Saturday, February 25, 2017

Europe January 2017

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Ready...Set, Go!


Renault Zoe Starts the year in Full Swing


The European EV market had some 19.000 registrations last month, up 31% Year-on-Year, with the Renault Zoe starting the year in the leadership:
   
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#1 Renault Zoe – With the ZE40 version finally arriving to selected markets, registrations were up 80% YoY to 2.602 units, jumping to the leadership in January, winning already some 800 units over the second placed BMW i3. Besides the expected good performance at home (1.646 units), the French hatchback had also good results in Norway (240 units), Germany (180) and Austria (104 units).

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#2 BMW i3 – The German Stormtrooper model continues to profit from the 33 kWh sales boost, this time with 1.818 units being delivered. Besides the usual Norway, with 622 units, other markets where the Bimmer performed well were Germany (388 deliveries, up 160%!), the United Kingdom (210 units) and Austria (94). Interestingly, the fully electric version is outselling the range extended version on a 3 to 1 ratio, when twelve months ago, most sales belonged to the Rex version.

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#3 Nissan Leaf – “Hey, remember me?” – The old warrior still has an ace up its sleeve, called “Discounts”. While it may be getting long in the tooth, currently it is the only model offering generous discounts, wooing bargain-seeking buyers, in January it delivered 1.386 units, seeing its sales increase 29% regarding the same month last year. This proves that besides range, price is also a decisive trump card to win buyers.

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#4 VW Passat GTE – The Volkswagen midsize offering had a better than expected result, with 1.340 units, record results in Sweden (549 units) and Norway (411) absorbed most of registrations, but Germany (157 sales) also saw a positive month. With the right mix of electric range, space, power and price, the Passat GTE is a continuing success among company fleets across Europe.

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#5 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – The Japanese SUV started the year on the wrong foot, registering only 1.114 units, down 14% YoY, as it failed to deliver in Norway (144 units, worst result in a year) and the United Kingdom (Down a harsh 75%), with the bright spot in Germany (282 units, best performance in 19 months), being unable to balance things.


Volvo XC90 Up, Golf GTE and Audi A3 Down

Below the top five places, the Volvo XC90 PHEV had a surprising 52% jump on sales, to 1.035 units, surging to Sixth Place, while the #8 BMW 225xe Active Tourer (687 units) continued its positive sales trend and two rising SUV’s, the #10 Mercedes GLC350e (629 units, new personal best) and #11 Tesla Model X (586 units, new off-peak record), confirmed once again what we all have been suspecting plug-in SUV’s are a Thing now.

On the losers side, if the VW Golf GTE (406 units, worst performance in three years) performance is excused by the upcoming restyle, its Audi sibling, the A3 e-Tron does not have any excuse to justify the rather disappointing 385 registrations. Or does it? Is Audi about to increase the battery size of its hatchback plug-in? Mmmm…

A (relative) hot item is the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, if it weren’t for availabilty constraints, the Korean would probably already be in the Top 10.    

In the manufacturers ranking, BMW started where it left off last year, in the leadership, with 21% share, followed by Renault (15%) in Second Place and Volkswagen (12%) in Third. A surprise follows in Fourth Place, with Mercedes showing up just below the podium, with 10% share.


Pl
Europe
Jan.
2017
%
'16Pl
1
Renault Zoe
2.602
2.602
14
1
2
BMW i3
1.818
1.818
9
4
3
Nissan Leaf
1.386
1.386
7
3
4
5
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
1.340
1.114
1.340
1.114
7
6
5
2
6
7
Volvo XC90 T8
Tesla Model S
1.053
819
1.053
819
6
4
9
6
8
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
687
687
4
13
9
Mercedes C350e
672
672
4
8
10
Mercedes GLC350e
629
629
3
26
11
12
Tesla Model X
BMW 330e
586
525
586
525
3
3
20
10
13
14
BMW X5 40e
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
495
474
495
474
3
2
14
32
15
Kia Soul EV
422
422
2
15
16
Volkswagen Golf GTE
406
406
2
7
17
Audi A3 e-Tron
385
385
2
11
18
19
20

Audi Q7 e-Tron
Volvo V60 Plug-In
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Others
376
325
322
2.589
376
325
322
2.589
2
2
2
14
19
17
16
TOTAL
19.025
19.025
100


Article published also on EV Obsession and CleanTechnica


Friday, February 24, 2017

China New Models - January 2017

Despite January being off-season for plug-ins in China and a time where the market made a sharp downturn, local automakers just keep on pumping new models, last month it was SAIC, with its Roewe eRX5.

