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We focus on the plug-in vehicle sales development and its drivers: Products, prices, batteries, charging infrastructure, regulations and incentives. Total market knowledge notwithstanding, our dedication to plug-ins allows us to dig deeper. The facts originate from a myriad of sources in over 80 markets and an engaged network of EV enthusiasts around the world. Selecting the best, reliable information is part of the effort. Tenacity and experience helps: Our global consolidation on EV-volumes.com is one of a kind. Keeping it simple and structured saves all users plenty of time. From the vast stream of daily EV news we create the synthesis which allows you to connect the dots.

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04 December: An update of the 27 Nov file with late reported imports in China, instead of estimates. Tesla actuals came out significantly lower than our initial estimates, with only 148 deliveries in October, a fraction of what is normal. The US-China trade conflict takes it's toll, literally. The global total remains close to 219 000 units including LCVs, 71 % above last year. The global plug-in share for October was 2,8 % within global light vehicle sales of 7,73 million (LMC).

29 November: TheBattery Shipment Tracker is updated including the global September and October results. Nearly 52 Gigawatt-hours of battery capacity has been sold in Passenger Cars and Light Commercial Vehicles this year. We expect 70 GWh of capacity to be sold during the complete 2018. Due to the general increases in battery size per vehicle, the installed capacity increases are even faster than for plug-in vehicle volumes. NMC, NCA (Tesla) and LPF (China) are the dominating chemistries. NCA has recently gained share with the ramp-up of the Tesla Model-3.

27 November: The global tally for October is nearly complete. China deliveries including imports and LCVs ended up at 137 800 units, which is a new record and 86 % above October last year. Particularly Commercial Vehicles developed strong. Other notable results: Portugal +74 %, Italy +110 %, Switzerland -6 %. The global total stands at 219 200  units for the month, 71 % above October last year and a new record. YTD, 1538 000 plug-ins have been delivered, +64 % vs Jan-Oct 2017, a number which could be even higher without the persisting supply constraints this year.

20 November: The Specification Database is updated with 12 new models and several revisions to existing specs. It now also contains the important Audi E-Tron Quattro EV and the Mercedes EQC400 EV, even if deliveries have not started yet.

19 November: Preliminary October results for China are available, with imports and LCVs still to be reported. The change over October 2017 is +80 % for passenger cars, so far, but will increase further. October is already a new all-time-high for plug-in deliveries in China, with 122 500 units, still counting. The BAIC EC180/200 series is back with a battery upgrade and sold over 20 000 units in just one month, more than the Tesla Model-3, actually. Other October results: UK +37%, Japan -45 % (weak Prius and Leaf sales), South Korea +131 % +252 %, Austria +43 %. The global tally stands at 199 000 for the month, with markets/segments worth 15 000 sales still missing. Accounting for them, October will beat the 207 500 of September and reach a another record.

12 November: Further sales results for October uploaded to the volume tool. Germany -14 %, Netherlands 151 %, France +25 %, Denmark +123 %, Finland +50 %. The data for USA is now complete and October finished +138 % over October 2017. Germany is hit hard by the PHEV shortage, while markets with higher BEV shares hold up better.

4 November: The first round of October sales results is available. Tesla delivered another 18 350 units Model-3 in USA and Canada. Total plug-in sales increased by at least 120 % in USA and 74 % in Canada. The tally for USA is not complete, yet. Sweden +21 % and Norway +22 % are held back by the persistent shortage of PHEV deliveries, due to pending WLTP approvals. BEVs do not have these issues and increased by 115 %  and 70 % in SE and NO respectively. Belgium (-10 %) is in reverse for the same reasons and higher taxes on high-end plug-ins. The latest round of subsidies has expired in Spain and sales decreased by 14 %. All %-values are versus October 2017.

2 November: The Charging Station Counter is updated to the global status of October. The number of charging locations, including China has surpassed 300 000, an increase of 14 % over April 2018. As usual, the number represents the sum of public locations per connector type and accounts for locations with more than one connector type. This is common for e.g. multi-chargers, which can offer CCS, ChaDeMo and high-power Type-2 outlets in one stall.

28 October: A minor update to the global result for September, with 800 units added for remaining markets and late reported entries in China. The total is now 206 400 units, including LCVs. And yes, the Tesla Model-3 was the best selling plug-in worldwide, with volumes among the top-5 cars in USA, ICE cars I should point out.

