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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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Renault Zoe Is #1 In Hot European Market (For Now) — February EV Sales Report

March 31st, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market landed over 69,000 registrations in February (+111% compared to February 2019), with the 2020 plug-in market growing 117%, to some 144,000 units. This is a great performance that should help to weaken the effect of the upcoming coronavirus months, in which sales will most likely fall abruptly throughout the continent


Tesla Model 3 Leads Disrupted Chinese EV Market

March 25th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

With the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) market suffering from the general lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, sales took an expected beating, with only 15,000 passenger EVs registered in February, the worst result in over 3 years, representing a 65% drop year over year


Record EV Sales Month In Germany Last Month!

March 21st, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

Following the start of the EU's new CO2 rules, the German plug-in market has (finally) clicked and February signaled another record performance, its second in a row, having registered 16,508 units in February


Renault Zoe Shines In Hot Market — Europe EV Sales Report

March 3rd, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in vehicle (PEV) market scored a near-record 75,000 registrations in December (+121%!), this being the first time since 2015 that the European PEV market scored a three-digit growth rate, with plug-in hybrids/PHEVs growing faster (+174% year over year, or YoY) than fully electric vehicles/BEVs (+89%), with the powertrain breakdown becoming more balanced between both


7% Plug-In Vehicle Share In Germany!

February 18th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market started the year on fire, jumping 128% year over year (YoY), to a record 16,131 registrations. That smashed the previous record (12,026 units) set last October, so it seems the German locomotive has (finally) been set in motion


11% Electric Vehicle Share In France!

February 15th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

The French plug-in passenger electric vehicle market broke all of its previous records in January, with all-electric models jumping 258% to 10,952 units and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles surging 238% to 3,813 registrations


Opel Ampera-e (Opel Who?!?) Wins January In The Netherlands — EV Sales Report

February 13th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

With a sales rush in the last days of 2019, one would imagine January would bring a big hangover for the plug-in vehicle market. But turns out, it hasn't. Yes, the Dutch plug-in market was down 2% year over year (YoY), to 3,184 registrations, but because the overall market fell even more (-6% YoY), the plug-in vehicle (PEV) share (7.2%, 4.3% for fully electric vehicles alone) actually grew compared to 12 months ago (6.9% in January 2019). So ... why is this happening


Tesla Model 3 Shatters Records In Hot European Market — EV Sales Report

January 27th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

The European plug-in electric vehicle market registered a record 77,000 vehicles in December (+88%!), with the Dutch market most helping to pull the market up. Fully electric vehicles (+91% year over year) grew a bit faster than plug-in hybrids (+81%), with the powertrain breakdown becoming even more friendly to fully electric vehicles (68% to 32% in December, versus 64% to 36% in 2019)


China Electric Vehicle Sales — The Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

January 20th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

After some terrible months (-42% in November), the Chinese plug-in market seems to have finally bottomed out, falling just 22% year over year (YoY) in December, to 149,000 units, with both powertrain technologies dropping. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) suffered less (only -17% YoY) than plug-in hybrids (-45%)


Renault Zoe & Tesla Model 3 Pull France To Record Heights — 2019 EV Sales Report

January 17th, 2020 | by Jose Pontes

The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market registered a record 7,250 units in December, +28% year over year (YoY), a new all time record. That was thanks to leader Renault Zoe (2,097 units, a new year best), which seems to be past the worse of the production ramp up, and the Tesla Model 3, which moved 1,250 units, its best result ever in France. Additionally, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales more than doubled YoY, helping to set the record score


Tesla Model 3 & Plug-In Hybrids Boom In November In Europe

December 24th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market landed some 55,000 registrations in November (+44%), with the Dutch market and plug-in hybrids (+80% year over year, or YoY) pulling the market up the most, while fully electric vehicles (BEVs) were waiting for the 2020 flood (+23%, their lowest growth rate since June 2018)


“Model 3 & The Disciples” — China EV Sales Report

December 21st, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

When you find yourself in times of trouble, Model 3 comes to thee Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in this hour of darkness, it is standing right in front of thee Speaking words of wisdom, let it be


BMW i3, Renault Zoe, Tesla Model 3 — Who Will Be Germany’s Best Selling EV In 2019?

December 18th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

Something clicked in the German plug-in vehicle market after the summer holidays. After two consecutive record months, November saw 10,985 units registered, only the second five-digit performance in Germany's history, after the record 11,926 units of October. It seems Europe's e-locomotive has finally been set in motion, which is a promising sign for


My Kia Soul EV — Two Years On

December 2nd, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

After two years with my Soul EV, and over 32,000 km (20,000 miles) later, the dream of having an EV is now just a good memory. The EV routine has become the new normal. The Kia has become the primary choice for driving, not only for commutes and daily errands, but also for some larger trips — up to 300 km (200 miles) — when fast-charging is available. That has left the fossil crossover relegated for that odd trip into the wilderness, or long travel where charging anxiety would be the norm


Plug-In Hybrids Pull Up Europe’s Plug-In Market — October EV Sales Report

November 29th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in vehicle (PEV) market recorded some 48,000 registrations in October (+46%), and this time it was the plug-in hybrids (+75% growth year over year, or YoY) that pulled the PEV market up. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) remained at cruising speed (+26%), leading to a nearly even (51% BEVs / 49% PHEVs, vs. 65% / 35% YTD) breakdown between both technologies in October



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