Friday, March 24, 2017

Belgium February 2017

Image result for bmw x5 40e vs volvo xc90 t8 belgium


Mercedes GLC350e the new darling of the Belgian market


February continued with the positive trend in Belgium, with 753 passenger cars wearing a Plug being registered, up 17% YoY, pulling the EV Share at 1.8%.

SUV's continue to be the Trend du Jour, with Belgians confirming their love for German brands and SUV's, the Mercedes GLC350e won for the first time in February the Best Seller of the Month award, with a record 117 units, while climbing to Second Place in the YTD ranking, thus displacing the BMW X5 to the lowest position in the podium.

But is wasn't all bad news for the Bavarian automaker, both the BMW i3 and 225xe Atc. Tourer climbed one position, at the expense of the Audi Q7 e-Tron (26 sales, worst performance in six months), that dropped four positions to #9.

Looking elsewhere, the ageing Nissan Leaf registered 45 units, its best result in nine months, which proves once again the resilience on the Japanese model, allowing it to climb to positions, to #10, last month.

In the manufacturers ranking, last year leader BMW is firm in the leadership, with 37% (Up 3%), while Mercedes (18%, up 2%) benefited from the popularity of its midsize SUV and surpassed Volvo (16%, down 4%) in the race for Second Place.

PlBelgiumFeb.YTD%'16Pl
1Volvo XC90 T8 78277151
2Mercedes GLC350e1172251212
3
4
BMW X5 40e
BMW 330e
66
63
204
134
11
7
2
5
5Porsche Cayenne Plug-In3510263
6BMW i3 *4710058
7
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
489756
8Tesla Model S509054
9
Audi Q7 e-Tron
2686510
10Nissan Leaf457247
11BMW 740e2461317
12
13
14
14
16
17
18
18
19
Tesla Model X
Mercedes GLE500e
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Toyota Prius PHEV
Renault Zoe
Mercedes S500e
Mercedes C350e
Mercedes E350e
13
22
21
14
8
14
8
12
8
48
46
35
35
32
30
23
23
20
3
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
16
9
15
13
24
14
25
11
N/A
21
22
22
Audi A3 e-Tron
BMW i8
Volvo V60 Plug-In
6
3
7
16
15
15
1
1
1
19
20
18
24
25
25
27
28
28
30
30

Mercedes B250e
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Kia Soul EV
Volkswagen e-Up!
Kia Optima PHEV
Porsche Panamera Plug-In
Peugeot iOn
Others
2
2
3
3
3
3

1
1
9
7
7
4
3
3
2
2
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
23
35
21
30
32
39
27
20


TOTAL7531.827100

Source: FEBIAC

* - 27 Bev + 20 Rex





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Portugal February 2017


Image result for Renault Zoe portugal



Rise up, Renault! 

EV Sales continue on the rise in Portugal, with sales in 2017 up 33% YoY to 339 units, and the Plug-in Share finally reaching the 1% threshold, an important step, especially considering that growth is coming from BEV's (Up 154% to 206 units), more than compensating the current PHEV drop (-24% YoY, to 133 units).

At this pace, we expect 2017 to end at some 2.500-3.000 registrations by year end, with the EV Share ending firmly north of the 1% barrier.

After years dragging their feet when it comes to EV's, Renault, possibly Portugal's most popular car brand, has finally risen to the occasion and by the time of the Zoe ZE 40 launch, decided to actively market its electric hatchback, promoting it in mass media and forcing encouraging their dealerships to sell the car, with immediate results, for the first time ever, the Renault Zoe is head and shoulders in front of the pack, with almost a third (31%) of the market, with the February performance (72 units) representing its best result ever.

The Second Place is in the hands wheels of its Alliance cousin, with the Nissan Leaf selling in enough volume (22 units last month) to be the runner-up, a significant feat for ageing nameplate, with Nissan now harnessing the fruits for spreading the word over the years, now making the Leaf synonymous with EV in Portugal.

Another popular plug-in here is the BMW i3, Third this year with 27 units, with the interesting factoid that all but one unit are 100% electric, possibly due to the 33 kWh effect...The longer range also helps the German hatchback to spread outside Lisbon and Porto metro areas, big time magnets for the BMW model.

Elsewhere, the best selling PHEV's are only Fourth, with the Outlander PHEV and BMW 225xe Active Tourer tied in #4, with 20 units, with the BMW model promising to be a strong contender for the category Best Seller title.

Finally, the VW Passat GTE registered a personal best of 11 registrations last month, pulling it to #6. Now imagine how high this model could be if the local importer actually supported their plugins and this model in particular...

In the manufacturers ranking, Renault is in the lead for the first time in years, with 31% share, followed by last year winner BMW (19%) and runner-up Nissan (17%).


