|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.
|Tesla Model S|
Ford Focus Electric
Hat tip to Oleg!