In 2018, Electric Car Sales In Portugal Exceeded Past 10 Years Combined

JAN 26 2019 BY MARK KANE 14

Portugal experiences really strong progress in EV acceptance

Portugal is another small but very promising plug-in electric car market in Europe. In 2018, some 8,241 plug-ins were sold, which is 95% more than a year earlier and apparently more than in the previous 10 years combined.

The most impressive is, however, the market share of 3.6%, which is almost twice as high as in 2017.

The best-selling model in Portugal is the Nissan LEAF (1,593), followed by Renault ZOE (1,305). It’s interesting that the LEAF is the most popular despite the rather hot climate, which is not the best environment for models without strong liquid cooling.

On the other hand, Teslas don’t seem to make a big splash.

The top brand is surprisingly BMW (22%), ahead of Nissan (19%) and Renault (16%).

Source: EV Sales Blog

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Citreon C-Zero. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is dead. Long live the i-MiEV!

I was also surprised by this… According to the Wikipedia i-MiEV article, PSA committed to buying 100K (!) units of the i-MiEV to rebadge. I don’t know if Mitsu was also obligated to produce them, as it was announced the model was discontinued.
If this is true, it’s a big shame they didn’t update the battery — the design dates from 2009, so surely they could have fitted a 25-28kWh battery in the same form factor & weight, and probably for the same price, to make an inexpensive, very nice city/commuter car with ~110-120mi EPA range that would work very well in many places. Maybe just swap the ChaDeMo for CCS.

These high selling numbers of C-Zeroes may be justified by a Car-sharing company called emov ( that opened its business in the beginning of 2018

Unless they just bought the used ones that were available through Multicity in Berlin, before they left the market in 2017…

I saw a picture of a new model of the I-Miev yesterday.
I do not know there eill Peugeot/Citroën mofels of it.

There are already 239 orders for the model 3 for Portugal so it will probably be in the podium this year, especially after the medium range starts selling.
I think the Zoe will take the top spot in 2019, for sure will be another year of growth getting closer to the 5%.

239 orders and you think they will be in the podium? Podium for last positions? 239 orders is probably what they’re going to get for the whole year. We are poor. We don’t buy 60000 EUR cars.

Some of the cars listed are €60k cars; for example the 530e and the XC60 PHEV. The Model 3 has a chance to hit the top 5 plugins

This 239 is in 21-12-18 now is more

239 orders confirmed from December just for Model 3 Performance and Long range. Even if they make zero orders for the full 2019 it would be enough to place number 10 in the present list.

Get real we don’t buy 60000 EUR cars are you blind, don’t you see the Mercedes and BMW around.

Volvo and model S and X , up to 100000 and more. Rich getting richer, poor getting more poor. But hey i live in Belgium and i cant also afford an 40000 car ( leaf / Niro ) for the moment. Maybe in 5 years time i can, i hope i can 😉

Hey, we’re in the news! Cool stuff. Even better: Imported EVs are not on that list, those are only “official” sales”. I know for a fact there are 1000+ Teslas in Portugal and as you can see most of them are second hand imports, therefore not showing in sales tables. So it’s an even better standing for EVs here. Yay!

BMW 530e were bought for fleet in majority (and for the BMW 330e it’s almost the same, with the advantage that they are under the 50.000 euros level, so they are illegible for the VAT exemption for commercial purposes ), the Tesla Model S and X were mostly bought by individuals like I saw in my region (a region full of BMW, Mercedes and Audi, so it will be interesting to see how the Model 3 will behave here).

Portugal is doing the things well. As spanish I think we must look at our neightbour in many aspects like this or the renewable energy.