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Author Archives: Jose Pontes

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


Nissan LEAF Amazes In EV Sales Record Storm (Europe Electric Car Sales Report)

April 30th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in car market hit unprecedented levels last month, beating a two-year old record (34,000 units in December 2015) by scoring over 40,000 registrations. That's 41% growth compared to the same period last year, and pulls the year-to-date count to 87,000 deliveries (37% growth). It allowed the 2018 market share to date to reach 2% (2.2% in March)


BYD Steps Up (China Electric Car Sales Report)

April 22nd, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

After the usual off-season (January and February), March came and electric car sales surged to 59,000 units in China, up 85% year over year (YoY). Quarter 1 2018 sales doubled compared to the same period last year, to over 122,000 units


Tesla Model S & BMW 5 Series Neck & Neck In Netherlands (March Electric Car Sales Report)

April 22nd, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The Netherlands had 1,834 registrations in March, up 123% compared to March 2017. Last month actually resulted in a 4.3% plug-in vehicle share of the auto market, thus helping the 2018 share climb to 3.3%. The Tesla Model S was once again the monthly best seller, thanks to 588 registrations, allowing it to beat its own record of 576 deliveries, which dated back from December


New Nissan LEAF Lands With A Bang In Europe (Europe Electric Car Sales Report)

April 9th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market scored over 22,000 registrations in February 2018, growing 39% compared to the same period last year (YoY) and pulling the year-to-date count to almost 47,000, a 35% increase over the same period in 2017. The plug-in vehicle market now holds a 1.9% market share in Europe. Unfortunately, plug-in hybrids (+54% YoY) continue to outrun fully electric vehicles (+26%), thus increasing by two percentage points their lead over fully electric cars (55% vs 45%)


Europe Electric Car Sales In January — VW e-Golf Starts In The Lead

March 3rd, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in car market started the 2018 season with almost 26,000 registrations, growing 36% compared to the same period last year, a promising start that unfortunately is being made for the most part thanks to growth in plug-in hybrids (+44% year over year). In fact, plug-in hybrids now represent more than half (53%) of deliveries


Tesla Surges, But Renault Zoe Coasts To #1 In 2017 Europe Electric Car Sales

January 27th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market ended the 2017 season with a near record performance, growing 11% compared to the same period last year by registering some 33,700 units, just a whisker below the all-time record of December 2015 (33,827) — which, let’s not forget, was inflated by fiscal changes that happened in the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark in January


BMW i3 Wins November (Europe Electric Car Sales Report)

January 2nd, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in vehicle market had its best not-last-month-of-quarter record in November, with over 29,000 vehicles delivered to happy customers. This is the 7th time in the last 8 months that we saw +50% growth rates


My Kia Soul EV — One Month On

December 31st, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

I’ve had the Soul EV for approximately one month, driven it for 3,000 km (1,900 miles), and … have been lovin’ it!


BAIC Blowout In November — 16,000 Sales! (China Electric Car Sales Report)

December 24th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The rise and rise of the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market is unstoppable, with yet another record performance in November — 84,000 new passenger PEVs registered last month. That's almost double last year's total for November. That 84,000 also put the year to date (YTD) count over 490,000, up 60% year over year (YoY)


My Kia Soul EV (CleanTechnica Review)

November 27th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

This is a story of someone jumping from a gas car to a fully electric car, replacing a much loved 15 year old Honda for a brand new Kia Soul EV. I explain below why I chose this car and some first impressions, as well as my first days in the adventure of using public charging infrastructure, due to lack of home charging


Tesla = #1 And #3 In Near-Record Month (Europe Electric Car Sales)

October 31st, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market returned from the holiday season with fully charged batteries, growing almost a third (+32%) compared to the same period last year by registering some 33,700 units. That's just a whisker below the all-time record of December 2015 (33,827), which, let’s not forget, was inflated by fiscal changes that happened in the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark in January


(Yet Another) Record Electric Car Month In China

October 18th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The rise and rise of the Chinese plug-in car market seems unstoppable, with another record performance in September. In total, 59,000 new passenger plug-in cars were registered last month in China, growing 80% regarding the same month last year, pulling the year to date (YTD) count to over 338,000 units, up 48% Yo



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