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Author Archives: Jose Pontes

A “Vision of Hell”

October 16th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

Over weekend, on the way back  from Porto, we had a "vision of hell" — it had been a long time since we had such a stressful road trip. At 4:00 pm on Sunday, we decided to go back earlier than usual, as storm Ophelia was said to arrive to our shores during the night. The weather was unusually hot, 35°C, and windy


Renault Zoe Review — Road Trip Madeira 2017

October 2nd, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

Before I start, I want to signal my deepest appreciation to the people of Auto Zarco (Renault), for the dedication, professionalism, and sympathy in the vehicle delivery, assistance, and pickup process. I couldn't have expected better customer care!


When Will I Get My Model 3 (In Europe)?

September 10th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

When I read that international deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 would only start in "Late 2018," I wasn't much surprised, because it has been the usual Tesla modus operandi. In earlier launches, US deliveries were prioritized as well. (The first European Tesla Model S arrived in June 2013, one year after the first Model S arrived in the US. Volume deliveries started in September 2013. The same timing pattern occurred for the Model X in 2016 as well.) The surprising part was the word "late," which could mean Q4 2018, later than usual


Zoe, Leaf, & i3 Lead The Crowd In Europe (Europe Electric Car Sales)

August 26th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European plug-in car market started its usual holiday season in July, down almost a third compared to the previous month (summertime = lower sales). There were some 19,600 registrations. But that is still up 41% regarding the same month last year, so the growth trend continues. Year to date, the market is up 34% this year, with the EV share now standing at a record 1.6%


BYD Song Is China’s Tesla Model Y (China Electric Car Sales Report)

August 14th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

Some 44,700 new electric cars started zooming the Chinese streets last month, which made July the second best month ever for the segment. The electric car market grew 37% compared to the same month last year. The sales also pulled the YTD count to over 227,000 units, up 40% year over year (YoY). Additionally, regarding overall stock, a notable milestone has been reached — over one million plug-in cars are now registered in China (from 2009 until now), making it the first market to reach a 7-digit figure. Chinese electric cars now represent 40% of all plug-car stock in the world (which is up to around 2.6 millions)


Europe Electric Car Sales Up 54%

July 30th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market had a near-record month in June, with 28,000 registrations, up 54% over the same month last year. For the year through June, the market is up 30% this year, with the EV share now standing at a record 1.5%


BYD Turns On Warp Speed (China Electric Car Sales Report)

July 17th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese market had more than 43,000 new EVs zooming the streets last month. With the market growing below expectations, at 16% YoY, this performance from China feels like when LeBron James scores 28 points in an NBA Finals game — it would be a great score for anyone else, but people expect more from the star of the team


Electric Car Market Up 27% In Europe

July 1st, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European passenger plug-in market had more than 21,000 registrations last month, up 48% over the same month last year. Year-t0-date, the market is up 27% this year, with the EV share standing at 1.4%. With quality control issues solved in the second half of the month, the Renault Zoe was once again Master in Command, with the BMW i3 and Outlander PHEV recovering some ground over the ageing Nissan Leaf


China Electric Car Sales Grow 49% — BAIC EC180 Leads Rise of Microcars

June 17th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese market had more than 40,000 new EVs zooming the streets last month, a 49% increase in sales over the same month last year, with the EV market share now at 1.4%, close to last year's record (1.45%). Expect improvement as the year progresses and sales expand, with the Chinese EV market potentially surpassing 2% market share


Electric Car Road Trip — Zoomin’ In The USA (Part 2 of 3)

May 27th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

After switching cars in the morning, leaving the Nissan Leaf and picking up the blue BMW i3 REx, we prepared for the trip to Connecticut. As there would be more than one car travelling, the smaller i3 would be the cargo van, so we filled it with three suitcases and other smaller bags


BAIC EC180 Shines (China Electric Car Sales Report)

May 25th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese market had more than 32,000 new electric cars zooming the streets last month, a 49% increase over the same month last year, with the EV market share up to 1.2%. As the year proceeds and sales expand, expect the market share to rise above last year's result (1.45%), maybe even reaching north of 2%


Unstoppable Zoe (European EV Sales Report)

May 6th, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European EV market had 29,000 registrations in March, up 30% over the same month last year, making it the third best month ever, only behind the incentive-inflated Decembers of 2015 (34,000) and 2016 (30,000). At this pace, the European EV market is set to reach the 300,000 units milestone by year end. Furthermore the EV market share now coasts at a record 1.5%


BAIC Takes Gold & Bronze In China (March Electric Car Sales Report)

April 23rd, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese market had more than 32,000 new electric cars zooming the streets last month, an 89% increase over the same month last year, with the annual growth rate now at 31%. The EV market share is firmly above the 1% barrier, at around 1.4%. As the year proceeds and sales expand, expect market share to rise above last year's result (1.45%), maybe reaching north of 2% share, something the US is yet to do


Europe’s Best-Selling Electric Car = Renault Zoe

February 3rd, 2017 | by Jose Pontes

The European EV market had approximately 30,000 registrations last month, down 11% over the same month last year. This sales slip, however, had to do with the incentives-derived sales rush of the last quarter of


BMW i3 = #1 In Europe In November, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV = #1 Jan–Nov 2016

December 30th, 2016 | by Jose Pontes

The European EV market had more than 18,500 registrations last month, 5% down over the same month last year. This sales slip has to do with the incentives-derived sales rush in the last quarter of 2015 in some major EV markets, so expect this trend to continue through December. Last month, the top spots remained more or less like in October


China Electric Cars = Record 43,441 Sales In November

December 22nd, 2016 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese market had a record 43,441 new electric cars zooming the streets in November, up 36% over last October and 56% year over year (YoY), pulling the plug-in market share to a record 1.4%, above the USA (1.1%) and Europe (1.2%)


BMW = New Top Dog In European Electric Car Sales

November 27th, 2016 | by Jose Pontes

The European electric car market had more than 17,000 registrations last month, 1% down compared to October 2015. This sales slip surely has to do with the incentives-derived sales rush in the last quarter of 2015, so expect this trend to continue throughout the end of this year. In October, we saw a balanced ranking in the top spots


China Electric Car Sales — BAIC Shines Again

November 21st, 2016 | by Jose Pontes

The Chinese market had more than 32,000 new electric cars zooming the streets in October, with the market up a mere 3% over the previous month, but still, up 46% over the same month last year



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