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

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


BMW i3 Wins September In Europe, But 2 Tesla Models In Top 5

November 1st, 2016 | by Jose Pontes

The European EV market had 24,000 registrations last month, up 47% over September last year, being not only the best month of the year but also the second best selling month ever, only behind highly inflated December 2015 (34,000 registrations). With the market set to surpass the 200,000 units (205K? 210K?) by year end, the EV share now stands north of the 1% frontier (1.1%)



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