A
9 Toyota RAV4 EV 133 212   N/A N/A
10 Fisker Karma 19 52   a) a)
11 Honda Fit EV 23 46   N/A N/A
12 Honda Accord Plug-In 26 45   N/A N/A
13 Scion iQ EV 30 30   N/A N/A
14 Smart Fortwo ED   2   2 0,00%
TOTAL 7.881 17.897   7.253 146,75%

a) data not available

Source: insideevs.com

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sweden March 2013

New month, new theme: This month, wheels. In the picture, 2013 Nissan Leaf alloys

We start analysing March with the swedish market, down 33% from an all-time record set in February (277 units), but still, at 188 sales, it was the second best Plug-In sales month ever and a stratospheric growth over last year's EV sales (35 units).

In the models ranking, the volvo V60 Plug-in collects another pole position, followed by two models at #2, the Prius Plug-In and the Nissan Leaf.

The new swedish Plug In seems to be affecting the Prius PHEV sales, recording a weak 28 sales this month and letting itself being caught by the Nissan Leaf, who  is having a considerable growth year-on-year, almost tripling its sales.

Further down, the Opel Ampera registers it's first two sales of the year, a shy performance considering that last year it sold an average 7 units per month. Another V60 victim?

This sales surge from plug ins contrasts with the overall car market, down in March 21% to 22.493 units, resulting in a market share of 0,84% for EV's, not much in isolation, but enough to qualify it as one of the markets with higher plug in share, behind Norway and on par with other markets like France, Japan or the Netherlands.

Pl Sweden Mar '13 YTD '13 % YTD '12
1 Volvo V60 Plug-In 117 352 55 N/A
2 Toyota Prius Plug-In 28 137 21 N/A
3 Nissan Leaf 28 83 13 30
4 Renault Kangoo ZE 12 49 8 4
5 Volvo C30 Electric 1 13 2 14
6 Opel Ampera 2 2 0 N/A
7 Citröen C-Zero
2 0 4
8 Chevrolet Volt
1 0 N/A

TOTAL 188 639 100 62

Source: bilsweden.se