22 October: Global September sales results available for all except a few very minor markets. The global result is a new, monthly all-time-high for plug-in sales, with 195 700 units passenger cars. Including LCVs the number is 205 600 units. The new record was set despite just 2 % PEV growth in a very depressed Europe light vehicle market, with total sales 24 % below September of last year. This is the payback for  25 % overshooting in August. The background is the mandate for WLTP certification from September 2018 onwards, which leads to higher fuel consumption ratings for all cars except BEVs. Complicated test procedures have caused a huge back-log of uncertified variants, sales are halted for many PHEVs in Europe. Large markets with a high PHEV share in the mix, like Germany, UK and Belgium saw declines in plug-in sales of over 10 % versus September last year. BEV sales are less affected by the turmoil and continued to grow by 24 %. Globally, September was still 53 % higher than last year, thanks to Tesla Model-3 (23 600 deliveries last month) and strong growth in China (+62 %).

21 October: The Battery Shipment Tracker did not sum up the August results correctly. This is corrected in a revised version of the file. We apologise for this.

08 October: The Future Plug-in Vehicle Rollout database is updated to the latest status of our research. The future portfolios and strategies of many OEM have taken shape and we are now covering over 360 future models to come between 2019 and 2023. They add to the over 200 models on sale during 2018. The database adds 2023 in the outlook and the launches of 2018 move into the next file-edition of the Current Model Specifications. The new file has more options for filtering and adds a new OEM column for more specifics on brand owners and joint ventures.

08 October: The Battery shipment tracker is updated with the global deliveries for July August. Another 6,3 GWh of capacity were installed in Light Vehicles (Cars, Light Trucks, LCVs) around the world. The number one supplier is Panasonic (Tesla) with 33 % sector share, #2 is Chinese CATL with 14 %. Regarding chemistries, deliveries were 47 % NMC, 33 % NCA and 14 % LFP, the latter mostly used by Chinese companies.

07 October: September sales results available for USA, 44 600 units in total (+110 %), nearly half of the deliveries were Tesla Model-3. Together with S&X, Tesla sold 2/3rd of all plus-ins in USA. Other updated markets: Norway +1 % (waiting lists), Sweden +23 %, Belgium minus 43 % (lower PHEV incentives, pending WLTP certifications), Netherlands +143 % (4 of 5 were BEVs). Please note that results in other countries can be partial, with some of the brands still to be reported.

03 October: The global tally for August finished at 177 000 plug-in vehicles, a 62 % increase over August last year. Year to date, the growth is 64 % over the same period of last year. Thes numbers include light commercial vehicles, which stood for 4 % of plug-in sales. For the first time since many months, global growth was higher than China growth. Not that China EV sales are weakening (August was still 55 % above last year),  but the Tesla Model-3 is the new, global best-seller and the US and Canada have among the fastest growing plug-in sales now. Model-3 sales outside North America start next year.

24 September: August sales update for China, + 55 % over August last year and 95 % year-to-date. The best seller BAIC EC180/200 series is back with half a month of volume, following a time-out for battery approval. The high-selling ZhiDou mini-EVs  are still not back on track. Others compensate, like BYD with the new Yuan EV, a compact, affordable SUV, with 4500 sales in August. Other August results: South Korea +72 %, Japan +15 %, Switzerland +50 %, Denmark +106 %. Including a high level estimate for the countries still to be reported, the global tally is close to 175 000 units, a new high for 2018 and 60 % above August 2017. Year-to-date, the increase is 63 %.

16 September: Sales volume update with July actuals for China imports, Spain, France, South Korea replacing the earlier estimates. The month ended with 147 300 units including passenger cars and LCVs. The growth over July 2017 was 52 %. Further results came in for August: Germany +21 %, Canada +233 %, Netherlands 138 %, Spain +9 %, France +49 %.

12 September: The plug-in specification database is amended with 4 new EVs for China: the Nissan Sylphy, a Leaf sibling from their J/V with Dongfeng,  the Toyota iX4, a mid-size SUV from their J/V with GAC,  the Ora compact SUV by Great Wall and GSe Cross EV by Geely. Base list-prices were updated for 76 entries.

9 September: The first country results for August came in, the highlight: USA + 120 % which can be attributed to 17 800 deliveries of the Tesla Model-3. In total, Tesla sold 5 times more in the US than in August last year. Plug-in sales in Sweden increased +32 %, reaching 9,7 % share in a still depressed car & LCV market, following the introduction of a bonus-malus taxation scheme. Plug-in sales could even be higher if it was not for long delivery times of certain models, says Bil Sweden. The same is likely the case in Norway, where PEV sales increased by just 15 %. The Netherlands increased by 138 % vs August last year and 86 % of Plug-in sales are now pure electric.

1 September: The Battery Volume Tracker is updated with the global deliveries including June. The strong trend towards NMC chemistries continues, combined with reduced Cobalt content. 95 % of all NCA batteries are used for Tesla; the growth of this type will depend on the Model-3 ramp-up. The LFP battery volume stagnates and the LMO type (Leaf Gen-1) is clearly on the decline. For the complete 2018, we expect at least 65 GWh of battery capacity to be installed in plug-in passenger cars and LCVs, worldwide.