Pl
Portugal
Feb.
2017
%
Pl '16
1
2
Renault Zoe
Nissan Leaf
72
22
105
57
31
17
6
1
3BMW i3 *12278
4
4Mitsu. Outlander PHEV
6
20
6
3
4
6
7
7
9
10
11
11
13
13
15
16
17
17
17
17
21
21
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Mercedes C350e
Mercedes GLC350e
Kia Soul EV
Volkswagen e-Up!
BMW X5 40e
BMW 330e
BMW 740e
Mercedes E350e
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Mercedes B250e
Volkswagen e-Golf
BMW i8
Mercedes S500e
Audi Q7 e-Tron
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In
6
11
6
5
7
1
3
2
1
2
3
2

1
1
1


20
18
16
16
12
8
6
6
5
5
4
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
6
5
5
5
4
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
13
10
5
2
22
11
23
10
7
23
N/A
8
19
18
21
25
31
20
21
Volvo XC90 T8
1
0
13

TOTAL164175100

Source: ACAP

* - 12 BEV + 0 REX





Plug-Ins Versus Regular Hybrids


PlModelFeb. 2017 
1Toyota C-HR Hybrid114
2Renault Zoe72
3Toyota Auris Hybrid61
4Mercedes C300h37
5Toyota Yaris Hybrid31
  
If we combine February regular hybrid sales with plug-ins, there is a small revolution at the top, with the usual two (Auris & Yaris) removed from the top two positions by their C-HR sibling, a runaway success everywhere, followed by the all-electric Renault Zoe, the only plug-in in this Top 5.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Austria February 2017

Image result for BMW i3 Renault Zoe
Charging for another duel

Renault Zoe in front in hot market

Austrian plug-in sales were up 61% YoY to 441 new EV's in February, placing the EV Share at new record heights (1,71%).

Looking at the models ranking, the Renault Zoe is continuing to press the accelerator, by registering 107 units, the first time it records two consecutive three-digit months, increasing the lead over the BMW i3, Second Placed with 150 units, while the Tesla Model S is firm in Third Place, with 90 registrations. 

Looking elsewhere, the Nissan Leaf climbed one position to #4, thanks to 48 units, its best result in 10 months, while the Hyundai Ioniq Electric did a personal best, with 22 deliveries, allowing it to jump into the Top 10, at #9.

In the manufacturers ranking, Renault  (24% Share, down 1%) stayed as leader, distancing itself from BMW (19%, down 5%), with the Third Placed Tesla (13%) looking at the duel from behind. 

PlAustriaFeb.YTD%'16Pl
1Renault Zoe107211241
2
3
4
BMW i3
Tesla Model S
Nissan Leaf
56
53
48
150
90
71
17
10
8
2
3
5
5Kia Soul EV224658
6Audi Q7 e-Tron e)204057
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
Volvo XC90 T8 e)
Mercedes B250e
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Tesla Model X
Mercedes GLC350e  e) 
Volkswagen e-Up!
Volkswagen e-Golf
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
15
12
22
8
15
4
9
4
30
27
25
24
20
12
11
11
3
3
3
3
2
1
1
1
11
6
27
10
31
15
4
19
15Mercedes C350e  e)5
10
1
12
15BMW X5 40e   e)510123
15
Volkswagen Passat GTE e)5
10
1
15
15
Volkswagen Golf GTE e)5
10
1
13
15
Mitsu. Outlander PHEV  e)5
10
1
14
20
20
20
23
23
25
Citröen C-Zero
BMW 225xe Active Tourer e)
Peugeot iOn
Audi A3 e-Tron e)
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In e)
BMW i8
5
3
3
5
5

8
8
8
5
5
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
25
9
24
22
20
21

TOTAL441853100

Source: http://myampera.wordpress.com

Monday, March 20, 2017

Switzerland February 2017

Image result for bmw i3 vs renault zoe switzerland
Ready, Set, Go!


Renault Zoe - 1 / BMW i3 - 1

The Swiss EV market registered some 400 units last month, up 19% YoY, with the EV Share now at 2.2%.

In the race for the 2017 Best Seller title, if the BMW i3 started the year in the lead, in February it was time for the Renault Zoe to shine, with 83 units, a new record for the French hatchback, no doubt thanks to the massive delivery of the ZE 40 version, allowing it to overcome the German Hot Hatch in the YTD ranking.

The Tesla players remained in their places, with the Model X (30 units) once again outrunning its Model S (19) sibling, the fourth time it happened in the last six months, meaning that the Swiss audience is preferring the SUV over its lower-riding sibling.

In the manufacturers ranking, BMW (27%, down 7%) stayed in the First position, now followed by Renault (17%, up 4%), which displaced Tesla (16%, down 3%) to Third.

