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Global Plug-in Sales for 2016 Q3 and Year to Date

Global sales of Plug-in passenger cars stand at 75500 units for September, which is 55% higher than for September last year. Year to date, nearly 518 000 units were sold, 53 % more than during the first 3 quarters of 2015. China is the worlds largest plug-in market, with 225 000 units Plug-in passenger cars sold so far in 2016, a staggering 117% higher than 2015 January-September. The Q3 results indicate that also USA (44530 units, +62%) and Europe (51050 units, +24%) pick up in pace. The best selling brand in September was Tesla with nearly 13 000 units delivered. Year to date the #1 is BYD with 75320, #2 Tesla (56000), #3 VW (42500). Counting just BEVs, Tesla clearly leads, with a share of 17,6% among all BEV sold from January to September.
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43 % of all Passenger Car Plug-ins sold in China this Year

China is the growth motor for plug-in sales. "New Energy Vehicle" volume for passenger cars more than doubled in the first quarter and growth accelerated to 140 % for Q2. In Q3, the increase slowed down to 63 % which is still higher than for any other region. Yet, the days of 2- or 3-fold sales increases seen for China, in 2014-2015  are most probably over.

The US has recovered from the weak development during 2015 (-4 %), posted +19 % for the first quarter and +18 % for Q2. The 3rd quarter saw a boost of 62 % compared to 2015,  Tesla and GM Volt being the main sources of the increase.

Europe struggles to continue on the 99 % growth rate of last year. Many markets develop strong, but the incentive changes for PHEV in the Netherlands and EVs in Denmark darken the overall picture. Growth was 31 % in Q2, only 13 % in Q2 and 24% for Q3.

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Pure EVs gain ground again

The mix of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) had moved towards Plug-in Hybrids during  previous years. There are differences between the regions, though. In China, the ratio is still two EVs on one PHEV. In USA and Europe, the EV/PHEV mix approached a 50:50 split. New model launches, mostly PHEV in Europe/US and mostly EVs in China play an important part in this.

Q3 saw a significant shift towards BEVs, thanks to the strong Tesla Q3 result and fast growing China, where BEVs gained 10% in the BEV/PHEV mix, compared to the first 3 quarters of 2015.

Europe in particular shows diverse and interesting developments in the individual countries, largely depending on the tax & incentive structures and domestic product offers. EV-volumes has been tracking the developments several years back and gained many useful insights for the impact of incentives and product news.

Check our articles for Europe and our Data Center content for more info.

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