Author Archives: Carlo Ombello

Italian EV sales stay afloat in catastrophic March for car industry

A matter of weeks. That’s all it took for the Coronavirus pandemic to change the face of the world and wreak havoc at an unprecedented scale on all aspects of human life. The economic fallout of this health emergency has … Continue reading

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Italy’s EV sales hit new records in February amidst wider market crisis – 10 times last year’s sales

February sales figures for the Italian EV market were awaited with interest, following a great start of the year last month. Would earlier trends be confirmed? Stats released by Unrae are now out and the numbers don’t disappoint, in fact … Continue reading

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2020 starts with a bang for Italy’s EV market – January sales up 587%!

January sales are out for the Italian car market, and electric cars are up by nearly 600% (!) over the same month last year. 1943 BEVs were sold in the country, an epic surge over last year’s 283 units during … Continue reading

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Tesla could speed past 500,000 sales in 2020 – 50% YoY growth?

Can 2020 be yet another year of spectacular growth for Tesla? Just ahead of the company’s quarterly call, we can try to predict production figures for what promises to be another banner year for Musk’s company, as electric mobility picks … Continue reading

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From Tesla killers to unwitting Tesla ads: the uphill battle of premium legacy brands has just begun

It was a favourite term by skeptics and detractors for years: the “Tesla killer”. The theory was that, as soon as premium car makers would start producing their own full electric models, that would be the end for the fragile … Continue reading

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Italy’s tiny EV market doubles again – Over 10,000 sales in 2019

It’s taken a long time, but Italy’s electric car market is finally starting to take off. Official figures released by Unrae (the association of foreign car makers in Italy) confirm 10,566 battery electric cars were sold in the Bel Paese … Continue reading

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Was Fiat the surprise EV hero of Geneva’s Motor Show?

This year’s hotly anticipated Geneva Motor Show offered the best proof of the relentless progress electric mobility continues to make in the auto industry. One wouldn’t need to dig too deep into the news from Geneva to understand the impact … Continue reading

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Has Elon Musk just engineered the short burn of the century?

Tesla shorts may be in for a treat, as Elon Musk has just set the stage for an unprecedented “burn of the century”. By now, everybody knows Tesla’s CEO set Twitter and financial media on fire last Tuesday as he … Continue reading

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Marchionne is last to join the EV bandwagon, but can Fiat still compete? (Part 2)

[Follows from Part 1] The Future Vs Marchionne June 2018: methane may not be Fiat’s new technological focus after all. Also, improving traditional Diesel engines is ultimately not feasible, so those will instead be fully scrapped by 2021. The much-derided … Continue reading

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Marchionne is last to join the EV bandwagon, but can Fiat still compete? (Part 1)

Fiat Chrysler’s CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled his last 5-year industrial plan for the Italian-American carmaker a month ago in Turin, Italy. The much anticipated event did not disappoint, as the CEO – now 14 years into his reign at the … Continue reading

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