Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ukraine Full Year 2017 (W/ Imports)

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This cuddly face is winning friends in Ukraine

Leaf #1 if fast growing market

Ukraine continues to impress, beating the odds and growing 68% YoY, by registering 2.697 EVs.

Of those, 85% are used imports, but still, looking just at first time registrations, we get a 0.5% share, which far better than most of its neighboring countries, which do not suffer from the adverse political and economic context that Ukranians have.

But looking at the overall market, adding second hand imports to the equation, EVs now have 1.9% share in Ukraine, which places it on the top tier of countries in Europe, above countries like Germany (1.5%) or France (1.8%).

Looking at the most popular models, the Nissan Leaf continues to by a synonim for "Electric Car" in this market, with 82% of all EV registrations this year belonging to the Nissan model, helped by the fact that the local Nissan dealer finally woke up to the golden nugget they had in their hands.

Second was the BMW i3, that thanks to a significant support from the local importer (Two thirds of sales are first time registrations), allowed it to grow 161% YoY and climb to a podium seat for the first time, in this case, the runner-up position. 

Next are two classics in this market, the Tesla Model S and Ford Focus Electric, both dropping a bit regarding 2016, while in Fifth Place we have a surprise, with the Fiat 500e joining the Top 5 by registering 39 units...Makes you wonder how successful this car would be in Europe, doesn't it? 

If only Fiat management had brains... 

The total EV fleet here already exceeds 4.800 units, and is set to grow exponentially in 2018, from January 1st, 2018, as new and second-hand electric vehicles can be imported to Ukraine from abroad without paying excise and value added tax. Such preferential treatment will be valid for one year.

Given that the import duty was canceled as early as January 1, 2017, the import of a car with electric engines will now not be subject to any taxes at all. 

In addition, the local assembly deputies also stimulated the market of electric taxis and the rent of an electric car.

Nissan Leaf
BMW i3 
Tesla Model S
Ford Focus Electric
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Hat tip to Oleg!



  1. I was really surprised, when I understood how surprisingly developed is an EV Charger network in Ukraine! In 2018 it counts about 166 fast(50kWh) Chademo stations and about 1200 of slow(10kWh). And that is a commercial network:

    I think, that such a fast rate of EV adoption has to be somehow related with cheap electricity+expensive gasoline due to changes in currency course(Ukrainian grivna dropped from 8 UAH for 1 USD in 2014 to 27 UAH for 1 USD in 2017). Plus availability of cheap Leaf, as the price of used Leaf falls down even faster than for the ICE ones... Probably, goverment somehow support EV adoption, to increase its independence from Russia, but I do not have any data about any government incentives in Ukraine yet.

    1. There are no goverment incentives for EV in Ukraine.
      Imports in 2017 are not subject to any taxes except VAT. In 2018, VAT was also canceled.
      1 liter gasoline a95 EURO5 - $1;
      1 liter diesel EURO5 - $1.1;
      1 kWh electric - $0.083 (commercial price for enterprises)
      2-zone home rate, differentiated by periods of time (23: 00-7: 00): day - 0.053 $; night - 0,027 $
      The minimum salary is $ 131.5 per month;
      The average salary in Kiev is $ 373 per month;
      The average salary in Ukraine is $ 238 per month.

    2. Interesting, that the same math does not work for Russia:
      1 liter gasoline a95 EURO5 - $0,73;
      1 liter diesel EURO5 - $0,72;
      2-zone home rate, differentiated by periods of time (23: 00-7: 00): day - 0,11 $; night - 0,032 $
      The average salary in Moscow is $ 1100 per month;
      The average salary in Russia is $ 605 per month.

      Not a big difference in prices(and no import taxes too),but in Russia there have been sold only 88 new EV and 914 used in 2017: twice as less, despite 3x more people and 3x higher(official) salaries...