Tesla Model 3 becomes Europe’s best selling EV

Electric saloon become Europe’s best selling EV, and even outsells Mercedes C-Class

Tesla Model 3 Performance - front

The Tesla Model 3 has become Europe’s best selling pure electric vehicle (BEV) in its first full month of sales with 3,657 examples sold. It outsold the established Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf by 773 and 1,324 units respectively. 

The Model 3 broke tradition, as usually the volume of new vehicle registrations comes from fleets, with the Model 3’s volume coming from private registrations. On top of that it also became Europe’s top-selling premium mid-size saloon, outselling the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

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In February, in the midst of the sixth consecutive month of decline of European registrations, EV registrations increased by 92 per cent to 20,000 registrations year-on-year. In Norway alone EVs accounted for 40 per cent of overall registrations in the country.

The Mitsubishi Outlander remained Europe’s best selling plug-in hybrid in February, closely followed by the Volvo XC60, BMW 5 Series and Kia Niro PHEVs. Toyota occupied four out of the top five spots for hybrid vehicles sold during the month.   

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