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Is China’s tiger about to bite?

Coinciding with the year of the tiger, Chinese OEMs, once having been the butt of all automotive jokes following failed crash tests and poor quality standards, now feel confident enough to give it another shot with a fully-charged line-up. The class of 2022 is almost unrecognisable from those models arriving 15 years ago.

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
3 minute read |

H1 West European electric passenger car market

Mention the auto industry nowadays, and a relatively young-looking Californian electric car manufacturer will surely be heard. Present on the European market for a decade with a genuine own creation, the Model S (although it shared Mercedes parts thanks to its then shareholder) got the ball rolling.

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
3 minute read |

Western Europe BEV market continues to witness slow growth

Provisional Schmidt Automotive Research data suggests that the West European pure electric BEV new passenger car market continued to tread water this year. BEVs accounted for 12.5 per cent of the total new car market across the 18 West European market region monitored by the European Electric Car Study during the opening half of 2022.

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
3 minute read |

What happens once the government stabilisers are detached?

Like learning to ride a bike, the European electric car industry has been supported by various stabilisers over the years. These have provided confidence through generous consumer purchase subsidies on the one side and tax incentives on the other, while an additional regulatory stick in the form of CO2 fleet average targets keeps OEMs on their toes. Those stabilisers...

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
3 minute read |

Battery Design: from chemistry to pack

Designed by battery engineers for battery engineers. The site is organized by system and function, thus making it easy for you to find information. When you think about designing a battery pack you think at cell, module, BMS and pack level. However, you need to also rapidly think in terms of: electrical, thermal, mechanical, control and safety. Looking at...

Nigel Taylor

founder @ BatteryDesign.net

Pause for breath as West EU EV market screeches to a halt?

Babies learning to take their first steps inevitably take a tumble after making those first initial paces. In a similar vein, Europe's electric car market stumbled slightly in April. Having appeared ever more confident since European CO2 fleet average emissions increased in 2020/21 (95g/km NEDC cycle) – following 130g/km in the half-decade period before that – the market is...

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
4 minute read |

Heading the future means heeding the past

It is understandable that the departure from the fossil-based economic system cannot be achieved overnight and is a task that spans generations, given the enormous challenges that this major transformation entails. But precisely because of the sheer size of this transformative process, there is always the danger that decision-makers in politics and industry will be content to take small...

Christian Hahn

CEO @ Hubject
3 minute read |

Nordics on track to wave bye to ICEs first?

Over 100 different pure electric (BEV) models have entered Europe's most Northern market over the past decade, contributing to nearly every fifth car on Norway's roads today (15.9% BEV parc January 1, 2022) motoring along silently. The half millionth model will enter the 2.9m car market during this year's second quarter.

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
3 minute read |

West EU PEV market hits 0.5 million units after 5-months

For the 11th consecutive month, monthly registrations of new plug-in passenger cars across W-Europe continued to account for >20% of the total market up to May 2022 according to the monthly European Electric Car Study's data.

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
3 minute read |

West EU BEV market powers on despite hurricane headwinds

Despite Western Europe's pure electric passenger car market falling on unpredicted times with hurricane headwinds coming in the form of the continued semi-conductor shortage, the Ukrainian wire harness impact, raw material price concerns, and covid shutdowns in China, BEV volumes across the monitored 18 market region achieved the third-best quarter on record. The other two quarters with higher volumes...

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
1 minute read |

The new normal is the abnormal, but are EVs set to benefit?

Following on from Covid shutdowns in 2020, the resulting semiconductor shortages in 2021 and now the war in Europe and raw material and fuel price rises as well as wire harness stoppage multipliers, the European auto industry now requires both a plan B, C and not forgetting D.

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
4 minute read |

The European Electric Car Monthly Study

ICEbreaker – BEVs accounted for >20% new cars in December – plug-ins 31.6% – in end of year compliance push

Matthias Schmidt

European Automotive Market Analyst @ Schmidt Automotive Research
3 minute read |