Electric Cars in the DR

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The CEO for the Latin America division of BMW says that the DR is among the top 5 Latin American markets out of 24 Latin American countries. The country sells around 600 new BMW's every year (who knows how many are added yearly when used BMW sales are taken into account). The X5 SUV is what they sell the most in the DR followed by X7, X3 and X1 in that order.

The CEO said "we are very happy with the DR results."


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Miesposa loves her X3 ….but only after she found a good BMW owners group . Try taking a BMW in DR to the stealer…erm…dealership 😩😡 . They once tried to charge her $750usd for a battery. Long story .
 
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The CEO for the Latin America division of BMW says that the DR is among the top 5 Latin American markets out of 24 Latin American countries. The country sells around 600 new BMW's every year (who knows how many are added yearly when used BMW sales are taken into account). The X5 SUV is what they sell the most in the DR followed by X7, X3 and X1 in that order.

The CEO said "we are very happy with the DR results."

Seems about right given the population demographics and current financial health of the DR as measured against other countries in L.A.

The X3 and X5 have been remarkably good or remarkably bad……depending on model year. The worst year for both was 2013. In that specific year BMW certainly earned an old moniker of Big Money Wasted……BMW.


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Yes , BMWs can be a pain in the DR most probably because they weren’t built with DR roads and weather in mind . Having said that , you can’t argue with the quality…..the best part of owning a BMW in DR, for us , is ….peace of mind . Once you fix an issue…..correctly……you probably won’t have the same issue for a long while .

With the previous car , we were always going to the mechanic every 3 to 6 months for this that or the other ….so the cost of ownership worked out to be 2 or 3 times that of the BMW in the long run. It’s the equivalent , in laptop terms , of owning a well built Dell or HP .😁

So , as long as you stick to the rules …i.e. keep it well maintained…..stay away from the stealership …erm …dealership 😬😁…..and don’t listen to people with more ‘sense than money ‘ ….because you know how hard you work for your money …you can drive nice and floss all you want 😎😎😎……enjoy the quality and peace of mind …to each their own . ✌️
 
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Speaking of BMW, here is a Dominican giving a review when he got the BMW i3 (2017), an electric vehicle (isn't "helping" create the smog that deteriorates the air quality of Santo Domingo). The video is from September 2020.

 
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Speaking of BMW, here is a Dominican giving a review when he got the BMW i3 (2017), an electric vehicle (isn't "helping" create the smog that deteriorates the air quality of Santo Domingo). The video is from September 2020.

Speaking of electric vehicles, a up coming event in Santo Domingo precisely about that.

 
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Another electric vehicle is now in the DR, Rivian R1T. In fact, the DR is the first country in the world that receives in its market the Rivian after the USA.

 
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Another electric vehicle is now in the DR, Rivian R1T. In fact, the DR is the first country in the world that receives in its market the Rivian after the USA.

Rivian does not yet have official sales facilities outside the US.

Many you see are private sales that occur in the US and then are exported.

Unless that Rivian came into the DR before April 2022, Belgium was the first country to receive a new Rivian R1T. There are many others since then as has been reported in the various auto trade publications I have read.

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Other interesting infos in the video are the following:

The DR has been first in the Americas (after the USA) to offer the following electric cars:
  • Tesla S
  • Tesla Y
  • Nissan Lift
  • Mercedes Benz EQC
Now the Rivan R1T. Of the Rivan, the initial order of 25 vehicles and the one in the video is the first that arrive in the DR. This Rivian R1T is the one to be used in their showroom to show to clients. Any expat interested in seeing and trying this Rivan in person, it is at the Zero Emision RD dealership on calle Luis Padilla, Santo Domingo (near PriceSmart on Charles Sumner).

In addition, the DR is the third country in Latin America with the most Tesla's running around. Currently there are about 4,300 electric vehicles on Dominican roads.

This is something truly impressive considering that a mere 3 or 4 years ago the sector was very small. At the rate this sector is growing, expect electric cars to continue taking market share among new vehicles in the DR. The new ones currently with their initial owners will eventually fuel the electric used cars industry in the DR.

