Thursday, July 27, 2017

Iceland June 2017

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Renault Zoe is slowly making its way into Iceland's Best Sellers

Another Record Month in High Flying Icelandic Dragon

The Icelandic plug-in market is on the fast track to become the Second market, after Norway, to reach the tipping point of EVs becoming mainstream, with this year sales growing 185%(!) YoY to 1.099 units, after another record month in June, with 267 registrations.

The EV market share is now at 8.1%, being the second highest in the world, with the Second Half of they year usually witnessing higher sales, i would bet that this market will reach a 10% market share by year end.  

This "Second Norway" has the two times winner (2013 & 14) Nissan Leaf in the lead, with 23% share, followed by last year winner Outlander PHEV, a plug-in SUV that suits well local tastes.

Looking at the remaining models, the Volvo XC90 PHEV remains quite popular, remaining in Third Place, while the #4 VW Passat replicates the success it has in other Scandinavian countries.

Rather interesting is this year performance of the Renault Zoe, registering 39 units in 2017, a brilliant number, considering that previously there were only 4 Zoe zooming in Iceland…No doubt the ZE 40 version is increasing the Renault Zoe ambitions.

Speaking of longer range BEVs, the VW e-Golf also benefits from the new, longer range version, to deliver 13 units, its best performance in 22 months, so a Final Year Top 5 position is back on the table for the electric Golf.

In the brands ranking, Nissan (25%) is in the leadership, followed by Mitsubishi (19%) and Volvo (11%), but with Volkswagen (10%) recovering and at the lookout for a podium seat.

Looking at the BEV/PHEV breakdown, all electrics are recovering 5% share regarding last year (37% now vs 32% then), which is in line with what is happening Europe-wise.

Pl
Iceland
June
YTD
%
'16Pl
1
2
3
4
Nissan Leaf
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Volvo XC90 T8
Volkswagen Passat GTE
40
63
16
13
252
214
100
49
23
19
9
4
2
1
5
4
5
Audi A3 e-Tron
28
43
4
11
6
7
8
8
10
11
12
13
13
13
Renault Zoe
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Mercedes GLC350e
Audi Q7 e-Tron
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
Volkswagen e-Golf
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Mercedes GLE500e
Kia Soul EV
19
11
3
13
8
6
13

2
1
39
38
34
34
32
27
24
21
21
21
4
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
N/A
3
12
10
12
15
5
N/A 
9
11
13
17
17
19
BMW i3
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
BMW 330e
Kia Optima PHEV
5
2
5
7
21
19
19
17
2
2
2
2
14
13
N/A
N/A
19
BMW X5 40e
2
17
2
14
21
22
Mercedes C350e
Mercedes B250e
4
1
12
11
1
1
22
24
23
24
25
25
27

Volkswagen e-Up!
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model S
Mercedes E350e
Chevrolet Volt
Others
4




1
8
4
3
3
2
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
18
16
17
24
22

TOTAL
267
1.099
100


Regular Hybrids + Plug-ins Ranking


Pl
Model
June Sales  
1
Mitsu. Outlander PHEV 
63
2
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
40
2
Nissan Leaf
40
4
Audi A3 e-Tron
28
5
5
Renault Zoe
Toyota C-HR Hybrid
19
19

If we add regular hybrids to plug-ins sales, the high share of these last ones is noticeable, as regular hybrids, including the Toyota trio (Yaris and Auris stalwarts, C-HR rebel kid) are taking a beating, with plug-ins selling in the same proportion of HEVs.

In fact, looking at the Top 6 best sellers, we see two representatives of each technology, with two PHEVs (#1 Outlander PHEV and #4 Audi A3 e-Tron), two BEVs (#2 Nissan Leaf and #5 Renault Zoe) and two HEVs (#2 Yaris Hybrid & #5 C-HR Hybrid), as plug-ins continue to increase share, expect at some point in the future that plug-ins to start regularly outselling HEVs.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

China New Models - June 2017

This month we see two important models landing, both at the crossroads of the main trends today: BEVs & SUVs, with BYD betting on its Song EV300 and SAIC on the Roewe eRX5 BEV. 

On other news, the highly ambitious GAC launched not one, but two new models in June: The GA3 PHEV sedan and the GS4 Crossover PHEV. Oh, and Hawtai launched the EV160 city car. If anyone cares for that...