28 August: A minor update on global volumes for July, with estimates for imported models in China and for models with late reporting in France and Spain. The tally in China stands at 74 600 passenger cars for July, 61 % above last year. China deliveries are still impacted by the new subsidy requirements for e-range and energy density of traction batteries. The global total for July approaches 143 000 units passenger cars (+56 %), plus approximately 5500 light commercial vehicles.

19 August: July results for several countries available in the Data Centre. The final July result for USA came in at 29 514 units, +90% vs year ago, thanks to 14 250 Tesla Model-3 deliveries. Many other models stagnated or posted losses vs July 2017. More July results: Canada 3346 (+126 %), Germany 6018 units (+29 %), U.K 4770 (+27 %), Italy 1438 (+225 %), Norway 3885 units -3 % (!) in a weak overall market with low Tesla deliveries. Belgium has reduced incentives for luxury PHEVs and lost 23 %. Japan lost 10 % by weak Prius PHEV sales. China results for July are fairly complete, apart from LCVs. We are counting 73 000 NEV passenger cars, so far, a gain of 60 % over July 2017. Results for France, Spain and some others are still partial and will completed in the next update.

11 August: Plug-in vehicle specification database updated. Changes involve mostly the exterior dimensions for some models where we refined to more "millimetre precision". 12 new vehicles were added, among them 7 from China: BAIC EU5, BYD Yuan, Nio ES8, GAC Trumpchi GS4, Geely Borui, Yema EC30, Sinogold GM3, the Tesla Model 3 AWD and Performance versions, Tata Tigor and the Audi A8 e-tron. They have appeared with material sales in our statistics now.

6 August: Global sales results for June are up-loaded to the Data Centre. A total of 163 350 plug-in vehicles (incl. LCVs) were delivered, 54 % more than in June last year. For the 1st half year of 2018, sales were 66 % higher than Jan-Jun 2017. The up-load also includes early results for July: Sweden +102 %, following the introduction of the new bonus-malus taxation scheme in July. The plug-in shares in Sweden reached 18 % in a depressed overall July market, where sales of ICE vehicles were protracted to June, to avoid the hefty road tax increase. The US results are still partial, ca 4000 units are missing and will be inserted in the next update. Tesla shows a healthy Model-3 increase, but mind that 2-3000 of the 14 250 deliveries were delayed from June, in order to stay clear of the 200 000 unit threshold. This way, the full tax refund period is extended by one quarter.

29 July: We are still waiting for the June numbers in Italy and for China imports. Therefore no update to the Datacenter this weekend. We now expect them by Tuesday 31 July.

14 July: Sales results for June in USA +33 %, Canada +211%, Germany +33 %, Netherlands +133 %, Sweden +66 %, Norway +34 % and many others. The numbers for UK, China imports, Austria, Portugal and Japan are still incomplete. The global tally stands at 147 000 units for June, with ca 11 000 units not collected, yet. In China, BEVs below 150 km e-range and/or below 105 Wh/kg specific battery capacity got their subsidies withdrawn . Popular mini-EVs like the BAIC EC180 and the ZhiDou D1/D2 had few or no sales in June, which put a 20k dent into the China numbers. They were still high, with over 80 000 domestic sales, 63 % above June last year.

10 July: The battery shipment tracker is updated to include global sales of May 2018. Adding some new sources, we could fill plenty of blind spots for battery types and suppliers for China plug-ins. The trend of replacing LFP batteries by NMC types is now even stronger. This is in terms of share; due to the rapid market growth, none of the big-3 chemistries NMC, NCA, LFP is actually decreasing in shipment volume. This is different for LMO, where its last large customer, Nissan Leaf went all NMC for the second generation. 18,3 GWh of battery capacity have been delivered in light vehicles this year. We expect this to reach 60 GWh at the end of the year.

09 July: The vehicle specification file is updated to the latest status and contains all plug-in models with sales over 500 units in 2017 or 200 units in 2018. The file has many blanks and unknowns specs resolved and 6 new models were added this time. The change-log gives the details for all amendments. The specification database has now 168 plug in models, currently on sale around the world. It covers up to 60 spec data points per vehicle, including performance ratings in 4 regions and prices in 6 countries.

02 July: Complete global sales available for May. The increase in U.K. was 63 %, in Italy it was 117 %, albeit from a small base of 450 units in May last year. The global total added up to 166 500 units BEV and PHEV, an increase of 73 % over May 2017. China stood for 59 % of all plug-in sales in May. Year-to-date,  616 000 plug-ins were delivered, 69 % more than last year. China's share in the 616k is 50 %. Counting January through May, Chinese BYD leads the manufacturer ranking with 55 500 deliveries, followed by Tesla with 51 400 and Chines BAIC (BJEV) with 51 000 units. BMW incl. Mini is a good #4 with 47 200 deliveries.

