Sunday, April 30, 2017

Japan March 2017

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Prius PHV: Japan 2017 Best Seller. For Sure.

All praise the new King 


After two years of falling sales, 2017 is turning out to be the recovery year, with the introduction of the new Toyota Prius PHV, disrupting the market on its behalf and shooting for the leadership with 45% share.

With this seismic event, the Japanese EV had its second best month EVER in March, with 5.598 units, doubling the result of March 2016, with the EV Share steady at 0,85%, more than double of the result achieved in 2016 (0,42%). 

On the other hand, the other two driving forces for plug-ins in this market, the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, had small YoY sales drops, which per se are not so bad news, considering both already have a few years on their backs.

The remaining models in the ranking have comparatively small numbers, with the top models gobbling 92% of the market.

In the manufacturers ranking, Toyota (45%) had distanced itself from Nissan (38%), followed from a far by Mitsubishi, with 13% share.

With Toyota coming this strong to the race, all seems to point for an easy win for the Prius in 2017, five years later its first (And only) trophy. 

Can it add to its home trophy this year World Title? Well, that's a bit trickier...But not impossible, IMHO.

PlJapan
March
  2017
     %Pl '16
1
2
Toyota Prius PHV
Nissan Leaf
2.781
1.571
6.011
4.713
45
36
N/A
1
3Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV8461.495112
4BMW i3 e)10028024
5Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia e)7522523
6Mitsubishi Minicab Miev 3711415
7
8
9
10
11
11
13
14
Tesla Model X e)
Tesla Model S e)
Mitsubishi I-Miev
BMW 330e   e)

BMW 225xe Act. Tourer  e)
BMW X5 PHEV
BMW i8 e)
Mit. Minicab Miev Truck
60
50
14
20
15
15
10
4
90
80
75
55
35
35
30
10
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
N/A
6
8
12
N/A
N/A
10
9

TOTAL5.59813.248100

e) Estimate

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Europe March 2017

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Unstoppable Zoe


The European EV market had 29.000 registrations last month, up 30% over the same month last year, being the third best month ever, only behind the incentive-inflated Decembers of 2015 (34k) and 2016 (30k). At this pace, the market is set to reach the 300.000 units mark by year end, with the EV share now standing at a record 1.5%.

The Renault Zoe remains Master in Command, the Nissan Leaf is proving to be quite resilient and Teslas had their usual last-month-of-the-quarter peak.
 

Looking at the Monthly Models Ranking:

Image result for Renault Zoe official pictures 
#1 Renault Zoe – “There’s no Replacement for Range” is the mantra for EV’s, and the Zoe performance proves it, thanks to the new ZE 40 version, last month the French hatchback reached 3.762 units, a new record for the stylish model, winning Europe’s Best Seller status in all three months of 2017. With best ever performances across Europe, like in its home market (1.980 units), Germany (587) or Sweden (93), it also landed in markets outside its comfort zone, like Finland and Iceland.    

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#2 Nissan Leaf – Thanks to some deep discounts, the six-year-old hatch has resisted the newer offerings, with registrations down only 3% YoY to 3.188 units. With steady sales in its stronghold markets, like Norway, the United Kingdom or France, and surprising performances elsewhere, like the 152 units in the Netherlands, 185 in Sweden and a record(!) 124 registrations in Belgium, the veteran model is keeping momentum by appealing to a new demographic, still untapped by EV’s: Bargain Hunters.

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#3 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – After a tight race with the Nissan Leaf, the Japanese SUV ended March in Third Place, with 3.129 units, its best performance in over two years. Although growing in important markets, like Germany (358 units, a new record), Mitsubishi will have a hard time to find a replacement for all the United Kingdom sales, as from now on incentives for PHEV’s will became much less appealing there. Was March the Outlander Swan Song? It seems like it.
 
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#4 Tesla Model S – Tesla had its best month ever in Europe last March, with over 4.000 units being delivered, and despite dropping 18% YoY, the Model S managed to be the best-selling Tesla, with 2.060 units, its best performance since the arrival of its Model X sibling, with good numbers especially in Germany, with 457 units, a new record and making it the #1 market in Europe(!), but also in Norway (297), Switzerland (236) or the Netherlands (228). Looking ahead, expect deliveries to drop in April and another possible Top 5 appearance next June.
 
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#5 Tesla Model X – The (not so) surprise of the month, Tesla’s SUV is finally finding its place in the market, reaching #5 in March, with 2.016 units, a new European record for the fancy SUV, with the result inflated by Norway (446 units), but with good results across the Continent, as deliveries of the Model X were on par or better than its older brother, the Model S, like it was the case of Belgium (112 Model X vs 111 Model S), along with a record performance (213 deliveries) in the all-important German market. With PHEV incentives becoming less generous as time passes by, expect many barge-SUV-tax-dodging buyers to drop their X5’s and XC90 in favor of Tesla’s SUV in the near future.


Image result for Opel Ampera-e X official pictures
Over 8.000 orders for the Ampera-e in Europe and the car is not even here yet
  

YTD Ranking – Zoe Steady in #1, Nissan Leaf climbs to #2.

