The Netherlands reaches 24% BEV in October!

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The Dutch plug-in vehicle (PEV) market was in negative territory last month (-8% year-on-year), with 8,358 plug-in registrations recorded in October. However, this was to be expected, as the fourth quarter of last year was heavily influenced by upcoming tax changes which inflated registrations during this period.

And with the overall market declining faster (-24% year-on-year) than the plugins category, we can’t really complain. Last month, PEV’s share of the overall passenger car market reached an astounding 35% (24% BEV), bringing the share of PEV since the start of the year to 24% (14% BEV) and the total to 61,701 units.

The EPI market share is still slightly down compared to last year’s result (25%), but that should not be long in coming, as the market share is expected to continue to grow, probably exceeding the year’s result. last in November.

Now let’s break down the records between the two basic plugin powertrains. BEVs are back in shape, obtaining 69% of registrations in October. This allowed pure electricity to take a little more lead over plug-in hybrids in the cumulative tally for the year (58% vs. 42%). Expect pure electricity to continue growing its lead in the last two months of the year.

In September, the winner was again the Kia Niro EV, with 658 registrations, but the surprise on the podium was # 2, the Lynk & Co 01 PHEV overtaking the Skoda Enyaq # 3 thanks to a record of 578 registrations, allowing it to be # 6 in the global market!

In fact, there were 4 plugin models in the overall Dutch top 11. The Kia Niro EV has contributed to the leading position of the Kia Niro in the global market with 62% of registrations. The Skoda Enyaq was # 7 overall, and in addition to the aforementioned Lynk & Co model at # 6, we also have the Volkswagen ID.4 (4th in the plugins table) which is in 11th place overall. , thanks to a best one-year score of 469 units.

Elsewhere in the top 10, the Audi Q4 e-tron reached 5th place, thanks to a record 396 registrations, while below, other models had time to shine with the best performance of the year. This was the case with the elegant Polestar 2 No. 6 (301 units) and the resurrected Volkswagen ID.3 No. 9 (247 units). Meanwhile, below the top 10 we have to mention three representatives of Stellantis achieving the best performances of the year – the small Peugeot e-208 hatchback in # 12, with 206 units, its e-2008 crossover in # 13. (194 units), and their German cousin Opel Corsa EV at # 15 (176 units).

Another model that stood out was the Hyundai Ioniq 5, marking another chapter in its delivery surge, this time reaching 16th place thanks to a record 143 units. The sleek retro XL sedan is set to land the top 10 performance soon, something its Kia cousin, the EV6, did immediately during its landing month, with 284 units in October! Considering the popularity of the Kia Niro EV and the fact that I think the EV6 fits well with general tastes of Dutch cars (please confirm / discredit my hypothesis), I expect him to become not only a regular face on the podium, but also a contender for the 2022 EV Best Seller title in this market.

Out of the top 20, October saw the attractive Opel Mokka EV score 112 registrations, while the design-to-function Mazda MX-30 had 101 deliveries.

Looking at the 2021 standings, the race for the leading position continues, with the Kia Niro EV taking a little more distance (223 units) over the second Skoda Enyaq. With 2 months to go, I think it’s safe to assume that the 2021 title race is in the hands of these two, with the Korean winning 60/40 on the betting list.

The Volkswagen ID.4 climbed one place, to 4th place, overtaking the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and could reach the 3rd Volvo XC40 PHEV by the end of the year, which would result in a podium. 100% BEV in 2021.

The post-modern Lynk & Co 01 PHEV continues to climb the rankings, now up two places to move up to 7th place. The Chinese cousin of the Volvo XC40 achieves its first success outside its home market thanks to smart marketing and competitive (and flexible) pricing.

(By the way, when I was at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the Lynk & Co booth was one of the most visited, and most were people under 35. So their unusual marketing strategy – Mini-meets-Smart- meet-fashion-brand – was already making headway with its target audience, and it looks like the strategy is working again in the few European markets where it has a presence.)

In the second half of the table, the highlights are the Peugeot e-208 which jumped three places, at n ° 12, the little Carlin succeeding in beating (for good?) His great rival, the Renault Zoe.

Another model on the rise is the Polestar 2, which climbs three positions, up to 14th place. The elegant fastback takes advantage of the cheaper versions to outperform the BMW 3 Series PHEV, which has lost positions in recent times, due to the current changing winds (BEVs are back, baby!).

Speaking of shifting winds, we have three new faces in the top 20 (Audi Q4 e-Tron, Mercedes EQA and Volkswagen ID.3), all of which are BEVs and all replacing the PHEV models, which now makes 15 BEVs in the top 20. And while last year’s BEV score of 18 in the top 20 should be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve this year, the truth is that this year’s registrations will be closer to actual market demand. and less inflated by tax changes or CO2 mandates.

While in the model ranking the Kia Niro EV is starting to become the favorite for the title of Best Seller, in the manufacturer ranking the current leader is much less assured.

Volvo (10%) held onto the leading position in October, but was less than 100 units ahead of a rising Kia (10%, up 1 percentage point), which displaced BMW (9 %, down 1 percentage point) to 3rd place. . With the Korean automaker benefiting from the recent EV6 addition, expect it to overtake Volvo soon, especially as the PHEV-heavy The Swedish automaker’s lineup is not aligned with the more recent BEV trend.

Outside the podium we have Ford, with 8% share, closely followed by Skoda, also at 8% share, while # 7 Volkswagen (6% share) is close to # 6 Mercedes (also 6% share). go).

On the OEM side, there are important changes to report this time around, while the Volkswagen Group (21%, down 1 point) is solid in its leadership position, and the Lynk & Co and Polestar surges have helped the # 2 Geely-Volvo (15%, up to 1 point) to stay safe in second place, below those two we have a new bronze medalist.

After Hyundai-Kia (12%, up 1 point) overtook the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in September, the next task was for the Korean OEM to gain two places, ahead of Stellantis and the BMW Group of one hit and landing in the last place on the podium. It’s an impressive performance, having gained 3 positions and 3 percentage points in the past two months. As the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are just getting started, expect the Korean group to continue to grow, perhaps becoming the Volkswagen Group’s main competitor in the 2022 race.

Finally, a few words on why Tesla decided to use the Netherlands as a pilot market for the opening of the Tesla Supercharger network. In my opinion, this is because it is arguably the most developed major EV market when it comes to charging infrastructure. In fact, despite its small area, the Netherlands has the largest number of charging points in Europe, even higher than Germany, which means that with such density, the Tesla Supercharger network is not a selling point like in other countries, so an additional volume of users from other brands should be more manageable and create fewer complaints from current Tesla owners than in other markets with a less developed charging infrastructure.

To get an idea of ​​the variety that there is in the Netherlands, it is common to find more than one open CPO (charging point operator) operating at the same service station, and all with chargers from at least 150 kW. For example, you could have 2 or 3 Shell charging points in the Shell service area, then about 50 meters away a Fastned charging station with 4 additional charging points, also at 150 kW. And then on top of those we have these places that also have Ionity, Tesla SuperChargers. … Where else in the world is this the common experience in a service area?

The Fastned case is interesting, because while Ionity was supposed to replicate the Tesla Supercharger network, the truth is that the rapidly expanding Fastned network does a better job. Personally, I think in some places the Fastned stations are more beautiful, more visible and more functional. Not only are they covered, using the roof to house solar panels (providing clean, renewable energy while protecting people and cars from the elements), but I also particularly like the steering wheel layout, which makes parking easier and recharging.

The Netherlands is a real charge the Nirvana.

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