Tesla continues to capture the European car market. Tesla Model 3 became the top-selling EV in the region in February 2021, reflecting the brand's growing popularity despite the emergence of competitors.
Despite a -20% y/y decline in the broader car market in February, passenger plug-in sales continue to grow. More than 115,000 units were registered last month (+ 66% YoY), 4.8% of which are Tesla Model 3, according to EV-Sales.
After a lull in January, due to the fact that there were no significant car shipments from U.S. and China factories, Tesla's registrations intensified with renewed vigor in February. Tesla Model 3 sales in Europe are back in shape with 5,506 units registered, this is a great warm-up before March. The main markets for Model 3 were Germany with 1,910 units sold and France with 1,166. Austria with 369 and Norway with 334 are also among the countries most actively registering this model.
After the sales of the Volkswagen ID.3 rose in December, they seem to have substantially weakened in the following months. Despite the manufacturer's plant located in Europe, sales of the model were weak in January though showed some recovery in February. Still, registering only 3,808 units, the ID.3 ranks secon’s, behind Model 3 by 1,698 units. Germany was the best market for the ID.3 in February with 1,892 sales, slightly lower than Model 3.
The Renault Zoe, with 3,620 units, was only able to take third place as production still recovered from hard work at the end of last year. The main market for the French electric vehicle was also Germany, with 1,424 units registered, and France with 1,074.
The Volvo XC40 PHEV finished in fourth place with 3,602 units sold. The Peugeot 208 EV registered 3,062 units, with France being the largest market with 1,484 registrations, followed by Germany with 596 units sold.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.