It’s been a strong year for electric vehicle (EV) sales across Europe. In October, 12.9% of the 1,127,624 new vehicle registrations in Europe were EVs, this is compared to 4.2% of the market in 2019 according to Jato. The European market shows a similar profile to the UK market where last month’s figures were 12.1% and 4.4% respectively.
Overall sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) increased by 197% over last year to 72,108 registrations in October 2020 whilst plug-in hybrids showed a similar growth, and volume of sales. These high growth rates for EVs should be viewed within the context of the overall market sales falling by 7% and diesel sales falling to 26.4% of the market.
Volkwagen’s ID.3 came out as the top-selling fully-electric car in Europe. This was, in part, thanks to the delivery schedule of the Tesla Model 3, which previously held the top spot. Regardless, this just goes to show the popularity of the ID.3 — which was unveiled at the end of September 2019.
Whilst established models such as the Renault Zoe, Hyundai Kona, Kia Nero, BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf continue to have a high level of sales, and VW ID.3 has topped ths chart, other new models such as the Mini Electric and Peugeot e-208 have made the Top 10 EV best-sellers list.
The popularity of Volkswagen’s ID.3 will no doubt be followed by the ID.4, which will open for sales at the end of 2020. This SUV features a 77kWh battery that’s good for an approximate range of 320 miles or there’s a 52kWh version that’ll do around 224 miles. The rounded, curvy design is very similar to the ID.3, while the inside is wonderfully minimalist, as we’ve come to expect from electric vehicles.