Saturday, November 30, 2013

Japan October 2013

These Nissan NMC remind me of something...But i just can´t remember what that is.

Nissan Edition 

Ending the October month roundup, we get Japan, that with 2.145 units sold, it dropped 25% regarding last month and it's 224 less than a year ago.

Looking at the models ranking, the Nissan Leaf continued in the four digit area (1.257 units), while the #2 Outlander PHEV registered just 560 units, a small number explained by Mitsu's focus on foreign markets.

Finally, we assist the landing of the Renault Twizy Nissan NMC, with the first 45 registrations of  a presumably short number of units.

PlJapan  Oct.       YTD     %Pl '12
1Nissan Leaf1.25710.48049       2
2Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV5606.415  30     N/A
3Mitsubishi I-Miev751.3386       3
4Mitsubishi Minicab Miev931.3106       4
5Toyota Prius Plug-In e)1001.0005       1
Mitsub. Minicab Miev Truck
Nissan NMC


e) Estimate

Source:; Manufacturers;

Friday, November 29, 2013

China October 2013

My favorite chinese EV (Roewe E50) just sold 99 units this year. Why, oh why...
Top Dog Edition

China is a hard market to get accurate data, but thanks to our reader Emc2, we've got some new data regarding it, giving way to an approximate ranking of this important market (4th largest worldwide).

Up to October, sales mounted to some 7.800 units, 2.000 units less than a year ago, and most sales this year are BEV's (87%).

Based on available data and past performances, the presumed Top 5 repeats last years #1, with the Chery QQ3 EV head and shoulders (56% share) above all else with 4.207 units sold, in #2 the BYD e6 is way behind with 1.096 units, followed in third by the soon-to-be-deceased BYD F3 DM.

The JAC J3 drops 80% to just 400 units YTD, falling in the ranking from #2 to #5, while the BAIC E150 EV profits from the JAC's bad performance to climb one position and feature in #4.

1Chery QQ3 EV4.207
2BYD e61.096
3BYD F3 DM1.005
4BAIC E150 EV (e)450
5JAC J3 EV (e)400

(e) - Estimate

Thursday, November 28, 2013

World Top 10 October 2013 (Updated)

This handsome beast is hungry for green sales

Models - Energi Brothers on the Attack

With a record 19.014 plug-ins sold in October, the global market for electric cars continues to grow, thanks to record sales from several models, like the Prius Plug-In, Volvo V60 Plug-In or the Energi brothers from Ford.

In the first four positions the  #4 Prius Plug-In had record month and it's now less than 200 units behind Tesla's Model S, which should bounce back nest month. 

Behind them a lot is going on: The Outlander PHEV, helped by its Euro landing, is in comeback mode and starting to look at Zoe's fifth place with envious eyes. Also ambitious is the #7 Ford C-Max Energi, improving every month (#4 this month), distancing itself from the Kangoo ZE and now searching for the two above, while its stablemate Fusion Energi climbs to #9. The Mitsu I-Miev, which has been losing steam lately, also loses the tenth place to a strong QQ3 EV from Chery.

Still not absent from this ranking, the Volvo V60 Plug-In achieved another brilliant #6 position in October. November might see it get to the Top 10...

1Nissan Leaf4.20337.348253
2Chevrolet Volt (1)2.35722.367151
3Tesla Model S e)1.05817.024117
4Toyota Prius Plug-In2.81316.834112
5Renault Zoe9457.511528
6Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV1.0106.8655N/A
7Ford C-Max Energi1.1025.52449
8Renault Kangoo ZE5514.97336
9Ford Fusion Energi1.0924.4943N/A
10Chery QQ3 EV4544.20738


Manufacturers - Chery in #8

In the Manufacturers ranking, there's not much to say, Ford is going strong (#4 in October), and  in the bottom positions we see an update on Chery's sales (4.207 units), allowing it to climb to #8.

10Smart 5162.730215

(1) - Includes Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera;
(e) - Estimate

Questions for November

1 - Which model will be #3 in November? Prius or Model S?

2 - Will the Outlander PHEV reach #5?

3 - Can the Fusion Energi reach #8?

4 - Will it be this time that the V60 Plug-In reaches the Top 10?