27 June: Sales volume updates for Australia, including previous months and May numbers for Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Hungary and LCVs in China. Also Japan is complete now. The tally stands at 159 600 now (including 240 FCEV this month), with the numbers for Italy and U.K. still coming in. The next update with the complete, global May results comes after the weekend.

18 June: May sales results for China, ca 4000 units LCVs and some imports still missing. Not counting LCVs, growth over May 2017 is a staggering 127 %, YTD growth is 125 % for China. The global tally stands at 153 000 units for May and is likely to reach 167 000 when the collection is complete, an increase of 73 % over May 2017. Latest country results: Germany +32 %, New Zealand +94 % (new car sales only), South Korea + 44 %, Czech Republic +75 %.

10 June: May sales results available for USA, +48 % incl. 6250 Tesla Model-3, again, by far the best selling plug-in. Canada was up 56 %, but just 300 Model-3 were delivered. Other markets with May numbers are Netherlands +118 %, Sweden +26 %, Switzerland +32%, Spain +58 %, France +9 %, Belgium -14 %, Israel +427 % Denmark +835 % (!), Australia +92 %, the latter three from a very low volume base. Japan has the Leaf number only, the rest is available in ca 10 days.

03 June: Battery volume tracking file updated to April vehicle deliveries. So far, 12,8 GWh of battery capacity were sold in BEVs, PHEVs and FCEVs during 2018. We are expecting 60 GWh in light vehicles for the entire 2018. Last year, 37,2 GWh were installed in 1,28 million light vehicles, an additional 28 GWh in heavy vehicles, mostly e-buses in China. Batteries with NMC chemistry (Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt) have further strengthened their position, displacing the LFP and LMO types.

02 June: April sales complete worldwide. The increase over April 2017 was 85 % and YTD growth stands at 66 %. Except for the Tesla Model-3 (rank 7), the top-10 best selling plug-ins for April were either Chinese or Japanese brands. Regarding market share, the European Nordic countries are ahead of the game. Norway had 43 %, Iceland 17 %, Sweden 6,3 %, Finland 5,3% in April. Common traits in this cluster are high, stable incentives, relatively cheap, low-carbon electricity and high fuel prices for, both, petrol and Diesel. Among the larger economies, China had the highest share with 3,8 %.

21 May: Sales data update with April numbers for China +128 % (!), Germany +61 %, UK +41 %, Japan +32 %, South Korea +70 %, Austria +34 % and others. China does not have the LCV portion in there, yet, we are still working on that. With most markets collected the global total is up 86 % over April 2017, one of the highest %-increases ever recorded.

13 May: Sales database update with April results for USA +47 %, Canada +118 %, Norway +81 %, Sweden +80 %, France +30 %, Netherlands +144 % (at last), Spain +123 %, Iceland +121 %. Please note that Switzerland, Japan, Belgium and South Korea have partial results, with updates coming soon. Tesla delivered another 3900 units Model-3 in April and it was, again, the best selling PEV in USA.

2 May: Plug-in sales update with the worldwide results for March, which finished at 145 700 deliveries, 52 % more than March 2017. The increase for Q1 is 58,5 % over Q1 of last year. Like for Europe, we are now including Light Commercial Vehicles in China in the dataset. They accounted for 55 000 units in 2017 and 6000 in 2018, so far. Their origin is from a very fragmented, small scale industry and we show most of their volume as unspecified regarding brand and content. We are developing sources to find out what they really are.

30 April: The global Charging Station counter is updated to the status 0f April 2018. We have now obtained sufficiently reliable information for China and the numbers are included in this edition for the first time. The China time-series goes back to 2015 and roughly doubles the number of public stations, worldwide, compared to the previous database. 270 000 public stations are available now, around the world, one station for 12 plug-in vehicles on the road. During the last 12 months, the number of stations has increased by 23 %, which is half the pace of global plug-in sales increases.

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Roland's challenge: Accustomed with a 20 years career as a market and technology expert in the automotive industry at different OEMs, my passion and expertise in the market could be shared with anyone via EV-volumes.com. Access to high quality market facts is hard to find. The emerging EV market is very dynamic and interest in good statistics is growing, and EV-volumes is where I can share my knowledge, passion and expertise.

José's mission: Being the best sales tracker of plug-in vehicle sales all over the world, EV-volumes is how I can benefit from my expertise: "When I started this, there were about 5 models on sale in 10 markets, now it's 80 models in over 40 markets. It starts to become a full-time job". An immense community of readers and supporters regularly follows my blog and EV-volumes is the natural path in this growing work.

Viktor's venture:  Studying a M.Sc. in Management & Economics of Innovation from Chalmers University of Technology, analyzing emerging markets and market disruptions from new innovations is my expertise. Being passionate about automobiles and especially electric engines and clean technology, EV-volumes.com is the natural outcome of my set of skills. I am convinced the automotive future history is both electric and autonomous.

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