In April 2021, plug-in electric car sales in Europe increased by about five times year-over-year from a very weak April 2020, affected by lockdowns.

The total number of new passenger plug-in electric car registrations almost reached 160,000, which is 15% of the overall market (by the way, the automotive market slowly improves, but it is still far behind pre-lockdown levels).

So far this year, some 617,000 passenger plug-in electric cars were registered in Europe. That's also 15% of the total market (BEVs - about 6.7%, PHEVs - about 8.3%).

In April, the two most popular models were Volkswagen ID.4 (7,565) and Volkswagen ID.3 (5,941). For ID.4, it's the first month on the top, while ID.3 is returning to form, after a few slower months.

The next two best-selling models on the list are plug-in hybrids: Ford Kuga PHEV (Ford Escape PHEV in the U.S.) (4,300) and Volvo XC40 PHEV (4,118), followed by the Renault ZOE (4,083). 

There is no Tesla Model 3 in the top 20 in April, as Tesla continues its tradition of delivering a high number of cars in the last month of a quarter. Nonetheless, Tesla Model 3 is the top-selling EV in Europe with over 32,000 YTD (year-to-date).

However, if we take a look at the automotive groups, the Volkswagen Group is now the leader with a 23 % market share. Stellantis (14%), Daimler (12%), and BMW (12%) completed the top four.


Jun 1, 2021
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