5 - Can Ford threaten the #7 of Mitsubishi?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Markets Roundup October 2013

One of the Surprises of the Year, this Volvo is climbing the sales charts

Volvo V60 Plug-In is Gaining Traction

In a month without no clear winners (Prius Plug-In in the USA, Fortwo ED in Germany, Volt in Canada, V60 Plug-In in the Netherlands, Leaf in Japan, Twizy in Italy, Zoe in Austria and France, etc), it's worth mentioning the performance of the swedish electric wagon, besides having with 99% certainty two '13 YTD Best Selling Model (Netherlands and Sweden) for their trophy room, with a third (Finland) also on the way, this month it also secured the Best Selling PHEV title in Germany(!) and Italy, besides other encouraging results elsewhere.

A good sign for the swedish carmaker and a hint that it should bet more on this segment, with increased production capacity, new markets and new models (XC60 Anyone?).

Nissan Leaf World Car 

Looking by continents, we can see the Leaf dominating the Euro and Asian market, while it's still fighting for #1 in the Americas, meaning that the three factory strategy is starting to pay off. 

Trends in the G7 

In the US market the top 3 cars (Prius Plug-In, Volt and Leaf) were separated by just 93 units, while in the YTD chart, the Volt leads but has the Leaf right behind, with less than 700 cars separating them.

Looking at EV shares, Norway and Netherlands EV Shares continue to grow like there's no tomorrow, (4,63% and 2,29%, respectively), while others are witnessing more moderate rises, like the in the USA, now at 0,59%.

Germany registered the best sales month of the year (832 units), and with the german brands launching in the coming months their first entries in this segment, one can only expect that sales will go sky high...

Like in the Netherlands, where a new record was set this month with 1.911 units, making it the best selling market in Europe.

BMW has high hopes for it's small i3

Other Markets

Mentioning countries with small footprints in the electric mobility thing, the Czech Republic has the Nissan Leaf in #1 with 11 units, the Peugeot iOn is second (6 units), while the other french derivative, the Citröen C-Zero is third with 4 units sold.

Poland is another country where the Leaf leads (8 units), with the Opel Ampera second (3 units) and the Renault's Zoe and Twizy tied in third with 2 sales.  

Questions for November

1 - Where will be beaten the next sales records?

2 - Who will be the US #1?

3 - Where will the Outlander PHEV be #1?

4 - Will the Zoe recover any more #1's?

5 - Where will the BMW i3 reach #1?

6 - Will the V60 Plug-In collect any other #1?

Portugal October 2013

The new EV leader in Portugal?

BMW i3 Joins the Party Edition

The October Portuguese sales data came almost in the end of November, showing that EV's are growing 55% regarding last year, and with YTD sales at 203 units, it looks like the 2011 sales record (210 units) will be beaten, a major feat considering that unlike in '11, now there aren't any incentives to buy EV's. All this translates in a not-too-shabby 0,23% share, better than the neighboring Spain (0,14%) or the UK (0,19%), for that matter.

In the models ranking, lots of changes in a fairly fragmented market, the Renault Twizy recovers the Best Selling crown over the Peugeot iOn, with 5 units sold in October and mounting to 46 units this year and 23% share.

The Nissan Leaf (3 units sold in October) also recovers the Third spot from the Renault Fluence ZE, while the BMW i3 lands the portuguese market with 4 units sold, a significant number considering the small dimension of the portuguese EV market and the fact that these are only demonstration units.

BMW is marketing heavily the BMW i3 and considering the soft spot that the portuguese have for german cars, it wouldn't be a surprise if the bavarian hatch would lead this market in the next months...

PlPortugalOct.YTD%Pl '12
1Renault Twizy546231
2Peugeot iOn
3Nissan Leaf333163
4Renault Fluence ZE
5Smart Fortwo ED
Renault Zoe
Opel Ampera
BMW i3
Mitsubishi I-Miev



Source: Best Selling Cars Blog; Manufacturers

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Europe October 2013

The "Angry Puppy" face of the BMW i3 is already peekin' on the Euro Ranking
Up Again Edition

The european plug-in market is growing for the third month in a row, with 6.153 units sold, October brought a new  sales record, with two models selling in the four digit area: The Nissan Leaf (1.115 units), more and more the EV  leader in the Old Continent, and the Volvo V60 Plug-In (1.075 units), that just keeps on improving its monthly numbers as well as its YTD position (It's now #4).

Good performance for the Renault Zoe (942 units), a much needed improvement just when people started to doubt Renault's strategy...

The Smart Fortwo ED had a record month (395 units), climbing to #7 and the Bolloré Blue Car had a comeback month, selling 203 units, climbing two positions to #12.

The BMW i3 makes its first appearance at the bottom of the ranking (#15), but with full on sales starting in November, things will only get better for the new bavarian baby.

1Nissan Leaf1.1158.458214
2Renault Zoe9427.5061921
3Renault Kangoo ZE5514.948123
4Volvo V60 Plug-In1.0753.547922
5Toyota Prius Plug-In3173.05585
6Renault Twizy2962.67671
7Smart Fortwo ED3952.022512
8Opel Ampera2471.89652
9Tesla Model S2081.5084N/A
10Chevrolet Volt9863211
11Mitsubishi I-Miev10974628
12Bolloré Blue Car20356119
13Goupil G338456114
Citröen C-Zero
BMW i3


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Switzerland October 2013

One electric car for the swiss (rich) people: The Tesla Model S

Zoe Edition

With 100 units in October, the swiss market stumbled 30% regarding last month but, despite that, the EV share is atable at.

This month was the Renault Zoe turn to have a smash month, selling 52 units, making October the second best month of the french hatch in swiss country. As the #2 (Twizy) and #3 (Leaf), only registered one unit, Renault's star-baby distanced itself in #1 on the YTD chart.

The other car to register significant sales on the EV chart was the Tesla Model S (18 units), making Switzerland one of the most successful markets for the american manufacturer.

Finally, an unexpected move at the bottom of the YTD chart: The long dead Fisker Karma had some sort of resurrection (Stock clearance?) and sold seven units this month, enough to pass the dead man walking Citröen C-Zero and climb to #8.

1Renault Zoe522402411
2Renault Twizy 1188191
3Nissan Leaf1150156
4Tesla Model S1812913N/A
5Mitsubishi I-Miev999105
6Opel Ampera76672
7Chevrolet Volt54756
8Fisker Karma72128
9Citröen C-Zero
10Peugeot iOn
11Renault Fluence ZE
12Tesla Roadster
13Think City


Source:; Manufacturers

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Italy October 2013

Is this the first Plug-In Hybrid to succeed in Italy?

Twizy Again Edition

The Italian EV market grew for the second month on a row to 116 units, with the Renault Twizy (48 units) presenting the second best sales result of the year.

In second came the Nissan Leaf, with 25 units, enough to cement its #2 place in the YTD chart.

The surprising Volvo V60 Plug-In won the last place in the podium, with 15 units sold, beating the usual suspects Smart Fortwo ED and Renault Zoe, both having sold 12 units.

No changes in the YTD chart, with the exception of the rapid rise of the V60 in the ranking (It's now #6), leading to a curious fact: The swedish wagon only needed three months to beat the Opel Ampera (#7) as the Best Selling PHEV in Italy.

Will this be the first Plug-In Hybrid to sell significantly here? Only time will tell... 

1Renault Twizy 48341341
2Nissan Leaf25249253
3Renault Zoe1218519N/A
4Smart Fortwo ED12129138
5Renault Fluence ZE23037
6Volvo V60 Plug-In15212N/A
7Opel Ampera e)21926
8Peugeot iOn
9Chevrolet Volt
Tesla Roadster
Citröen C-Zero
Mia Electric


e) Estimate

Source:; Manufacturers.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Spain October 2013

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: Long name for a big, desirable car
Leaf Presses Hard Edition

Great month for the Nissan Leaf, with 89 units sold not only it scored the best performance of the year in the spanish market and a personal best record, it also distanced itself from its french cousins, with the Renault Zoe (41 units, personal second best performance) and the Renault Twizy now some 100 units behind. The Renault supermini climbed to #2, changing positions with its tiny stablemate, now third,with the Twizy far from the performance it had last year (800 units sold in '12 vs 159 in '13).

The Mitsubishi I-Miev (Just 2 units sold) is losing contact with the top 3, but should keep until the end of the year a meritable #4 position.

As for the rest of the market, there's not much to talk about, with the Prius Plug-In collecting 3 more sales and consolidating its best selling Plug-In Hybrid title.

This was the best month of the year for the spanish EV market, with 147 units, making the EV share to jump a little step to 0,14%.

1Nissan Leaf89252303
2Renault Zoe 4118022N/A
3Renault Twizy e)10159191
4Mitsubishi I-Miev2122159
5Renault Fluence ZE
6Toyota Prius Plug-In33746
7Smart Fortwo ED
8Renault Kangoo ZE
Peugeot iOn
Opel Ampera
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Citröen C-Zero
Chevrolet Volt


Source:; ANIACAM