A Tesla model leads the best European sales, a first for an electric car

While the gasoline car market is gloomy, electric ones are popular. With nearly 24,600 copies sold, or 2.6% of the market, the Tesla Model 3 ranked first among the best European sales in September. It is ahead of the Renault Clio, sold in 18,000 copies, and the Dacia Sandero, according to the report published Monday by the firm Jato Dynamics. Never seen.

“This is the first time that an electric car has dominated the market and also a first for a vehicle manufactured outside of Europe,” Jato points out in his report. These sales are partly explained by a traditional increase in Tesla sales in the month of September. But it is also a sparkling sign of the electrification of the European market.

Explosion of hybrid registrations

Overall, the European car market collapsed in September, returning to 1995 levels with 718,598 new cars sold. The market has not recovered from the Covid-19 crisis and manufacturers are strongly affected by a shortage of electronic parts. But while sales of thermal cars are falling, registrations of hybrids and electrics are exploding. In the third quarter, more hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars were sold in Europe than petrol cars.

“In addition to subsidies, manufacturers have extended their offer (of hybrids and electrics) with more models and good deals. Many of them give priority to their stock of parts (…) to the production of electric cars rather than thermal ones”, underlines Felipe Munoz of the Jato cabinet.

SUV sales record

The Model Y, Tesla’s new SUV, ranks second in the market for 100% electric cars. Tesla thus logically dominates the ranking of electric vehicles in September, with a market share of 24%, just ahead of the Volkswagen group (22%), Stellantis (13%), and Hyundai-Kia (11%).

All engines combined, SUVs reached a record share in September with 46.5% of the market, also reports Jato. “If this trend continues, the roads of Europe could soon resemble those of the United States, where more than half of the new cars sold are SUVs”, indicates Felipe Munoz.

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