Any expat considering getting an electric vehicle don't have to worry of where to charge it, unlike a mere 2 to 3 years ago. Evergo has the most extendive network of chargers in the DR. You can go in the link and on the map get more info on the places of each charger. https://evergo.com/mapa/?lang=en

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Other interesting infos in the video are the following:

The DR has been first in the Americas (after the USA) to offer the following electric cars:
  • Tesla S
  • Tesla Y
  • Nissan Lift
  • Mercedes Benz EQC
Sales in Canada and Mexico of EV's occurred long before they did in the DR.

Tesla's in the DR are imported privately and not by Tesla. The closest official Tesla store is in Puerto Rico.

There is a Nissan Leaf but not a Nissan Lift. I have brought in over two dozen used Leafs for a client in the East.
Now the Rivan R1T. Of the Rivan, the initial order of 25 vehicles and the one in the video is the first that arrive in the DR. This Rivian R1T is the one to be used in their showroom to show to clients. Any expat interested in seeing and trying this Rivan in person, it is at the Zero Emision RD dealership on calle Luis Padills, Santo Domingo (near PriceSmart on Charles Sumner).

Rivian and Tesla should give thanks thanks to a pair of Charlies (Charlie Hernandez and Charlie Sanchez) who are importing EV's at a fairly rapid rate. Zero Emission RD and Charlies Motor of Santo Domingo and Santiago respectively are leading the way. But to note, they are not authorized to sell by either company.
In addition, the DR is the third country in Latin America with the most Tesla's running around. Currently there are about 4,300 electric vehicles on Dominican roads.

This is something truly impressive considering that a mere 3 or 4 years ago the sector was very small. At the rate this sector is growing, expect electric cars to continue taking market share among new vehicles in the DR. The new ones currently with their initial owners will eventuslly fuel the electric used cars industry in the DR.
While I think the 4,300 number is not entirely accurate, the latest figures I have from Aduana indicate 3,600 but that is still an impressive number considering in 2018 there were less than 100. This is due in large part to the EV incentive ley 103-13.

And while President Abinader raised the EV profile by riding in a Tesla at his inauguration, it was actually former President Medina who welcomed the first Tesla at the port in 2019.
Any expat considering getting an electric vehicle don't have to worry of where to charge it, unlike a mere 2 to 3 years ago. Evergo has the most extendive network of chargers in the DR. You can go in the link and on the map get more info on the places of each charger. https://evergo.com/mapa/?lang=en
There are actually a lot more private Level 2 chargers...........particularly in the Punta Cana area.


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The guy in the video has a radion show every Saturday at 3pm on CDN 92.5FM.

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Zero Emision RD also has a Facebook page where you will find photos such as this one in front of the dealership in SD.

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It's in other social medias judging by the logos on this car.

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At the beginning of this video Charles Sánchez says his fompany was the first to import a Tesla in the DR. It was done in 2017. When it arrived it caught people's attention everyehere it went in the DR.

 

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A post in Zero Emisión RD from November 22, 2018 shows several electric vehicles were on display at PUCMM in Santiago, DR. I guess the black Tesla stole the show. lol

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In this other one from March 13, 2018 Félix Victorino says electric vehicles have been imported in the DR since two years (2016 +/-). He doesn't specify the makes or models.

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A post in Zero Emisión RD from November 22, 2018 shows several electric vehicles were on display at PUCMM in Santiago, DR. I guess the black Tesla stole the show. lol

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In this other one from March 13, 2018 Félix Victorino says electric vehicles have been imported in the DR since two years (2016 +/-). He doesn't specify the makes or models.

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https://fb.watch/fBIYQHG8sS/
If that post is accurate, then it pre-dates Medina's early 2019 photo op at the port and claim to the first Tesla to arrive in the DR. Perhaps Medina was referring to the introduction of the first Model 3 into the DR?

There is only one Tesla in the photos as far as I can tell. The black one is a Tesla Model S.


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So.. a Tropical Storm/Hurricane on the way? Not to worry.. :rolleyes:

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Essential people only should be on the roads during a hurricane.