4

In February 2021, the Tesla Model 3 regained first place in the fluctuating ranking of electric car registrations in Europe, ahead of the Volkswagen ID.3 and Renault Zoé.

Electric car sales the Tesla Model 3 continues to perform.svg - Electric car sales: the Tesla Model 3 continues to perform in Europe

The supply of electric cars continues to grow. There will soon be something for all tastes and budgets, from the Dacia Spring to the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. However, for the moment, well-known models are the most popular electric cars.

The Tesla Model 3 leader in Europe in February 2021

Thus, according to the EV Sales blog, which lists sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), the Tesla Model 3 took first place in the ranking of connected car registrations (xEVs) in Europe in February. 2021.

Electric car sales the Tesla Model 3 continues to perform.svg - Electric car sales: the Tesla Model 3 continues to perform in Europe

Registrations of connected cars in Europe in February 2021. In blue, electric cars, and in black, plug-in hybrid cars. © EV Sales

With a total of 5,506 registrations, the American sedan is ahead of the compact Volkswagen ID.3 (3,808 registrations) and the Renault Zoe city car (3,620 registrations), yet positioned in segments with higher volumes in Europe. Model 3 sales benefit in particular from recent developments made to the 2021 model and the new pricing policy.

The monthly classification of registrations fluctuates a lot. The health crisis, the shortage of semiconductors and the recent blockage of the Suez Canal make predictions for the months to come all the more difficult. For EV Sales, the Model 3 should however retain its first place in March, Tesla’s deliveries in Europe arriving in “waves” concentrated on the end of quarters. This is also the reason why the Model 3 did not even appear in the top 20 registrations of connected cars in Europe in January.

The Peugeot e-208 leader in France in February 2021

In France, in February 2021, the Peugeot e-208 (1,484 units) took the lead in the classification of electric car registrations, again according to EV Sales. It is followed by the Tesla Model 3 (1,166 units) and the Renault Zoé (1,075 units).

Electric car sales the Tesla Model 3 continues to perform.svg - Electric car sales: the Tesla Model 3 continues to perform in Europe

Registrations of cars connected in France in February 2021. In blue, electric cars, and in black, plug-in hybrid cars. © EV Sales

Plug-in hybrids on the rise

Now, sales of plug-in hybrid cars are higher than those of 100% electric cars in Western Europe. Thus, according to Schmidt Automotive Research, plug-in hybrid cars constituted 8.4% of registrations in February, against 6.5% for electric cars, in the 18 markets observed by the analysis firm.

Electric car sales the Tesla Model 3 continues to perform.svg - Electric car sales: the Tesla Model 3 continues to perform in Europe

Evolution of the market share of electric cars (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) over time in Western Europe. © Schmidt Automotive Research

The evolution of sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars directly reflects European regulations, and in particular the CAFE regulations on CO2 emissions from cars sold in the EU. Thus, connected cars, particularly advantageous in the calculations of greenhouse gas emissions, reached 25% of the market share in Western Europe in December 2020. Indeed, some manufacturers have registered cars en masse. low CO2 emissions at the end of last year to achieve their CO2 targets for 2020.

On a European scale, the main sellers of plug-in hybrid cars are premium manufacturers, such as BMW, Mercedes and Volvo. In France, the classification of registrations is however led in February by the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid, Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-in and Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid.