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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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Tesla Model 3 Avalanche (German Edition)

April 23rd, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After a great start of the year, the German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market continued on the right track in March, up 42% year over year (YoY) to 9,677 registrations. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) grew at a fast pace (+75% YoY), while plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) remained flat (+1%)


Tesla Model 3 Tsunami (Swiss Edition)

April 16th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The Swiss plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market smashed its previous sales record (1,341 registrations) last month by registering 2,162 vehicles. That meant that the PEV share jumped to 7.5% (6.4% from fully electric vehicles and 1.1% from plug-in hybrids), pulling the 2019 PEV share to 5.3% and thus almost doubling last year's result


Tesla Model 3 Leads The Electric Army In Historic Month — Norway EV Sales Report

April 13th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

Last month, fully electric vehicles saw their registrations double year over year (YoY), pushing the overall market up +28% despite sales of every other powertrain type dropping at least 20%, which led to record fully electric vehicle (58%) and overall plug-in vehicle (69%) shares. As you already know, Tesla Model 3 deliveries went through the roof in March, with the model achieving 5,315 registrations, a new all-time record for any nameplate in Norway, whatever the fuel source


Tesla Model 3 Jumps To #2 In France — #CleanTechnica EV Sales Report

April 12th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market recorded 6,136 registrations in March, up 14% year over year (YoY). A big portion of this growth came from the Tesla Model 3, which had 1,153 deliveries last month, the best result ever for a nameplate not called "Renault Zoe."


Tesla Model 3 Jumps To #1 In The Netherlands, Among All Cars — #CleanTechnica EV Sales Report

April 5th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After the December delivery peak, the Dutch plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market had another sales surge last month, with 4,721 plug-in registrations, up 252% year over year (YoY). That translates into a PEV share of 12% in March, and pulls the year-to-date count to 10,424 units (+224%), with the 2019 PEV share now at 9%. If we only consider fully electric vehicles (BEVs), the EV share in March was 10% and in the first quarter was 7.4%


Tesla Model 3 = #1 Electric Car In Europe — #CleanTechnica Electric Car Sales Report

March 31st, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The big news in February’s top positions was of course the Tesla Model 3 landing with a bang, and jumping right up to the leadership position, but unlike what has happened (and is happening) in the USA, the blackhole effect of the Tesla Model 3 is not absorbing sales from other BEVs (well, maybe the Model S is the exception). Instead, it appears the Model 3 is pulling customers directly from competing PHEVs and gas/diesel models


BYD’s Yuan & Tang Shine In February In China — #CleanTechnica Electric Car Sales Report

March 31st, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

Traditionally, February, along with January, are the two slowest months in the Chinese plug-in vehicle market, but with sales growing 58% year over year (YoY) last month, to some 53,000 units, especially in the context of a falling market (the mainstream market was down 17% last month), one can’t really complain about this market, despite the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market share dropping slightly to 4.7% (4.3% in February). However, the 2019 result is already above the 2018 result (4.2%)


Tesla Model 3 Lands With A Bang In France — CleanTechnica EV Sales Report

March 12th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) passenger car market had 4,178 registrations in February, up 32% year over year (YoY), with all-electric models growing faster than plug-in hybrids (+46% vs +16%). A big portion of this growth came from the landing of the Tesla Model 3, which had 401 deliveries last month, but even discounting the "Model 3 effect," full-electrics grew 26%, a positive sign that the Model 3 isn't stealing sales from other electric cars but from its gas/diesel competitors


Tesla Model 3 Quickly Rises To #1 In The Netherlands — CleanTechnica EV Sales Report

March 10th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

February had 2,457 plug-in vehicle (PEV) registrations in February, up 232% year over year (YoY), which translates into a PEV share of 8.2%. That pulls the year-to-date (YTD) count to 5,713 units (+213%) and a 7.4% market share. Within the PEV market, fully electric vehicles (BEVs) represented 80% of registrations, or 5.9% of overall market share


China Electric Vehicle Sales Jump 175%, Up To 4.8% Of Auto Market In January!

February 24th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

Traditionally, January, along with February, are the two slowest months in the Chinese plug-in vehicle market, but tradition is not what it used to be. Even with disruption hitting the Chinese automotive market (the mainstream market was down 18% last month), plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales were up an amazing 175% year over year (YoY), to some 96,000 registrations


Top 10 Best Selling Fully Electric Vehicle Brands In 2019

February 18th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

Following up on my "Top 10 Best Selling Plug-In Vehicle Brands In 2019" article, this one is for EV purists. If you missed the intro in that one, I recommend reading it. Otherwise, let's jump into my forecast for the best selling fully electric vehicle brands of


Top 10 Best Selling Plug-In Vehicle Brands In 2019

February 17th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

When people ask me which will be this year's best selling EV, the answer is simple: Tesla Model 3. But when people want to know more, I can guesstimate that the runner-up spot should come from one of these three models: Nissan Leaf, BAIC EC-Series, or BYD Yuan EV, with the Japanese hatchback probably surpassing the Chinese models


Europe EV Sales: Renault Zoe Wins In December, Nissan LEAF Takes 2018 Title

February 3rd, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market ended the year on a positive note, registering a near record 40,500 units in December (+23% YoY), with the 2018 count ending at a record 386,000 deliveries, a 33% increase over 2017. The 2018 PEV market share ended at a record 2.5%, thanks to an impressive 3.9% performance in December


8% Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market Share In China!

February 3rd, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After a 3 month streak of record-breaking sales, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in December just kept on pushing forward. China registered over 180,000 PEVs in December, making it the 4th record month in a row and achieving 70% year-over-year (YoY) growth. That meant that 2018 sales ended north of the 1 million units mark. Yes, over 1 million PEVs in one year. And to think that 2017 was the first year that plug-ins reached 1 million sales globally. Whoa


Renault Zoe Wins 2018 Electric Model Trophy In Germany, BMW Wins Manufacturer Title — Germany EV Sales Report

January 19th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) passenger car market ended the year dropping 10% in December, to 5,711 registrations, with fully electric cars continuing to expand (+12% YoY) while plug-in hybrid electrics couldn't find a way out of their hole (-35% in December). Fully electrics (BEVs) now clearly outselling plugin hybrids (PHEVs) — 67% PEV segment share for BEVs in December, and well above the 2018 average (53%)


Let The Fully Electric Flood Begin! — #Europe EV Sales Report

January 1st, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After a couple of slow performances in previous months, in November, the European passenger plug-in market was back at cruising speed, with +31% year over year (YoY) sales. There were some 37,500 registrations, pulling the year-to-date (YTD) count to 345,000 deliveries (+34%). In broader context, 2018 EV market share grew to 2.4%, thanks to a 3.2% market share in November



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