Image result for BYD Song EV300
BYD Song EV300 - Hot on the heels of the PHEV success, BYD launched the BEV version of the Song SUV, with a 48 kWh battery, 300 kms range and 0-100 kms/h in 8.9 secs, thus mimicking the Qin EV300 specs, but on a higher, more practical body. With the PHEV version now selling over 4.000 units/month, the 189 deliveries seem like an underwhelming performance, but i believe in a few months it will be selling at the same pace of the Song PHEV.

Image result for SAIC Roewe eRX5 BEV specs
SAIC Roewe eRX5 BEV - SAIC's Anti-BYD Song, after launching the PHEV, Roewe now released the BEV version of its RX5 SUV, ready to fight the Song EV300 with an equally impressive 48 kWh battery, so expect it to reach easily the four digit area, another question will be if it can do what has been made to do: Outsell BYD's arch-rival ...


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Denmark June 2017



The Light at the end of the tunnel?


The 68 units registered last month were by far the best result of the year, pulling the year tally to 150 units, which is still a 45% drop over the same period last year, leading to a PEV share of only 0,1%,far behind the final shares of previous years, like the 0.6% of 2016, the 2.3% of 2015 and even 2014 was better, with 0.9%...

In fact, we have to go back to the dawn of the Third Age of the Electric Car (2010) to see a lower PEV share in Denmark. Let's hope the second half of 2017 brings better news to this market, now that the local government has realized its mistake and will relaunch an incentives package for plug-ins.

In the middle of this sales mayhem that has been affecting Denmark, only two models stand out, together being responsible for 64% of registrations, with the Renault Zoe winning without a sweat the Best Seller award, with 62 units and 41% share, followed by VW e-Up! (23 sales).

Looking at the remaining models ranking, the Third Place is shared by the Tesla Model S and the Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia(!), with the Japanese van being a popular choice in this market throughout the years, possibly because it is the only 7-seater EV that doesn't cost a pornographic amount of money.  Now imagine if it had a decent range...


In the Manufacturers ranking, Renault is the Best Seller (41%), with Volkswagen in Second Place (25%), while Nissan (10%) and Tesla (9%) run for the Third Spot.

Finally a mention to Fuel Cells, there were 9 FCEV's registered in the first half of 2017, being exacly the same number of units sold in the previous year (Apparently PEV buyers didn't changed to FCEVs with the end of plug-in incentives), with the recently arrived Honda Clarity FCEV leading the tally, with 7 registrations, followed by the soon-to-be-departed Hyundai ix35 FCEV and the divisive Toyota Mirai, both with one registration.

PlDenmarkJune     YTD%'16Pl
1Renault Zoe4862411
2
3
Volkswagen e-Up!
Tesla Model S 
5
5
35
9
23
6
6
5
3
5
6
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Nissan Leaf
BMW i3
1
4
2
9
6
5
6
4
3
 7
4
2
6Tesla Model X2533
8Volkswagen e-Golf  
3214
9
Mercedes GLC350e   
21
9
9
9
9
9
9
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
Volvo XC90 T8
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Kia Soul EV
Mercedes E350e





2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
17
11
12
13
N/A
15Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
1110
15
15
15
BMW i8
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Kia Optima PHEV



1
1
1
1
1
1
20
N/A
N/A

TOTAL68150100

Source: www.bilimp.dk

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Italy June 2017

Image result for 2017 Panamera PHEV


Panamera PHEV lands in Record Month 


The Italian PEV market seems to have waken up for good and is looking to recover the lost time, in June sales surged 248%, to a record 595 units, pulling the YTD tally to 2.266 units (+56% YoY).

While growth is always good, especially in a stagnant market like this one, it is sad to see that this previously BEV-predominant market now has PHEVs earning more and more share (58%) of PEV sales.

Looking at the models ranking, the top positions are not that different from last month, with the podium remaining the same, but the Top 10 has seen some changes, with the hot selling Mini Countryman PHEV (52 units, #2 in June) climbing to #7, while the BMW 330e (46 units, best result in 13 months) climbed three positions to #9 and the VW Golf GTE (59 units, #1 in June and best result in over two years) jumped ten positions(!) to Tenth.

