30.000!

The latest data from the electric vehicle registrations are in, we have had a monstrous december in 2013, breaking through 30.000 electric vehicles! That is almost double the number of november, what happened?

That hockeystick is getting steeper every month.

That hockeystick is getting steeper every month.

Almost doubling within a month, four times within a year! 

Almost doubling within a month, four times within a year! 

All the reason to be happy, but it is also logical this incredible surge happened. As per the 1st of january some attractive tax breaks have dropped while others have become less. In order to maximize the benefit, people had to get their electric car before the end of the year. Still, this is impressive to see. I expect a lower uptake the next few months as some registrations have been done months earlier now.

Also an impressive growth percentage of 147% compared to the previous month. 

Also an impressive growth percentage of 147% compared to the previous month. 

Top 5 Registered

The top 5 has gone through some changes, a new leader and the introduction of the Model S now becomes visible here even. I'd be interested to see the other data of all the other models before they make it to the top 5 and see how that developped in more detail over time.

The supreme rule of the Opel Ampera is over and the Tesla Model S calls in at spot number five. 

The supreme rule of the Opel Ampera is over and the Tesla Model S calls in at spot number five. 

Did we just get all Outlanders from the production line here? 

Did we just get all Outlanders from the production line here? 

A huge stride forward for Mitsubishi with their Outlander and also Volvo did great business last month. Followed by long time favourite the Opel Ampera, then the Prius Plug-In and another new entry for the Model S.

Data was provided by AgentschapNL and based on vehicle registrations by RDW

Drive Train – Tesla Inside?

It appears that Tesla is not only building the popular Tesla Roadster (it is also developping the s model), other car manufacturers would also like to have the drive train expertise of Tesla onboard.

 Recently Mercedes has introduced its A-Class E-Cell, which has the Tesla battery pack onboard. With a 50kW motor and a range of 200km or 125miles.

In the world of delivery Tesla also popped up; FCCC unveiled a new delivery van powered by Tesla technology. The van has a range of about 160km or 100 miles and is ideal for deliveries.

And last but not least, Toyota is also looking at Tesla to ‘revive’ their old RAV4 EV. The original was built between 1997 and 2003, with Tesla technology it will get a huge upgrade and will put Toyota in a leading position for little money.

Perhaps a lesson is to be learnt from Intel in this case for Tesla; the computer chip manufacturer had the famous “Intel Inside” stickers on the casing of computers, which resulted in people getting more familiar with the name Intel than the actual computer manufacturer. People went to the store and asked for an Intel machine. Perhaps if Tesla can play it right, people will ask for a car that has “Tesla Inside”, though I seriously hope that Tesla will also continue to make more of those great cars like the roadster.