Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Netherlands October 2018

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Boatloads of i-Pace are now being delivered here 

Jaguar i-Pace (finally) steps up the pace

October had 2,058 plugin registrations, up 147% YoY, which translates in a PEV Share of 6.8%, and pulls the year to date count to 17,035 units, with the 2018 PEV share now growing to 4.3%.

This good market performance was the result of several good individual results, starting with the Best Seller of the Month, the Nissan Leaf, that registered 360 units, the nameplate best result in its 7 year career in Dutch lands, while the #2 Tesla Model S delivered 257 units, its best first-month-of-quarter result ever, which is particularly impressive, as by now it should have been feeling the long shadow of the Model 3. Apparently it isn't, so we can expect another 1,000-plus performance next December.

Interestingly, the 91 Tesla Model X deliveries also represented the nameplate best first-month-of-quarter performance here, so we can expect at least some 600 deliveries in December for the Sports-Minivan-SUV, which could make Tesla reach 2,000 deliveries in one month. And the Model 3 is still to cross the Atlantic...

Of course, maybe the higher taxation of expensive BEVs next year might have something to do with it, but it's not Tesla fault if others aren't in place to profit from the current sales fever...Which takes us to the Jaguar i-Pace.

The British SUV has finally surpassed its initial production hell constraints and is now fulfilling against the clock the thousands of orders it has in this market, having delivered 209 units last month, which should be just the sample of what will happen in December (do i hear 1,000-plus deliveries?).

One thing is certain, with Tesla and Jaguar (and others?) going at full speed next December, the BEV Share should hit historic levels in December, maybe even crossing into two digits… 

Elsewhere, the #3 VW e-Golf also shined, by delivering 238 units, its best result since January, while the BMW i3 closed the Top 5, with 175 registrations, the nameplate best result since 2015.

Nissan Leaf
Tesla Model S
VW e-Golf
Jaguar i-Pace
BMW i3

Looking at the 2018 ranking, while the Top 6 positions remained the same, the Renault Zoe recovered (for good?) the #7 spot from the hands wheels of the Opel Ampera-e (Euro-spec Chevrolet Bolt), while the other change on the Top 10 was the #9 Volvo XC60 PHEV surpassing the Porsche Panamera PHEV, thanks to a record 119 deliveries, allowing it to be the new Best Selling PHEV. Should the Swedish midsize SUV win the category this year, it will succeed in the PHEV throne to its larger sibling, the XC90 PHEV, that won the 2017 title. 

Just outside the Top 10, we have three models on the rise, with the Jaguar i-Pace joining the ranking in #11, and the British SUV is now going after a Top 5 spot, while Hyundai is hoping to get more Kona EV units to reach at least #11 this year, and the 3 times Best Seller (2013; '14; '15) Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV rose two positions to #13, thanks to 84 deliveries, the model best result in 22 months.

In the manufacturers ranking, Tesla (33%, down 6%) is the undisputed leader, with Nissan (14%) hanging on in Second Place, while the race for Third Spot has now Volkswagen (10%, up 1%) on the podium, ahead of BMW and Hyundai (9%).

Source: RAI Vereniging


  1. Jose,

    It's very well possible that the top 10 in The Netherlands will consist of 10 BEV's at the end of 2018.


    1. True, it will depend on the local Hyundai importer ability to "steal" enough units from the Hyundai factory to reach the Volvo XC60 PHEV.

  2. Maarten VinkhuyzenNovember 13, 2018

    Jose, the Netherlands was promised preferential treatment in allocating I-Pace cars because of the change in tax regime in 2019.
    There was talk about 4,000 vehicles in 2018.

    Perhaps the same crazy phenomenon as with the introduction of the Outlander in 2013?

    1. I would think so.

      In December, the Netherlands will be flooded with Teslas and Jags, then January and February will see a low BEV tide, followed in March by another high tide, called Tesla Model 3, that will flood Dutch streets in the following months.

      One thing is certain: Two digit BEV-share will become the norm in The Netherlands, soon.

  3. .. the Model 3 is still to cross the Atlantic... - is it known when the Model 3 is going to be assembled in plant in Tilburg?

    1. I guess they will assemble in Tilburg, like they do with the Model S/X, but a real factory in Europe is still years away.

  4. Jose,

    The Tesla Model 3 will have a CCS Combo inlet in Europe.

    That is fantastic news. Because that means that the charging options for the Tesla Model 3 in Europe will be much greater.

    It's a very wise decision by Tesla.

    This decision will increase the sales potential of the Tesla Model 3 in Europe.

    Too bad that there isn't a Gigafactory in Europe yet.


    1. I agree, and if Tesla continues to offer the Chademo adapter, then a Tesla owner can be capable of charging in every Fast-Charging protocol (Type 2, CCS and Chademo).

      A true "omni-charger"

  5. Sales in the Netherlands seem great in november. Currently 907 I Pace registered, up 639 from the numbers in this blogpost. Seems the end of year numbers will be record shattering for BEV in the Netherlands.