Looking at the YTD ranking, this month there were several significant changes, with the BMW i3 dropping two positions to Fourth, to the benefit of the Nissan Leaf, now in Second Place, followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Outside the podium, both Teslas had a positive month, with the Model S climbing one position to #5 and the Model X jumping six places to #7, while other climbers were the Audi A3 e-Tron, up two positions to #13 (They can thank the domestic market for that), while the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Audi Q7 e-Tron and Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia all climbed one position due to the three position drop of the VW Golf GTE (245 units, worst result in 29 months), desperately waiting for the restyled version to arrive.

Underlining the positive momentum that pure electric cars are having, BEV’s represent once again the majority of sales in Europe, growing 10% in share from the 44% of last year to the current 54%. And that’s still without the Opel Ampera-e (Chevrolet Bolt in European language) and the new VW e-Golf, certainly two major players for the remainder of the year.

Looking at the manufacturers ranking, BMW (17%, down 2%) is seated on the Top Spot, followed by Renault (14%, down 2%) in Second Place, while February Third Placed Volkswagen (8%, down 4%) was surpassed not by one automaker, not by two, but by three(!), as Nissan, Mercedes and Tesla (All with 10% share) all surpassed the almighty VW. Time to produce those restyled Golf plug-ins at full speed…
 

Pl
Europe
March
2017
%
1
Renault Zoe
3.762
9.127
14
2
Nissan Leaf
3.188
5.911
9
3
Mitsu. Outlander PHEV
3.129
5.375
8
4
BMW i3
1.784
5.065
8
5
6
Tesla Model S
Volkswagen Passat GTE
2.060
1.127
3.715
3.562
6
5
7
Tesla Model X
2.016
2.902
4
8
Mercedes GLC350e
1.126
2.503
4
9
Volvo XC90 T8
857
2.416
4
10
11
12
Mercedes C350e
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
BMW 330e
1.031
761
902
2.136
2.117
1.886
3
3
3
13
14
Audi A3 e-Tron
BMW X5 40e
698
573
1.498
1.394
2
2
15
Kia Soul EV
273
1.167
2
16
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
492
1.125
2
17
Audi Q7 e-Tron
427
1.027
2
18
19
20

Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Others
390
245
292
3.819
980
932
849
9.203
2
1
1
15
TOTAL
28.952
64.890


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shanghai Auto Show - Photo Report

After a period in China, where i had the luck of going to the Shanghai Auto Show, i am back in the saddle of EV Sales, and ready to share some of the most interesting plug-ins  of the Show.

At least those that i managed to cover, as the Shanghai Auto Show is YUUUGGGEEE, imagine 5 times the size of the Geneva Auto Show and you have an idea of the size of it.


BYD Song: Now with PHEV and BEV versions, with the first doing 0-100 kms/h in 4.9 secs and the second having 300 kms range, specs of this VW Tiguan-sized crossover are up with the best. Now about those vanilla looks... 

BYD Yuan - The smallest of BYD Crossovers has a rather funky look, sometimes reminding the Renault Captur, other times the Ford Ecosport, 100% BYD are the specs shared with its larger Song sibling. Yep, this small Crossover is said to make 0-100 kms/h in 4.9 seconds on the PHEV version. Wicked!


BYD Tang 100 - Now with fancier badges and longer range ("100" refers to the electric range), the Tang is something General Motors could have done if they had decided to put the Voltec drivetrain in one of their Crossovers/SUV's. But because they haven't, this is currently the only SUV with decent electric range on the market. The 500 hp coming from the drivetrain are just a bonus...

BYD Song 7 - First model penned by the former Audi Designer Wolfgang Egger, the Song 7 is a rather fancy approach to the 7-seater MPV theme, launched with gas-only versions, it is said that next year it will offer a PHEV version, probably doing 0-100 kms/h in five seconds. Be careful when taking kids/inlaws with you...   


Changan Benni EV: Toyota Yaris-sized EV, with 210 kms range. Quality design, but needs more electric range to stand out.


VW Phideon GTE - A good idea and better looks, but the 14kWh battery only allows 50 kms electric range.

Zotye E200 - One of the stars in the Chinese EV ranking, it doesn't look bad on the quality department, as for looks...


...The Zotye E30 looks better. If it only had the E200 sturdiness...




Zotye Z500 EV - Turns out, Zotye also wants to make decent electric sedans!

Cadillac CT6 PHEV - Big barge with big battery (18 kWh), allowing 60 kms electric range for 80.000 USD. Worst things have came out of Cadillac.

Link & Co - The most popular stand at the Shanghai Auto Show, irreverence was the token word here, a sort of Smart meets Mini. In the future, this could be the right counter weight to the serious, premium Volvo in the Geely Group. Said to have a plug-in hybrid in 2018, this could be the first Chinese brand to really breakout in Western markets. As for the divisive looks, there was a time when the Nissan Juke looked more like a Lunar Lander than a Crossover, now it is everywhere...


