Friday, November 8, 2019

Ukraine October 2019

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Tesla Model 3 rules among new registrations...

...While the Nissan Leaf continues to be the king of used imports

With Ukraine being a little known success story in the EV world, in 2018 the PEV share crossed north of the 1% mark in new car sales, while adding used imports to the tally, the score jumps to 5% of registrations, this country demonstrated a winning formula for the electrification of developing countries: Customs clearance for battery electric vehicles, without paying excise taxes and VAT that allows that the private sector to import used EVs from markets where electric vehicles are common (California, Europe, etc), where old EVs like the Nissan Leaf are cheap, as locals disregard them for having low range and looking sooo-2013.  

This way, these EVs instead of gaining dust in used dealer lots of more developed markets,  they gain a new life in these countries, where their cheap prices and running costs are a boon for customers avid for electric cars, but can't reach to the price of a new EV.

This year, Ukraine continues on the right track, with the EV share of new registrations growing to 1.2% (1.5% with PHEVs included), while on the used imports market, BEVs reach 3.3% (4.1% if we include PHEVs to the tally).

So, who are the heroes of this peculiar market?

Looking at first time registrations, the Tesla Model 3 is the 2019 Best Seller, with  some 160 deliveries, followed by the Nissan Leaf and Jaguar i-Pace(!), both at over 100 units.

Adding used imports (6.259 units), things change significantly, with Ukraine's favorite EV Nissan Leaf representing close to  half of the registrations (2.763 units), followed from a far by the Tesla Model S (499 units) and the Renault Kangoo ZE(!), with 419 units.


  1. Wonderful. Thank you very much for the information.

    The number of new registrations BEV 2018-2019 model year according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs base:

    BRAND MODEL_________Oct____YTD 2019
    1 TESLA M3____________54_____164
    2 NISSAN LEAF_________27_____150
    3 JAGUAR I-PACE_______12_____123
    4 BMW I3, i3s____________5______77
    5 HYUNDAI KONA EV_____5______72
    6 TESLA MX_____________14_____57
    7 HYUNDAI IONIQ________10_____49
    8 TESLA MS_____________3______33
    9 RENAULT ZOE__________0______18
    10 CHEVROLET BOLT EV___4______17
    11 AUDI E-TRON__________4______13
    12 RENAULT KANGOO EV__0______13

  2. You can't even order a Model 3 in Ukraine. So those can absolutely not be anything else than used imports.

    1. Tesla opened the possibility of ordering and paying model3 for Ukraine a year ago.

      "On the Tesla website for the European region, you can now officially buy a car from Ukraine. The country fell into the “Other Europe” section along with Turkey, Romania and other states of the region. It will be necessary to pick up the car from the Netherlands with the declared package of documents, the company does not undertake obligations for delivery to the buyer"

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  3. Jose, Please note in yr blogpost that Ukrainian president Zelensky drive Tesla everyday.

    1. Does he? Nice! Maybe he told that to President Trump?... ;-)

    2. Maarten VinkhuyzenNovember 10, 2019

      That would explain the strained relationship between the two.

  4. if you can’t deliver Model 3 from the Netherlands yourself, then for you Two dozen companies will provide services in the delivery (up to 1,500 euros)

  5. Yep, we just need to wait until used M3 would flood the market and they would conquer Eastern Europe... Unfortunately, it would be not earlier than 3-4 years from now...probably even later, as M3 is not going to decline in prices as fast as Leaf...