Article By John Redfern

More than a quarter of cars sold in Europe now electrified

Figures from JATO Dynamics show electric and hybrid models hit record highs in November 2021.

More than one in four new cars sold in Europe during November 2021 had an electrified drivetrain.

Research by data company JATO Dynamics found battery-electric and hybrid models accounted for 26 percent of new car sales.

This record success for electrified cars came against overall sales figures that were 18 percent lower than November 2020.

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The continued effect of the semiconductor chip shortage has been blamed for keeping new car sales relatively low. Local lockdowns in certain countries also contributed to a decline of 29 percent compared with the same period in 2019.

With a total market share of 26 percent in November 2021, some 217,709 electrified cars were sold across Europe. This marks an increase of 10 percent versus November 2020, and a 22 percent jump from November 2019.

Leading the way in electric cars sales was the Tesla Model 3. A total of 10,739 examples were sold last month, followed by the Renault Zoe and new, budget-priced Dacia Spring.

In terms of plug-in hybrid sales, the Peugeot 3008 was the market leader across Europe, with 3,855 examples sold.

The Volvo XC40 was the second best-selling hybrid, followed by the Ford Kuga in third place. 

JATO Dynamics says the strong increase in electrified sales is explained by ‘increased interest from the public, alongside the significant shift from governments and OEMs [car manufacturers] towards lower emissions vehicles’.

Felipe Munoz, global analyst at JATO Dynamics, commented: “If you want a new car in this current environment, the chances are that EVs are going to be more accessible, given the range of offers and incentives available.”

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