But the real news in June was the thundering arrival of the Porsche Panamera PHEV, with a record 40 units in its debut month, allowing it to jump immediately to #15, this performance is even more impressive when we consider that this is a six-figure priced car...

Looking at the manufacturers ranking, BMW is in the lead, with 36% share, followed by Nissan (19%), and Mercedes (16%). 

With Mini already with 7% share, the BMW Group is likely to have over 50% share in this market soon.

Pl
ItalyJune     YTD%'16Pl
1Nissan Leaf 51288181
2
3
4
5
BMW 225xe Active Tourer 
Mercedes GLC350e 
BMW i3 
Renault Zoe
41
41
30
37
237
206
181
180
15
13
11
11
2
25
5
6
6
7
8
Tesla Model S
Mini Countryman PHEV 
Tesla Model X 
26
52
29
146
119
98
9
7
6
4
N/A
26
9
BMW 330e 46865
9
10
11
12
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Audi A3 e-Tron
Citröen C-Zero 
59
16
4
76
65
62
5
4
4
7
19
8
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Volvo XC90 T8
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Porsche Panamera PHEV
BMW 740e
Audi Q7 e-Tron
BMW X5 40e
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Toyota Prius PHEV
Kia Optima PHEV
Volkswagen e-Up!
Citroen E-Mehari
16
1
40
8
5
4
4
21
8
1
2
53
46
40
37
36
34
28
24
23
22
20
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
12
20
31
21
24
13
10
N/A
30
18
33
24Mercedes B250e819111
25
26
27
Porsche Cayenne Plug-in
BMW 530e
Mercedes C350e
4
9
2
18
17
15
1
1
1
20
N/A
36
27Volkswagen Passat GTE 515114
29
30

Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia 
Mercedes E350e
Others
2
1
21
12
11
39
1
1
2
17
N/A


TOTAL5952.266100


Source: greenstart.it; unrae.it

Friday, July 21, 2017

Which is the best City EV?

Renault Zoe with 400 km NEDC range at Paris Motor Show


After the success of this post, i decided to compare the current crop of city BEVs in Portugal and see which would the best:


Range



BMW i3 - 4

Kia Soul EV - 3

Mitsubishi I-Miev - 2

Renault Zoe - 5 (300 kms real world range, 43 kW AC charging available)

Smart Forfour ED - 1

Volkswagen e-Up! - 2

Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt) - 6


Space



BMW i3 - 3

Kia Soul EV- 4

Mitsubishi I-Miev - 1

Renault Zoe - 5 (Five usable seats, 338 liters in the trunk)

Smart Forfour ED - 2

Volkswagen e-Up! - 2

Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt) - 6


Reliability / Running costs


BMW i3 - 3

Kia Soul EV - 5 (7 year warranty, reliable battery)

Mitsubishi I-Miev - 1

Renault Zoe - 4

Smart Forfour ED - 1

Volkswagen e-Up! - 2

Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt) - 3


Manoeuvrability / Dynamics

BMW i3 - 5 (Unbeatable Dynamics, near perfect manoeuvrability)

Kia Soul EV - 1

Mitsubishi I-Miev - 4

Renault Zoe - 2

Smart Forfour ED - 4

Volkswagen e-Up! - 4

Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt) - 3



Price


BMW i3 - 1

Kia Soul EV - 4

Mitsubishi I-Miev - 7

Renault Zoe - 4

Smart ForFour ED - 8 (At circa 24.000 eur, it is 18.000 eur cheaper than the BMW i3...)

Volkswagen e-Up! - 6

Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt) - 2



Total

BMW i3 - 16 (Good range, stellar Dynamics, too bad about the price...)

Kia Soul EV - 17 (A balanced car, but there are more suited models for city driving) 

Mitsubishi I-Miev - 15 (Great price and manoeuvrability, but the world has moved on when it comes to the rest...)

Renault Zoe - 20 (Spacious city car with unbeatable range, which compensates some shortcomings in the manoeuvrability side)

Smart Forfour ED - 16 (Great price and fit for the city, but needs better range and increased charging speed)

Volkswagen e-Up! - 16 (Typical Volkswagen personality traits: Not bad at anything, not especially good in any item and slightly overpriced for what it is)

Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt) - 20 (Awesome range, unbeatable interior, but at an estimated 39k eur, it is playing in a different, higher class)