Despite the motor industry suffering falls in sales during November losing 14 percent year-on-year, the battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) continued to buck the trend. They have shown significant growth with a record 166,000 new registrations in November, which is a 198 percent growth year-on-year according to figures from EV Sales Blog. The overall market share of plug-in vehicles is now up to 16 percent.
During November 82,743 PHEVs were sold which are up 217 percent year-on-year and accounted for eight percent of the market. Zero-emission BEV sales fared even better selling 83,512 units which are up 182 percent year-on-year and also accounts for eight percent of the market.
From January until the end of November 1,085,000 new plug-in cars sold in Europe and this accounts for 10 percent of the overall car sales so far for the year. What’s even better news is that 5.4 percent were non-polluting battery-electric cars. These figures are massively encouraging and hopefully these figures will continue to rise during December too. It’s possible figures for plug-in car sales in Europe could hit 1.25 million for the year.
The Renault ZOE was the best selling electric car in Europe (9,953 sales) and is also the best selling for the year-to-date with sales of 83,356. Volkswagen’s ID.3 continues to grow in popularity after being launched in the summer of 2020 with 8,496 sales in Europe during November. It now sits in sixth place of the overall plug-in sales for the year so far with 28,839 units. Hyundai’s Kona EV was Europe’s third best seller with 5,375 units and sits in third place for overall sales for far for the year.
The fourth best seller for November was Tesla’s Model 3 with 5,014 sales but remains in second place for overall sales for the year-to-date selling 63,086 units. Rounding out the top five best sellers in November is Mercedes’ A25e with 4,517 units sold placing it 12th overall for the year so far with 23,689 sales.