Dr. Maximilian Holland

Dr. Maximilian Holland

Dr. Maximilian Holland is an anthropologist, social theorist and international political economist, trying to ask questions and encourage critical thinking about social and environmental justice, sustainability and the human condition. He has lived and worked in Europe and Asia, and is currently based in Barcelona.

April 2024 - Transition to EVs in Germany slows down
April 2024 - Transition to EVs in Germany slows down
May saw plugin EVs at 18.5% share in Germany, down from 22.9% in May 2023, in a continuing hangover from the unexpected incentive abandonment in late December. BEVs were down some 31% in YoY volume, while PHEVs were up 2%. Overall auto volume was 236,413 units, down 4% YoY, and down 27% from 2017–2019 seasonal norms (~325,000 units). The best selling BEV in May was the Volkswagen ID.3. May’s sales figures saw combined EVs at 18.
May 2024 - Without incentives popular BEVs suffer in France
May 2024 - Without incentives popular BEVs suffer in France
May’s auto sales saw plugin EVs take 24.1% share in France, roughly flat from 24.3% year-on-year. BEV share was up, while PHEV share dropped. Overall auto volume was 141,298 units, down by some 3% YoY. The Peugeot e-208 now has a strong lead in the BEV rankings. May’s results saw combined plugin EVs take 24.1% share in France, comprising 16.9% full battery-electrics (BEVs), with 7.2% plugin hybrids (PHEVs). These compare with YoY figures of 24.
May 2024 - Tesla stays on top in the UK
May 2024 - Tesla stays on top in the UK
May saw plugin EVs take 25.7% share of the UK auto market, up from 23.1% year on year. Most of the gain was from PHEVs, whilst BEVs barely improved. Overall auto volume was 147,678 units, up by some 2% YoY, and still below pre-2020 norms (~175,000). The UK’s leading BEV brand in May remained Tesla. May’s result saw combined plugin EVs take 25.7% share of the UK, with full electrics (BEVs) taking 17.
May 2024 - Volvo EX30 leads in Norway
May 2024 - Volvo EX30 leads in Norway
May saw plugin EVs take 82.3% share in Norway’s auto market, down from 88.9% year on year. The dip was likely due to a low ebb of shipping by three of the biggest BEV manufacturers — BEV share is still climbing overall this year. Total monthly auto volume was 7,893 units, down 23% YoY. The new Volvo EX30 remained the best selling auto. May’s results saw combined EVs take 82.3% share in Norway, comprising 77.
May 2024 - Tesla Model Y is back on top in Sweden
May 2024 - Tesla Model Y is back on top in Sweden
May’s auto sales saw plugin EVs at 53.6% share in Sweden, down YoY from 61.9%. Plugin volumes were down YoY by 24%, with BEV faring worse than PHEVs. Overall auto volume was 25,094 units, down 12% YoY. The Tesla Model Y was May’s bestselling BEV. May saw combined EVs at 53.6% share in Sweden, with full battery-electrics (BEVs) at 30.3% and plugin hybrids (PHEVs) at 23.2%. These figures are down YoY, with 61.
April 2024 - German EV market still in hangover
April 2024 - German EV market still in hangover
April saw plugin EVs take an 18.4% share in Germany, down YoY from 20.5% — still reeling after the abrupt cancellation of incentive schemes in late December. Overall auto volume was 243,087 units, up by some 20% YoY, but still 20% below 2017–2019 seasonal norms (~305,000 units). The bestselling BEV in April was the Volkswagen ID.4. BEV sales remain weak, in a hangover from the unexpected and abrupt cancellation of eco-bonus purchase incentives in mid December 2023.
April 2024 - BMW leads BEV sales in the UK
April 2024 - BMW leads BEV sales in the UK
April’s auto market saw plugin EVs take a 24.7% share in the UK, up from 21.9%, year on year. Volume growth was modest for battery-electric vehicles, and decent for plugin hybrid EVs. Overall auto volume was 134,274 units, up just 1% YoY, and remaining far below pre-2020 norms. The UK’s leading battery-electric vehicle brand in April was BMW. April’s sales saw combined plugin EVs take 24.7% share in the UK, with full electrics (BEVs) taking 16.
April 2024 - Peugeot dominates electric car market in France
April 2024 - Peugeot dominates electric car market in France
The auto market saw plugin EVs at 24.3% share in France in April 2024, growing from 21.1% year on year. Full electric volume was up by a strong 45% YoY, while plugin hybrid volume was flat. Overall auto volume was 146,979 units, up 11% YoY, though remaining below 2017–2019 seasonal norms (~185,000). The Peugeot e-208 was once again the best selling full electric vehicle. April saw combined plugin EVs at 24.
April 2024 - Volvo EX30 grabs top spot in Norway
April 2024 - Volvo EX30 grabs top spot in Norway
The auto market saw plugin EVs take 91.0% share in Norway in April, roughly flat from 91.1% year on year. BEVs alone took 89.4% share, up from 83.3% YoY. Overall auto volume was 11,241 units, up 25% YoY, a recovery over recent months. April’s best selling BEV was the Volvo EX30. April’s sales data saw combined EVs take 91.0% share in Norway, comprising 89.4% full electrics (BEVs), and 1.6% plugin hybrids (PHEVs).
April 2024 - Volvo EX30 is the top BEV in Sweden
April 2024 - Volvo EX30 is the top BEV in Sweden
April saw plugin EVs take a 56.9% share in Sweden, up modestly YoY from 55.7%. The BEV share fell slightly YoY, while PHEV share climbed higher. Overall auto volume was 21,977 units, up some 7% YoY. The new Volvo EX30 was March’s bestselling BEV, its first time in the top spot. April’s result saw plugin EVs take 56.9% share in Sweden, with full battery-electrics (BEVs) at 30.9%, and plugin hybrids (PHEVs) at 26.
BEVs that international automakers sell in China, but don’t want to offer you
BEVs that international automakers sell in China, but don’t want to offer you
If you ever had the suspicion that there are BEVs that international automakers sell in China but don’t want to offer to those of us in other markets, well … you were right. China is currently the epicentre of the global EV revolution, representing 60% of the world’s plugin vehicle sales in 2023. It’s also by far the most price-competitive plugin vehicle market, with BEVs, PHEVs, and EREVs (BEVs with a range-extender generator) already competing on price with traditional combustion vehicles across most segments of the auto market.
Will Dacia Spring’s competitors in China come to Europe?
Will Dacia Spring’s competitors in China come to Europe?
The Dacia Spring is the by far most affordable battery-electric vehicle on sale in Europe, typically starting under €20,000. It was also Europe’s 9th bestselling battery-electric vehicle (BEV) in 2023, registering almost 60,000 units. Where are the Dacia Spring’s competitors? The legacy auto brands are for the most part refusing to make affordable BEVs, so what’s available in China, and will it come to Europe? Dacia Spring Dacia is owned by Renault Group, and the Spring is made in China by Renault’s local partner Dongfeng.