Thursday, November 25, 2021

Articles on Autovista24 - November update

 My articles as guest writer at Autovista24:

The Netherlands – where charging stations grow like tulips

How Norway and pop band A-ha paved the way for electric-car adoption

Can the Mercedes-Benz EQS break the spell of Tesla domination?


  1. Goodevening Jose Pontes: Nice to see another article in this site.
    Happy to share that Tesla sold 241,300 units (Model S/X: 9,275 and Model 3/Y: 241,300) in 2021-Q3. Per my calc, Tesla sales crossed 2 million mark.

    You wrote in that page
    16.8kWh/km WLTP
    I believe its 16.8kWh/ 100 km WLTP. Thats why I keep saying that better retail km / kWh since km is unit of distance and kWh is unit of electricity.

    Anyway coming to EQS, 1st of all, its going to cannibalize S Series with a rapid movement from oil to electricity. plugin share is 19% (China) and 22% (Europe) per your articles in CT.

    At the price of $103K, its way more than Tesla Model S price of 90K. Agreed its much bigger and probably has higher range, but we should ask whether MB will sell base trim in higher #, let alone selling that model in higher #. We have seen many compliance cars come and go because legacy automakers are just selling to ensure that new automakers dont steal the limelight. Nio, Xpeng have set records and waiting for BYD sales. Lets see.

    Waiting for your global sales for 2021-Aug.

  2. Hi Famlin, Global August update coming next weekend

  3. Also, although the EQS is not meant to go after the Model S, that role is reserved to the smaller and cheaper EQE, i believe the EQS will sell well in its category, maybe reaching 20,000 units/year, once production ramp up is in full swing.

  4. Mercedes is known for its class and elegance and it will definitely surpass the Tesla in the coming years.

    1. The first signs of the EQS are positive, according to Mercedes, the EQS is selling as fast as the current generation S-Class, if this is true, it means not only the EQS is a success, but it also serves as a good omen for the EQE's gigantic responsability: replace in the future the Mercedes E-Class, and sell in the hundreds of thousands of units per year.

  5. Yes, nice to see Netherlands charging stations growing fast.
    In USA, there are 45,000+ charging stations with 112,000+ connectors.
    Goal to install 500,000 stations should give a big boost. Recently, Ford has also started installing Tesla like charging stations of their own.

    My Leaf-2013 mileage of 84 miles (135 km) drops to just around 70 miles (120 km) in winter. I have to do 62 miles (100 km) to pickup and drop my son in train station and for my office commute. I dont want it to come to 8 miles (13 km) reserve. So I stop by Chargepoint to charge my vehicle for 30 minutes. I have to make some compromise by using heating to the minimum. Thats ok for the sake of planet.

    1. Currently i live in Belgium, close to the Dutch border, and going to the Netherlands is a true Charging Nirvana, service areas on highways always have multiple fast-charging stations, so there's really no need for planning trips when going there. That's not the case when going down to France, for example...

      Once fast-charging stations become so common as fuel stations, charging anxiety starts to become a thing of the past.

      BTW, congrats on the ideal use of your Leaf!