PlSwitzerlandFeb.YTD%'16Pl
1
2
3
Renault Zoe
BMW i3
Tesla Model X
83
38
30
153
124
84
17
13
9
4
2
5
4
5
Tesla Model S
Volkswagen Passat GTE e)
19
30
68
65
7
7
1
11
6
BMW 225xe Act. Tourer e)
20
40
4
16
6BMW X5 40e  e)2040412
6BMW 330e e)2040412
6
10
Audi Q7 e-Tron e)
Nissan Leaf
20
11
40
28
4
3
25
10
11
12
12
12
12
Mercedes GLC350e  e)
Audi A3 e-Tron   e)
Mitsu. Outlander PHEV  e)
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In e)
Volvo XC90 PHEV e)
15
10
10
10
10
25
20
20
20
20
3
2
2
2
2
29
3
7
8
15
16
17
18
Mercedes C350e  e)
Hyundai Ioniq Electric e)
Volkswagen Golf GTE   e)
5
5
5
15
13
10
2
1
1
18
26
6
18
18
18
Mercedes B250e  e)
Volkswagen e-Up! e)
BMW 740e e)
5
5
5
10
10
10
1
1
1
9
27
34
18Mercedes E350e  e)5101N/A
18
18
Mercedes GLE500e  e)
Ford C-Max Energi   e)
5
5
10
10
1
1
30
N/A
25Kia Soul EV  e)58112
26
26
26
29
30
31
Peugeot iOn
Volvo V60 Plug-In   e)
BMW i8
Citröen C-Zero
Mitsubishi I-Miev
Citröen e-Mehari
2
5
3
2
2
1
5
5
5
4
3
2
1
1
1
0
0
0
28
16
24
21
22
33

TOTAL411917100

e) Estimate

Source: auto-suisse.ch

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ukraine Buses - February 2017

Electron 100% Electric Bus

Picking up on the 2016 Top 10 Countries in the EV Revolution post, where some readers were surprised by the relevance of the Ukranian EV Miracle, on the next day the article was published, it came to my knowledge that the local EV Revolution is not confined to passenger cars, but also to Buses, as the local Electron company started to make BEV Buses (With 240kms range(!)), alongside Trams and Trolleybuses.

This year alone, they already delivered 25 eBuses, if this sales trend continues, they might become one of the leading eBuses brands in Europe this year.

With this, it seems the Ukraine could be even higher in the ranking for 2017...

Friday, March 17, 2017

China New Models February 2017

February was Sedan month, with two sedans landing in the market, one is the Old Dog Renault Fluence ZE finally arriving to China, which could have made an impact if this was 2012... The other is a new model, the BAIC EH400, the EV version of the Senova D80 gasoline car, which is based in a certain Saab 9.5...The first Generation(!) Saab 9.5


Image result for BAIC EH400
BAIC EH400 - After the successful launch of the small EC180, replicating the sales success of the EU260 compact sedan, one would think Beijing Auto was hitting home run after home run. This time, the new EH400, BAIC's proposal for the large sedan class, will have a hard time to beat SAIC's e950.

Related image

First things first, the EH400 is the electric version of the Senova D80, a streched and upmarket version of the  D70, which itself is based on the first generation of the Saab 9.5. Mmmm...

Anyway, at almost five meters and a generous 400 kms range, it's a big car with a big battery, meaning BIG weight, yet BAIC decided to power it with only 140 hp...Second Mmmm...


One thing is certain, they delivered 100 units in the first month, which is a fair deal more than what its Shangai Auto, the e950, did at the time (12 units in May 2016), so maybe despite not so stellar performances and the use of an old platform, BAIC manages to pull it off and seduce government officials, hitting another home run with its EH400.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Geneva Auto Show - My Top 5 EV's


Le salon auto de Genève résumé en dix nouveautés électriques ou hybrides rechargeables

After a brief visit to the Geneva Auto Show,  among an ocean of ICE Dinosaurs, these were my Top 5 EV's on the show:


Opel Ampera-e: Euro-flavored version of the Chevrolet Bolt, this car has everything to succeed this side of the ocean, besides the record-setting range, it it's fast, looks nice, right-sized, big on the inside...Speaking of inside, that was the only gripe i had with the car, considering it will still be an expensive car, they could have wasted a some bucks in choosing better materials and bringing a more upmarket feel to it. 

off-topic: Talking with the Opel people, they mentioned that PSA assured development rights over the Ampera-e platform, so i expect somewhere in the future a fully electric Opel Corsa, if not Astra (Not big enough, they said...).


DS7 PHEV - Said to arrive in 2019, this is the first true DS in Europe and besides the good looks, it will carry a plug, a first for the premium French brand, too bad it will have only 60 kms range...Anything less than 80 kms and it's a missed opportunity to make a difference on the Three Marys.


Kia Niro PHEV - Hot on the heels of the success of the HEV version, Kia did a no-brainer decision and made a PHEV version of the Niro. Expect it to become Kia's best selling plug-in once it lands in the market.


Volvo XC60 PHEV - A sort of one-size-less XC90, Volvo's midsize SUV inherited it's big brother PHEV architecture, so expect the XC90 T8 success to be replicated on a one-size-plus fashion.


Jaguar I-Pace - One word: Wicked!...Two Words: Shaguar... (Can't wait for the production version)