Europe surpassed in sales in seven months of 2020 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) China, for the first time in a decade, all without significant influence from Tesla’s electric vehicle brand.
According to The Electric Car Report, half a million such vehicles have been sold in Europe since the beginning of the year, and it is expected that this year, for the first time in history, about a million plug-in cars will be sold in the Old World.
Europeans bought 53,000 electric vehicles in July, according to a report by Berlin-based independent auto analyst Matthias Schmidt. Sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) accounted for 9% of total vehicle sales in Western Europe in the seven months from the beginning of 2020.
Plug-in sales reached 500,000 during this period, including 269,000 electric vehicles and 231,000 PHEVs. Although in July PHEV outpaced electric vehicles in terms of sales. In comparison, 486,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in China during this period. Electric vehicle sales in Europe grew 34.3% year-on-year in the first half, exceeding the full year 2018.
Sales growth took place without much involvement of Tesla electric vehicles, as in the first half of the year only two ships arrived in Europe with the cargo of an American automaker. According to the analyst, Tesla’s deliveries were also affected by the suspension due to the coronavirus of production at the company’s factory in Fremont, where electric cars are produced for Europe. If anything, Tesla’s share of the European electric vehicle market fell to 15.2% in the second quarter of 2020 from 33.8% in the third quarter of 2019, when its car sales peaked.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance was the leader in sales of electric vehicles in Europe in seven months, selling 48,835 vehicles. In second place is Volkswagen, whose sales, including the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron, totaled 47,188 units. The third place belongs to Tesla, which sold 36,652 electric vehicles.
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