Tesla Model 3 leads European market in November

In a European market down 18%, sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids continue to grow. So much so that its share reached 26% in November. The Tesla Model 3 remains at the top of the segment, but the Dacia Spring makes a notable entry.

Car sales are not better in Europe, with November 2021 a drop in records of 18% compared to November 2020. And up to 29% compared to 2019. According to JATO Dynamics, it would even be the worst month of November for 30 years. But there is at least one positive point in this situation. Also according to the American company, the share of sales of electric vehicles, rechargeable hybrids and fuel cells reached 26% in our continent.

An increase mainly at the expense of diesel whose market share is dropped from 32% to just 18% between November 2019 and 2021. On the other hand, connected vehicles have advanced significantly. In total, 217,709 electric, plug-in hybrid or fuel cell cars were registered in Europe in November (excluding commercial vehicles).

November 2021 - European sales by fuel

Sales in Europe (EU25) by fuel type – © JATO

Although the market was obviously impacted in 2020 by the pandemic, the current drop seems to come mainly from the shortage of components. Because the customers are there, ready to buy new cars. But stocks are at their lowest at dealerships. And this situation accentuates the growth of sales of electrified vehicles. Faced with scarcity, manufacturers are in fact favoring the production of models with greater added value. Which are, therefore, precisely battery-powered electrics (BEV) or rechargeable hybrids (PHEV).

Its intrinsic value is not the only one at stake, the end of the year is approaching and with it the deadline for the CAFE assessment of its average CO2 emissions. To avoid financial penalties, manufacturers are doing everything they can to achieve their goals. This does not prevent demand from being present. This sustained growth of electric and rechargeable hybrids has been ongoing since the summer of 2019.

Evolution of sales of BEV/PHEV vehicles in Europe

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The Tesla Model 3 in the lead

In detail, Tesla remains well ahead of the pack, with one Model 3 alone to pass the 10,000-unit mark in November. In November, the American sedan was the 12th best-selling car in Europe, totaling all energies. It is also the best-selling sedan in the D-segment, far ahead of its second-placed BMW 3 Series, which sold just 5,332 copies.

In the electric ranking, the Renault Zoe comes in second place (2), just ahead of a Dacia Spring that shines in its debut with 5,746 copies sold. In fourth place with 5,347 registrations, the Tesla Model Y is closely followed by the Skoda Enyaq (5,041) and Volkswagen ID.4 (4,748). The German manufacturer also places the compact ID.3 and the small e-Up in the Top 10. Stellantis places its e-208 in 8th place while the Fiat 500 loses only 10th place. The Hyundai-Kia group remains generally very present with the Niro and Kona, and especially an Ioniq5 that is already climbing to 13th in the market.

As for Chinese manufacturers, in November there were 165 Aiways U5, 402 BYD Tang, 601 MG 5, 289 MG Marvel R, 92 Nio ES8, 70 Xpeng G3 and 32 Xpeng P7. As for the 3,101 MG ZS, they are not all electric, and the model is also available with a petrol engine in the UK.

Top 20 Electric Models (BEV) – November 2021

  1. Tesla Model 3 (10,739)
  2. Renault Zoe (8,658)
  3. Dacia Spring (5,746)
  4. Tesla Model Y (5,347)
  5. Skoda Enyaq (5041)
  6. Volkswagen ID.4 (4,748)
  7. Volkswagen ID.3 (4,707)
  8. Peugeot e-208 (4,454)
  9. Volkswagen e-Up (4,204)
  10. Kia Niro (4,140)
  11. Fiat 500 (4,113)
  12. Mini Cooper SE (4.108)
  13. Hyundai Ioniq5 (3,884)
  14. Hyundai Kona (3,721)
  15. Nissan Leaf (3,478)
  16. Audi Q4 (3,209)
  17. Renault Twingo (3,057)
  18. Mercedes EQA (2,976)
  19. Smart Fortwo (2,725)
  20. Ford Mustang Mach E (2679)

Log volumes for plug-in hybrids are much smaller. The 3008 remains in the lead, just ahead of the Volvo XC40 whose electric version is still discreet. The Ford Kuga reaches almost half of its sales in its PHEV version. In this segment, the German awards are more represented than in the trams, with the massive presence of Mercedes, BMW or Audi. Highlight for the 14th place of the MG HS.

Top 20 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models – November 2021

  1. Peugeot 3008 (3,855)
  2. Volvo XC40 (3,437)
  3. Ford Kuga (3,109)
  4. Mercedes GLC (2,815)
  5. Mercedes A-Class (2,640)
  6. BMW X1 (2,528)
  7. Volvo XC60 (2,185)
  8. Hyundai Tucson (2065)
  9. BMW 3 Series (2001)
  10. BMW X3 (1973)
  11. Toyota Rav4 (1920)
  12. BMW X5 (1902)
  13. Renault Captur (1863)
  14. MG HS (1,773)
  15. Audi Q5 (1,762)
  16. Kia X Ceed (1,585)
  17. Mercedes-Benz GLA (1,544)
  18. Seat / Leon Cupra (1,518)
  19. Mercedes GLE (1500)
  20. Jeep Compass (1,496)

If the fuel cell is counted in this set, it naturally still represents confidential volumes. In sales details, 21 Hyundai Nexo and 39 Toyota Mirai were sold in November.

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