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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.



Author Archives: Jose Pontes

Chevrolet Bolt — The Right Electric Car On The Wrong Continent

October 21st, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The Bolt EV was GM’s natural follow-up to the Volt's pioneering steps into electromobility. With the compact plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) market covered with the Volt, it was time for GM to go after the fully electric (BEV) subcompact segment, and for that, GM teamed up with Korea's LG. The result was a small yet space-efficient EV with a big, flat roller-skate battery between the wheels and a powerful motor. It was GM's first BEV-dedicated platform


BMW i3S — The BMW Version of the i3?

October 21st, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

I has really happy to get the opportunity to try out the new i3S on my recent trip to the US (many thanks, BMW USA!), as it would give me an opportunity to compare it to the standard i3 I had last year. That was the most fun I ever had with an EV (until this year, that is)


Zoe, Leaf, i3 = #1, #2, #3 In France — September EV Sales Report

October 13th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The French plug-in passenger car market had 3,799 registrations in September, with all-electric models continuing to grow (+10%) while plug-in hybrids were in a post-NEDC hangover (down 9%), something that was expected. For the year through September, the country had 43% year over year (YoY) growth


BMW Plug-Ins Shine In Germany — September EV Sales Report

October 13th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in electric passenger car market was down 12% in September, to 4,626 registrations, with PHEVs stumbling 24% year over year (YoY). This was no doubt due to the pre-WLTP summer sales rush. Nonetheless, fully electric cars (BEVs) kept on growing (+5%), allowing full electrics to sell at the same level as PHEVs


Tesla Model 3 — Two Cars For The Price Of One

October 6th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

This is part two of a two-part review of the Tesla Model 3. I am a Portuguese man living in Portugal and recently visited the United States and Canada for a couple of weeks. On the trip, I spent a week with the Model 3 and am offering my honest opinions on the car in this day-by-day narrative


The Porsche Cayenne PHEV Soars To #3 In Europe, Electric Car Sales Up 42%

September 29th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market grew slightly above average last month (42% in August vs 41% year to date). The continent registered some 30,000 plug-in cars, pulling the year-to-date (YTD) count to some 242,000 deliveries and pushing the 2018 market share to 2.3%. For the month of August, the market share was 2.7%


New BYD Tang #1 in August in China — China Electric Car Sales Report

September 28th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese plug-in vehicle (PEV) market hit its second best score this year, with some 93,000 units registered in August. However, it was up only 62%. This is a slowdown from the three-digit growth rates of previous months, and is explained by the fact that "new energy vehicle" subsidies were slashed for vehicles with range lower than 150 km. That happened in June, resulting in many small city EVs losing a large number of sales


BMW & Porsche Shine In Germany — German Electric Car Sales Report

September 24th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in vehicle (PEV) passenger car market grew 23% in August, to 5,888 registrations, with BEVs growing slower (+13%) than PHEVs (+31%). In 2018, fully electrics saw their share drop slightly to 0.9% share, while plug-in hybrids remained stable at 1%, making the total PEV share now 1.9%


Europe’s Electric Car Sales Up 30% In July — #CleanTechnica Report

August 27th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market slowed down a bit to enjoy the holiday season, registering some 27,000 registrations in July. That's an increase of 30% compared to the same period last year. It pulled the year-to-date count to some 212,000 deliveries (+41% YoY), while the 2018 EV market share remained stable at 2.2%, which, incidentally, was the same market share registered in July


China’s Electric Car Sales Up 64% In July — #CleanTechnica Report

August 26th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market is in summer-chill mode, with some 75,000 units being registered in July, up only 64%. Yes, this is a slowdown from the three-digit growth rates of previous months. It is explained by the fact that "New Energy" subsidies were slashed to vehicles with full-charge driving range lower to 150 km in June, so most small city EVs stopped seeing sales, draining a significant percentage of over PEV sales


Europe Electric Car Sales Up 37% In June — #CleanTechnica Report

July 30th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market continues pushing forward. In June, the continent registered some 38,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEV), up 37% relative to the same period last year and the continent's second best performance ever. That showing pulled the year-to-date (YTD) count to some 185,000 deliveries (+43% year over year, or YoY). In total, the 2018 PEV market share of the overall car market there is up to 2.2% (2.4% in June)