NIO ES8 - The former NextEV startup transformed itself in the Nio brand and presented the ES8, a 100% electric full-size SUV, a rather handsome beast scheduled to be in production mode next year. Great stand by the way, reminding a bit of Ikea philosophy. Wish all the best to them! 

BAIC EX400: Beijing Auto is serious in beating BYD and this is possibly their most competitive product to date, with 400 kms range, the BAIC Crossover has a critical selling point over the all-electric BYD Song and Yuan. The ball is now on your side, BYD... 


For those that always felt that the world missed a plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes G Wagen, here is the closest you can get to that, the BJ80 PHEV, a Chinese clone to the Mercedes G-Class with a PHEV drivetrain. 

Denza EV - 400 kms electric range, Mercedes B-Class platform, plenty of space, one would think BYD would have a winner here, but it hasn't. Looking at it live, one understands why, after all design counts. A lot. 


Chery e5/e7 - After years banking on small city cars to provide EV's, Chery decided to go for the "Big Boys", by launching the e5, a compact sedan (In the front) and the e7 larger sedan (In the back).



And of course a lineup of EV's in China wouldn't be complete without a Crossover. Here's the Chery model.

JAC iEV6S - A rather striking look that is let down by poor quality interiors. Time to step up, JAC.


SAIC Roewe eRX5 - Roewe is possibly the most solid and best designed Chinese brand, this VW Tiguan-sized crossover has a lot going for it.

SAIC Roewe i6 - The same can be said about the i6, a large PHEV sedan that could eventually arrive in Europe under a MG badge in a couple of years. 





Belgium March 2017

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Mercedes GLC350e new #1 in Record Month


Record month in March in the Belgian EV Market, with 1.397 passenger cars plug-ins being registered, up 51% YoY, pulling the EV Share to a record 2.4%(!).

SUV's continue to be the Trend du Jour, with three SUV's in March Top 5 places, with the Mercedes GLC350e beating its personal best for the third time in a row and repeating the February Best Seller title, with 170 units, followed by the BMW X5 PHEV (136 units), the surprising Nissan Leaf, Third with 124 sales, its best result ever(!) in Belgium, with the two Teslas closing the Top 5, the Model X surpassed for the first time its eldest brother Model S, thanks to a record 112 deliveries. It seems the Tesla SUV is starting to live up to its promises in this SUV-loving market.

In the YTD ranking, the big news is the rise to power by the Mercedes GLC350e, surpassing the Volvo XC90 PHEV, while the Tesla Model S jumped three positions to #5 and the Nissan Leaf four places to #10.

The good news on the BEV side didn't ended there, as the Tesla Model X climbed one position to #11, while the Renault Zoe, usually an underdog in this market, jumped four positions to #13, thanks to a record 41 deliveries. It seems the ZE 40 version is helping the French model even in markets outside its comfort zone...

In the manufacturers ranking, last year leader BMW is in the leadership, with 33% (Down 4%), while the Second Placed Mercedes (17%, down 1%) benefits from the popularity of its midsize SUV and the Third Placed Volvo (12%, down 4%) is being threatened by a surging Tesla (11%).

PlBelgiumMarchYTD%'16Pl
1Mercedes GLC350e1703951212
2Volvo XC90 PHEV90367111
3
4
BMW X5 40e
BMW 330e
136
103
340
237
10
7
2
5
5Tesla Model S11120164
6Nissan Leaf12419667
7
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
8518266
8Porsche Cayenne Plug-In7217453
9
Audi Q7 e-Tron
82168510
10BMW i3 *6516558
11Tesla Model X112160516
12
13
14
14
16
17
18
19
20
BMW 740e
Renault Zoe
Mercedes GLE500e
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Toyota Prius PHEV
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Mercedes C350e
Mercedes E350e
Volvo V60 Plug-In
43
41
20
17
10
6
11
13
15
104
71
66
52
42
41
34
33
30
3
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
17
14
9
15
24
13
11
N/A
18
21
22
23
24
Mercedes S500e
BMW 530e
BMW i8
Audi A3 e-Tron
4
21
4
2
27
21
19
18
1
1
1
1
25
N/A
20
19
25
26
26
28
29
30
31
32
32

Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Kia Optima PHEV
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Peugeot iOn
Mercedes B250e
Volkswagen e-Up!
Kia Soul EV
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Citroen C-Zero
Others
6
9
5
8

4
2
2
2
2
13
12
12
10
9
7
6
3
3
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
39
35
20
23
32
30
22
33


TOTAL1.3973.224100

Source: FEBIAC

* - 29 Bev + 36 Rex





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sweden LCV market Q1

Pl
Model
Q1 Sales  
1
Renault Kangoo ZE
59
2
Nissan e-NV200 Van
25
3
Peugeot Partner EV
6
Total
90

Sales are up a healthy 50% in the Swedish LCV market, with the Kangoo ZE on top, with over 50% share, followed by an also growing (Up 79% YoY) Nissan e-NV200 Van.


On the other hand, the Peugeot Partner EV is down 50% regarding the same period last year. Poor work from the fleet sales team?