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About Jose Pontes

Jose Pontes Always interested in the auto industry, particularly in electric cars, Jose has been overviewing the sales evolution of plug-ins through the EV Sales blog since 2012, allowing him to gain an expert view on where EVs are right now and where they are headed in the future. The EV Sales blog has become a go-to source for people interested in electric car sales around the world. Extending that work and expertise, Jose is now a partner in EV-Volumes and works with the European Alternative Fuels Observatory on EV sales matters.



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Chinese EV Sales In July: After The Subsidy Storm

August 18th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After an end-of-incentives derived surge in June, July saw the expected hangover, with the Chinese plug-in vehicle market dropping 7% year over year (YoY), and the 70,000 units of last month representing less than half of the deliveries of the previous month. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) sank 22% YoY in July, their worst drop in over two years, while, amazingly, fully electric vehicles (BEVs) still managed to grow, if only by 1%, despite the gloom all around them (the overall market also dropped 4%)


Volkswagen e-Golf = #1 EV in Germany in July

August 15th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market continues on the right track in July, with 9,233 registrations. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) were up 136% year over year (YoY), while plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) keep stuttering (+6% in July, bringing year-to-date numbers out of the red)


Huge Tesla High Tide In Europe — June EV Sales Report

July 29th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in vehicle (PEV) market logged some 47,000 registrations in June (+24% year over year), with the PEV market growing 34% in 2019 so far. That's a great performance considering the stagnating performance (-3%) of the overall auto market


Record Month For Tesla In Portugal — June EV Sales Report

July 23rd, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

Plug-in vehicle (PEV) sales are as hot as a summer afternoon in Lisbon, with 1,263 plug-ins being registered in June. That's a 5% PEV share of the overall auto market and up 75% year over year (YoY). It's just 20 units behind the all-time record (1,283 units), which was registered last March


Subsidy Cuts & Tesla Model 3 Shake Up Chinese EV Sales Ranking — June Sales Report

July 23rd, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After a slow May, with just 2% growth, June saw the Chinese plug-in vehicle market return to full charge, thanks to some 147,000 registrations, up 72% year over year (YoY). Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) grew faster than that, at +97%, and because the mainstream market is falling (-8%), June’s plug-in vehicle (PEV) share reached a record 8.5%, pulling the PEV market share to 6.3%, well above the 2018 result (4.2%) and on target to reach my forecast of 8% for


Tesla Shines In June, But Zoe Holds Onto #1 In 2019 In Germany — EV Sales Report

July 17th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in vehicle (PEV) market continued on the right track in June, having registered 8,631 units. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) were up strong, +117% year over year (YoY), compensating for the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drop of –9%, and all-electrics now represent two-thirds of plug-in registrations. The PEV share of the overall auto market was 2.7% in May, with BEVs alone hitting 1.8%. That pushed the 2019 plug-in share slightly up, to 2.6% (1.7% BEV)


Tesla & Renault Shine In France — June EV Sales Report

July 12th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The French passenger electric vehicle market scored 5,847 registrations in June, up 25% year over year (YoY). That plug-in double-digit growth is even more significant when we realize that the overall market remained stagnant (-2%). This result placed the 2019 plug-in vehicle (EV) share at 2.5%, with fully electric vehicles (BEVs) alone having 1.9% share


Tesla Model 3 = #1 Best Selling Vehicle In The Netherlands Again (June 2019)

July 12th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The Dutch plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market had another great month in June, with 4,543 plug-in registrations, up 196% year over year (YoY). That translated into a PEV share of 11%. The year-to-date (YTD) count reached 20,047 units, which means a market share of 8.9%, well above the 6% of


European Electric Vehicle Market Up 28%

July 2nd, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market had some 37,000 registrations in May, growing 28% compared to the same period last year, a good performance considering the stagnating performance (+0.04%) of the overall market


China EV Sales Report — Foreign Brands Shine In Cooling Market (May 2019)

June 20th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After a strong start of the year, May saw the Chinese plug-in market hit the brakes. With some 104,000 registrations in the month, the plug-in vehicle (PEV) market was up only 2% year over year (YoY). However, because the mainstream market is falling significantly (−17%!), the May PEV share reached an amazing 6.6%, pulling the 2019 PEV market share to 5.6%, well above the 2018 result (4.2%)


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Was #1 EV In Germany In May, Renault Zoe New Leader In 2019

June 19th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market continues on the right track in May, having registered 7,899 units. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) grew at a faster pace (+100% year over year) than plug-in hybrids (+33%). In May, the PEV share was at 2.4%, with BEVs alone hitting 1.4%, keeping the 2019 plug-in share at 2.5% (1.5% BEV)


French EV Sales Up 34% In May 2019

June 15th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market scored 4,051 registrations in May, up 34% year over year (YoY), with fully electric cars (+36%) growing faster than plug-in hybrids (30%). All-electric cars (BEVs) represented 71% of all plug-in sales


Hyundai Kona EV #1 In Netherlands In May, Tesla Model 3 Still #1 In 2019

June 14th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The Dutch plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market had another positive month in May, with 2,688 plug-in vehicle registrations — up 193% year over year (YoY). That translated into a PEV share of 7.3% on the broader auto market. The year-to-date (YTD) count is now up to 15,537 units, with the 2019 PEV share at 8.3%, well above the 6% of last year


Electric Vehicle Sales Up 70% In Europe

June 3rd, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in vehicle market scored some 37,000 registrations in April, growing 30% compared to the same period last year, a good performance considering that the overall market is still in the red (-1% in April)


China Electric Vehicle Sales Up To 5.4% Market Share

June 2nd, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After a first quarter with surging sales, April saw the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle market cool down a little, to some 100,000 registrations. That means it was up only 34% year over year (YoY). Nonetheless, because the mainstream market is still in the red, the April plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) share reached an amazing 6.2%, pulling the PEV market share to 5.4% in 2019 so far, well above the 2018 result (4.2%)



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