2021 may not be over just yet, but even so, it would appear the Tesla Model 3 has already been (unofficially) declared the winner in the EV sales race in Europe. Automotive News Europe cites JATO Dynamics market researcher, which has crunched the numbers. From January to November this year, customer demand for the Model 3 went up by a whopping 84% to 113,397 units.
In the same interval, Volkswagen managed to deliver 125% more ID.3 electric hatchbacks than it did in January – November 2020, selling a total of 63,109. With such a big gap between the two, it’s all but confirmed the Tesla Model 3 will be crowned the best-selling EV on the Old Continent this year. As for the last spot on the podium, it would appear the pint-sized Renault Zoe will occupy it with 60,551 examples sold or 27% less than the first 11 months of 2020.
2021 has already been an important year for Tesla in Europe for a similar reason. In September, the very same Model 3 became the first EV ever to grab the title for the best-selling car overall, thus dethroning the mighty Volkswagen Golf and beating the popular Renault Clio as well. With emissions regulations about to get even stricter in the coming years, purely electric vehicles will gain traction even more.
Imported from China, the Model Y will further increase Tesla’s sales numbers in 2021 after generating more sales than the VW ID.4 last month. Speaking of the crossover, bear in mind the Gigafactory Berlin isn’t fully operational just yet, but it should happen in early 2022. Once it will be up and running at maximum potential, it’s going to pump out a lot of Model Ys that will help the company bolster its popularity in Europe even more.
Add into the mix the Model S Refresh and the Model X Refresh with their high-performance Plaid versions, 2022 is shaping up to be a great year for Tesla in Europe.
Source: Automotive News Europe