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Tesla Model Y = Most Likely Next EV Of EV Owners In Netherlands & Norway — CleanTechnica Report

Probably the most interesting question we asked in these surveys was one of the simplest: “What do you think your next EV model will be?” It is particularly interesting because it gives us a strong sense of where the market is headed, and combined with answers to some other questions (see the next chapter), it also tells us a bit about which features and specs matter the most to EV buyers

Are Car Dealerships Now Actively Advertising Electric Vehicles? — South Africa Example

Are Car Dealerships Now Actively Advertising Electric Vehicles? A lot has been written about traditional automakers trying very hard to delay the mass adoption of EVs as they still have massive investments made in the ICE ecosystem to recoup. And so, it follows car dealerships then generally promote ICE vehicles over EVs and have a huge ICE vehicle inventory to push. The majority of consumers still don’t have a lot of knowledge on EVs and would depend on their local dealerships to educate them on EV’s. A 2018 paper by Gerardo Zarazua de Rubens et al, published in the Journal Nature Energy (Link), looked into how dismissive and deceptive car dealerships create barriers to electric vehicle adoption. Has anything changed since then? I visited several dealerships in South Africa to have a feel of how some dealerships are handling EVs. A lot of dealerships for BMW and Jaguar in South Africa are actively promoting their EVs. Most of the BMW and Jaguar dealerships I visited were eager to offer test drives of the i3 and the I Pace. Jaguar dealerships really go out of their way to showcase the I Pace. They regularly take the I Pace to exhibitions at malls, upmarket residential and golf estates. In most cases, they make it their star attraction. Prospective customers can also take the I Pace for a test run at the Experience Centre in Lonehill, Johannesburg. I was also pleasantly surprised when we went up north across the border to find a big banner (Image) at a Nissan dealership (Image) in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe advertising the new Nissan Leaf alongside several ICE models as “Coming Soon”. How soon is soon? Who knows? But it was refreshing to see it there. Will keep an eye open for any updates on this. I also experienced a bit of the dismissive approach at one dealership in Johannesburg. With South Africa being one of Africa’s most advanced vehicle financing markets, I had assumed getting an i3 or something on a lease or month on month rental would be a piece of cake. Wrong! The gentleman who served me was friendly and cheerful. I told him I was looking for a lease or a month on month rental on an i3 and he referred me to his manager to see if it was possible. The manager then informed me they did not have such kind of a facility (the kind of short-term/month on month lease I was looking for). They also didn’t have an i3 instore at that time, but they did not seem to go out of their way to check with any of their sister dealerships to see if they could assist even on a more long-term financing arrangement. They were quick to offer to show me the many “marvelous” ICE models in their showroom and were nudging me consider one of those instead for a longer-term lease/financing arrangement. To their credit, they later referred me to several general car leasing companies to see if they could assist but all those car leasing firms said they did not have any electric vehicles in their fleets. There are a thousand odd EVs on South Africa’s roads. Sales have been a bit slow but are promising to pick up as the selection of EV models now available in South Africa has improved. A few more models will be launched during the course of the year like the new Mini E, the Mercedes EQC and hopefully the Audi E-tron. South Africa’s busload of taxes and import duties on electric vehicles aren’t helping improve the situation though. With this tax disadvantage that impacts the sticker price negatively, one hopes car dealerships will bring out their A Game to push the EVs in their stable. It would be good hear them educate consumers on the advantages of driving an EV e.g. the benefit on one’s pocket when it comes to the total cost of ownership. It seems in this part of the World; some dealerships still don’t make the extra effort to promote EVs’, but a lot more are keen to showcase EVs. Links: paper by Gerardo Zarazua de Rubens et al, Images: A Nissan Dealership in Downtown Harare, Zimbabwe Advertising the New Nissan Leaf. Picture by Remeredzai KuhudzaiA lot has been written about traditional automakers trying very hard to delay the mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), as they still have massive investments made in the internal combustion engine (ICE) ecosystem to recoup

Renault Zoe Shines In Hot Market — Europe EV Sales Report

The European passenger plug-in vehicle (PEV) market scored a near-record 75,000 registrations in December (+121%!), this being the first time since 2015 that the European PEV market scored a three-digit growth rate, with plug-in hybrids/PHEVs growing faster (+174% year over year, or YoY) than fully electric vehicles/BEVs (+89%), with the powertrain breakdown becoming more balanced between both

The Mad Rush To Electric Vehicles

Tesla’s stock market value is already bigger than Ford and General Motors combined, says a report in Forbes magazine. Elon Musk’s company had already received nearly $5 billion in federal subsidies by 2015, helping him amass a net worth of…


7% Plug-In Vehicle Share In Germany!

The German plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market started the year on fire, jumping 128% year over year (YoY), to a record 16,131 registrations. That smashed the previous record (12,026 units) set last October, so it seems the German locomotive has (finally) been set in motion

Opel Ampera-e (Opel Who?!?) Wins January In The Netherlands — EV Sales Report

With a sales rush in the last days of 2019, one would imagine January would bring a big hangover for the plug-in vehicle market. But turns out, it hasn’t. Yes, the Dutch plug-in market was down 2% year over year (YoY), to 3,184 registrations, but because the overall market fell even more (-6% YoY), the plug-in vehicle (PEV) share (7.2%, 4.3% for fully electric vehicles alone) actually grew compared to 12 months ago (6.9% in January 2019). So … why is this happening

The Rush To Electric Vehicles Is A Consumer Disaster

According to a recent report in Forbes, Tesla’s stock market value is already bigger than Ford and General Motors combined, and Elon Musk, whose company as of 2015 had already received nearly $5 billion in federal subsidies, now has a…

3,000 US Audi e-tron Buyers Can Drive On Sunshine For Free

The first 3,000 Audi e-tron buyers* in the US after February 3 are getting a 10-year subscription to solar power for their electric driving, according to a press release from Audi. The German automaker has partnered with Arcadia** to provide the clean energy bonus. The subscription is completely free for the consumer