Each month feels more robust than the last for electric vehicle (EV) sales, with both growing demand around the world and growing access to charging, service, and the EVs themselves.
In September 2020, Europe EV sales saw a record month with a 12% share of the entire vehicle market, with a total of 160,000 EV registrations, as reported by EV Sales Blogspot. Additionally, the total of combined BEV and PHEV sales made up a whopping 46% of registrations throughout this year alone, signalling a major shift in the continent to low and zero-emission vehicles.
Once again, the Tesla Model 3 has topped the list, with a total of 16,125 units sold in Europe in 2020. Perhaps expectedly, the Renault Zoe landed a second-place spot with 11,026 units sold; a record for the French EV.
Third through fifth place vehicles were the Volkswagen ID.3 (8,571 units), the Hyundai Kona EV (6,143 units), and the Mercedes A250e PHEV (4,772).
You can’t annualize September sales to represent 2020 total
And you cannot use EV numbers and claim them as BEVs
Here are the top BEVs in Europe for January – August 2020 pic.twitter.com/2rVVTKTUni
— JPR007 (@jpr007) October 8, 2020
Other notable cars in the top 20 list were the Kia Niro EV, which has competed closely with Tesla’s Model 3 in the Netherlands and beyond, as well as the Volvo XC40 PHEV, the Nissan Leaf, the Polestar 2, and a number of others.
With new car releases and other exciting updates expected to come in 2021, we’re likely to see the lowest-emission year yet in Europe, and soon conventional gas cars will feel like a thing of the past.
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.