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EVs top September’s car sales in Europe thanks to Tesla

Electric cars beat diesel and petrol cars to become Europe’s number one registered car in a month for the first time, thanks to Tesla.

Nimisha Jain

Words by: Nimisha Jain

Published on 26 October 2021 | 0 min read

Tesla has made great strides in the European automotive market with its record-breaking performance in September 2021.
Tesla Model 3 was September 2021’s highest-selling car in Europe, according to a report released by the research firm Jato Dynamics. An electric car has become the number one registered car of the month for the first time in Europe, thanks to Tesla. It is also the first time a car manufactured outside Europe has become the top seller in the EU. Tesla had a total of 33,325 new car registrations in September with the Model 3 and Model Y being the top two out of the four battery-electric cars sold that made the list of top 50 cars sold monthly in Europe. Tesla sold an additional 6,327 Model 3s over Renault Clio which was the second most registered car of the month. Tesla Model 3 jumped from the 17th position in August’s monthly car sales to number one in September, with the sales figures increasing leaps and bounds from 7,827 to 24,591. The Model 3 also saw a year-on-year increase of 58% as compared to its sales figure in September 2020.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model Y
Tesla Model Y
This growth in EV sales comes despite the microchip and new car supply shortages.
The push for EVs through government grants and subsidies and the recently announced Net Zero Strategy have had a positive impact on the growth in electric cars popularity. Tesla’s push for imports at the end of each quarter has been another contributing factor for September’s high number of new car registrations. The cherry on top of their record-breaking sales is the order for 100,000 Teslas placed by Hertz, a vehicle rental company, who are hoping to electrify their fleet in North America. The increasing sale of electric cars, coupled with government efforts such as the ban on the sale of new internal combustion engines from 2030 and the manufacturers’ attempt at decarbonising their supply chain, indicate the steady shift in focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the transport industry’s aim at becoming more environmentally friendly. Related: How green are electric cars
Learn more about the top 10 fully electric cars sold in September 2021:
1. Tesla Model 3 2. Tesla Model Y 3. Volkswagen Id.3 4. Renault Zoe 5. Skoda Enyaq 6. Kia Niro 7. Fiat 500 8. Volkswagen Id.4 9. Peugeot e-208 10. Dacia Spring Related: • Electric vehicles currently in stockBest electric cars
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