Article By Richard Aucock

Tesla Model 3 in EU second best-seller landmark

More than 25,000 Tesla Model 3s were registered in Europe last month – making it the second most popular car after the Volkswagen Golf.

The Tesla Model 3 was the second most-registered car in Europe last month, according to new statistics.

Vehicle data specialist Jato Dynamics said 25,697 examples were registered in June, ahead of every other car apart from the legendary Volkswagegn Golf.

June's figures bring the total to 66,350 Model 3s registered during the first half of 2021. This makes the ‘junior’ Tesla Europe’s most popular EV.

Jato noted that low-emission cars – i.e. battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) – claimed a record European market share of 18.5 percent, up from 8.2 percent in June 2020.

Registrations of BEVs totalled 126,000 in June, ahead of 104,000 PHEVs.

Fiat, Tesla, Skoda, Volkswagen and Ford gained the largest market share in the BEV sector, while Cupra, Jeep, Volkswagen, Renault and Seat posted the highest gains in the PHEV market.

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The increasing popularity of ultra-low emission vehicles is changing the sales mix for certain brands, says Jato. Jeep’s new plug-in models accounted for 30 percent of its total volume in June, compared with 0.5 percent in June 2020, while Cupra’s sales of low emissions vehicles jumped from zero in June 2020 to 58 percent last month. 

BEV and PHEV cars also make up 72 percent of MG’s total sales volume.

Despite electric and plug-in vehicle popularity increasing, vehicle registrations are down compared with before the pandemic. In June 2021, 1.27 million new cars were registered in Europe, compared with 1.47 million in June 2019 and 1.6 million in June 2018.

The number of new cars sold in Europe in the first half of 2021 totalled 6.41 million. That’s up 27 percent year-on-year from 2020, but 23 percent lower than in the first half of 2019.

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