China Electric Car Sales Up 77% In June — #CleanTechnica Report

July 29th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market lifted off the accelerator, with some 78,000 units registered in June, up only 77%. This slowdown from the three-digit growth rates of previous months is explained by the fact that, in June, "new energy" subsidies were slashed to vehicles with ranges lower to 150 km. That means most small "city EVs" stopped being sold, draining a significant percentage of sales


Tesla Has A Record Month In The Netherlands (#CleanTechnica Report)

July 23rd, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The Netherlands saw 2,309 electric vehicle (PEV) registrations in June, up 141% compared to the same month last year, pulling the year-to-date count to 9,074 units (+131%) and the 2018 share up to 3.6%. The PEV market share reached 4.9% in June, the country's best result in 18 months


Renault Zoe Climbs To #1 In Germany (#CleanTechnica Report)

July 21st, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in electric car (PEV) market grew 23% in June, to 5,709 registrations, with plug-in hybrids (+25%) and fully electric cars (+21%) growing at a similar pace. In 2018, all-electrics are reaching 1% share, while plug-in hybrids have also grown their share to 1%, resulting in a total PEV share of 2%


Leaf & Zoe Ahead Of The Pack In Europe (#CleanTechnica Electric Car Sales Report)

June 30th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market continues pushing forward, registering some 29,000 registrations in May. That's up 38% compared to the same period last year and pulls the year-to-date (YTD) count to over 146,000 deliveries (+44%), keeping the 2018 market share at 2.1% (2.0% in May). Fully electric cars (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) grew at the same pace (+38%) in May, with plug-in hybrids now having an advantage of 6,000 units. Will we see all-electrics bounce back in the second half of the year


Mercedes E350e Shines In Germany (#CleanTechnica Electric Car Sales Report)

June 30th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) passenger car market cooled off somewhat in May, growing just 24% year over year (YoY) to 4,711 registrations. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) slowed down significantly (+6%), while fully electric cars (BEVs) continued growing at a healthy pace (+52%). In 2018, with all-electrics reaching 1% share and plug-in hybrids are dropping their share to 0.9%, the total PEV share of the German car market is 1.9%


Tesla Model S Climbs To #1 In Netherlands, Nissan LEAF #1 In May

June 10th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

April had 1,311 plug-in car registrations in the Netherlands, up 123% compared to the same period last year, pulling the year-to-date count to 6,765 units (+128%), and pulling the 2018 share slightly up, to 3.3%. Fully electric cars (BEVs) represented 88% of all PEV sales


Stating The Obvious: Electrification Comes From Above

June 4th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

While reading an article on the ING website regarding a study on electric vehicle sales in the Dutch market by value, instead of by units, something struck me: the Tesla Model S was the 5th highest revenue generating model (€85 million) in the Netherlands in the first quarter, with an average price of €104,800!


BYD & The Oompa Loompas Shine (China Electric Car Sales Report)

May 26th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

After the usual off-season (January and February), the Chinese plug-in vehicle (PEV) market is back at full charge, with 71,000 units registered in April, up 129% year over year (YoY). Overall, 2018 sales have more than doubled compared to the same period last year


… On How Some Tesla Fans Can Do More Harm Than Good To The Electric Revolution

May 20th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

This morning, while waiting for my EV to charge at a public charging station (one of many inconveniences of living in an apartment), a group of teenagers walked by the car and one of them said in a way I could hear from inside it: "Hey! This car is charging...." Then he looked to me and said, disapprovingly: "Na... This is no good, buy a Tesla!"


Electric Car Sales Up 34% In France (#EVSales)

May 12th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The French plug-in electric passenger car market scored 2,833 registrations in April, up 34% year over year (YoY), with plug-in hybrids continuing to grow faster than all-electrics (PHEVs +46%, BEVs +28%). Altogether, that pulled the market up by 20% in 2018, to 13,725 plug-in car registrations in the first trimester of the year


Nissan LEAF Crushes It In The Netherlands In April (#EVSales)

May 11th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The Netherlands had 963 registrations in April, up 170% compared to the same period last year. That pulls the year-to-date (YTD) count to 5,472 units (+129%), while placing the 2018 share at 3.2%. Fully electric cars (BEV) represent a whopping 87% of all plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales



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