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SAIC Roewe eRX5 - This rather striking SUV, kind of VW Tiguan-meets-Audi Q5, landed last month with its first 131 deliveries, a rather un-extraordinary debut for a plug-in SUV but, truth be told, January is always a slow month and the only New Energy (NEV) SUV to succeed in China so far is the BYD Tang, that sits higher in the market.

Anyway, focusing on its strengths, the eRX5 features an Alibaba-developed software “YunOS for Car” and is marketed as “the world’s first mass-produced internet car.” 

It also helps to have a good value for money interior, with a Tesla-like screen in the center console, a must have nowadays in China, so plus points for design and user technology.

Impulse and reason are incompatible? Roewe eRX5

On the electric front, this 1.5T (170hp) plug-in hybrid has a good 60 kms electric range, being also the lowest gas consumption PHEV SUV sold in China, with 1,6 liters/100 kms. Despite this, it is no slouch, with 0-100 kms/h being done in 7,8 seconds.

Finally, its price. Starting at 265.900 Yuan (USD 38.700), before subsidies, it sits somewhere in the middle between the all-mighty BYD Tang (300.000 Yuan) and the more pedestrians BAIC EX200 (207.000 Yuan) and the like. 

Will this be enough to make it the best selling SAIC model?




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Belgium January 2017

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SUV-Fest Edition in Record Month

January was record month in Belgium, with 1.047 passenger cars wearing a plug, with the hot sales trend continuing in 2017, with sales up 50% YoY, pulling the EV Share once again to record heights, at 2.08%.

But growth wasn't balanced between BEVs and PHEVs, while the firsts have grown at a 13% rate, the seconds grew at a 59%, to 905 units, or a mammoth 84% of the market. Reminding of someone?...

At this rhythm, i believe it will be a question of time until someone in the Belgian government wakes up for this and cuts PHEV incentives for companies, just like the northern neighbor did recently.

SUV's continue to be the Trend du Jour, with 5 out of the top 6 places in January belonging to such vehicles: The Volvo XC90 PHEV (199 units, best result in 11 months) won another Monthly Best-Seller trophy, followed by the arch rival BMW X5 PHEV (138 units) and the surprising Mercedes GLC350e (108 units, personal best), while in #4 we have the fleet-friendly BMW 330e, with 71 units. In #5 we have the Porsche Cayenne Plug-in (67 units), followed by the Audi Q7 e-Tron (60), another model that seems destined for success in this market.

Next to all these shiny, trendy SUV's, the BMW sedan almost looks pedestrian...

Looking elsewhere, the Toyota Prius PHEV registered its best result EVER, with 24 units, which could mean that the first demonstration units of the Second Generation have arrived and the local importer is betting heavily in it. On the other hand, the Mercedes C350e (11 units) had its worst result in over a year, no doubt suffering from the arrival of its SUV sibling, the GLC. Another proof that Belgians love SUVs...

In the manufacturers ranking, last year leader BMW started in the leadership, with 34%, while Volvo (20%) ended in Second and Mercedes (16%) in Third.


PlBelgiumJan.YTD%'16Pl
1Volvo XC90 T8 199199191
2BMW X5 40e 138138132
3
4
Mercedes GLC350e
BMW 330e
108
71
108
71
10
7
12
5
5Porsche Cayenne Plug-In676763
6Audi Q7 e-Tron6060610
7BMW i3 *535358
8BMW 225xe Active Tourer494956
9
Tesla Model S
404044
10BMW 740e3737317
11Tesla Model X3535316
12
13
13
15
16
17
18
19
19
Nissan Leaf
Mercedes GLE500e
Toyota Prius PHEV
Volkswagen Passat GTE
Renault Zoe
Mercedes S500e
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mercedes E350e
BMW i8
27
24
24
21
16
15
14
12
12
27
24
24
21
16
15
14
12
12
3
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
7
9
24
13
14
25
15
N/A
20
21
22
23
Mercedes C350e
Audi A3 e-Tron
Volvo V60 Plug-In
11
10
8
11
10
8
1
1
1
11
19
18
24
25
26
27
28
28
28
28
28
Mercedes B250e
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Porsche Panamera Plug-In
Citröen e-Mehari 
Volkswagen e-Golf
Kia Soul EV
Peugeot iOn
Volksvagen Golf GTE
7
5
4
2
1
1
1
1
1
7
5
4
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
23
35
21
27
34
29
30
31
22

TOTAL1.0471.047100

Source: FEBIAC

* - 31 Bev + 22 Rex