More than 1 million electric vehicles were sold in Europe last year. Leaders - Tesla, Volkswagen and Renault

More than 1 million electric vehicles were sold in Europe last year. Leaders – Tesla, Volkswagen and Renault


Sales of electric vehicles, both all-electric and plug-in hybrid models, continued to grow in the European market over the past year. Their cumulative sales volume grew 198% in 11 months of 2020 over the same period last year, accounting for 10% of all new car sales in Europe.

According to the EV Sales Blog and InsideEVs, Europeans registered 1,085,000 new electric vehicles during this period, including 166,255 in November. Their combined share of the new car market in Europe was 16%, including 8% for battery-powered and 8% for plug-in hybrids.

Sales of battery-powered vehicles were up 182% year-on-year, and plug-in hybrids were up 217%. The significant increase in their deliveries is due to a decrease in sales in the automotive market as a whole by 14% compared to the previous year.

The best-selling electric car in Europe in November was Renault ZOE, which sold 9,953 units. It also ranked # 1 in 11 months with 83,000 units sold, representing 8% of the market. The second on the leaderboard in November was the Volkswagen ID.3 with 8496 sales. As of December 1, it was ranked sixth in the annual rankings, but InsideEVs believes this model will finish third or fourth for the year, as a fierce battle was to take place in December.

The Tesla Model 3 became the fourth best-selling electric vehicle in Europe in November, with 5,014 units sold this month. This model ranks second in the ranking for the year with 63,000 units sold and 6% of the total market share.

December tends to record the highest new car sales figures. According to InsideEVs, this month was marked by a “battle” between Tesla Model 3 and VW ID.3, the results of which will become known a little later. December could also be a record-breaking December for electric vehicles, with sales likely to reach 20% of new car sales.

As a reminder, in 2019, electric vehicles accounted for 3.6% of all car sales in Europe.

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