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Entry-level Tesla range outsells second-placed model almost three to one in latest DfT figures for Q3 2020
Tesla’s Model 3 has shot up the UK’s electric vehicle sales charts in 2020, with the latest set of figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) showing that 15,002 of Tesla’s entry-level model have been registered to the end of Q3 2020.
The DfT’s quarterly registration figures come out three months after the quarter reported on. With the latest set of figures, the DfT’s statistics show that the Tesla Model 3 has almost out-sold the second best-selling model three to one.
For the nine months of 2020 reported on so far, the Model 3 leads BMW’s 330e with 5,150 units registered on UK roads. Nissan’s Leaf is just behind the plug-in hybrid 3 Series on 5,097.
Kia’s e-Niro is in fourth place on 4,201 models, and Jaguar’s I-Pace in fifth with 4,134. Rounding out the top ten are the Renault Zoe, MG ZS EV, Audi e-tron, Vauxhall Corsa-e, and Hyundai Kona Electric. Interestingly, the BMW 330e is the only plug-in hybrid in the top ten for the first nine months of 2020, showcasing the comparative strength of the pure-electric car market.
For the latest quarter, Tesla unsurprisingly leads still, with 5,721 units, ahead of the closely-pitched Kia e-Niro and Renault Zoe on 2,960 and 2,955 units respectively. The Corsa-e, Mercedes Benz A 250 e, Kona Electric, 330e, e-tron, Leaf, and I-Pace complete the top ten for Q3 2020. Looking at pure-electric models only, the BMW i3 and Mini Electric come in as the ninth and tenth best-selling EVs during that time, behind the Ford Kuga PHEV and Volvo XC40 PHEV in terms of total registrations.
The rise of Tesla’s Model 3 has been dramatic, with the first registered models only in the DfT’s Q2 2019 figures - and even then less than 180 units were recorded. Around 5,000 Model 3 registrations are being added each quarter since the car went on sale in the UK. It now sits in third spot in the UK’s total EV sales charts after only around 18 months of being on sale. It's behind only the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (47,446) and Nissan Leaf (33,492), which have been available for far longer.
Looking at manufacturers, BMW is the leading brand in the UK for plug-in cars, having sold more than 65,300 models to the end of Q3 2020. This is largely down to a combination of an early entry into the electric vehicle market and a large number of plug-in models. There are nine different model series with plug-in variants available.
BMW’s approach is in stark contrast with the second-best electric vehicle manufacturer, Mitsubishi, which hangs most of its almost 47,700 sales on the Outlander PHEV - a handful can be attributed to the I-MiEV. Tesla has risen into third place in the manufacturer’s charts with the latest set of results, seeing its 41,300+ units made up of entirely pure-electric models - the Models 3, S, and X, and the Roadster.
Nissan, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Renault, Volvo, Land Rover, and Kia complete the top ten manufacturers, with the greatest choice of plug-in vehicles available from Mercedes. Counting all model series with plug-in variant sales in the UK - both new and older models - there are 18 different powertrains available from 11 Mercedes Benz nameplates.
Manufacturer groups flip things about a little, mainly because the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubuishi Alliance feature three brands that entered the electric vehicle market early, and offer a high selling model from each make, totalling almost 105,000 models.
The BMW Group - in this case incorporating BMW and Mini - is in second place with more than 75,000 units, followed by Tesla (41,302), the VW Group - including VW, Audi, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, & Bentley - (40,178), and the Hyundai Kia Group (21,723).
New comers in this last quarter include the VW ID.3 - the best-selling new model in Q3 2020 (those with no registrations in previous quarters) -Mercedes Benz's CLA 250 e PHEV, the Polestar 2 pure-EV, Mercedes Benz GLC 300 de PHEV, Ford Transit PHEV, and Audi A6 TFSI e.
Best-selling electric cars in the UK to date
|Make / Model||Total sales to Q3 2020|
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||47,446|
|Tesla Model 3||25,574|
|Tesla Model S||10,063|
|Mercedes Benz C 350 e||9,259|
|Volkswagen Golf GTE||8,921|
|Mini Countryman Cooper S E||8,136|
|Volvo XC90 TwinEngine||6,810|
|Tesla Model X||5,623|
|MG ZS EV||4,574|
|Range Rover Sport P400e||4,270|
|Kia Niro PHEV||4,124|
|Toyota Prius PHEV||4,071|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||4,063|
|Volkswagen Passat GTE||3,932|
|Audi A3 e-tron||3,812|
|Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid||3,640|
|Range Rover P400e||3,417|
|Volvo XC60 Twin Engine||3,312|
|BMW X5 PHEV||3,137|
|Hyundai Ioniq Electric||3,092|
|Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in||2,972|
|Mercedes Benz A 250 e||2,888|
|Ford Kuga PHEV||2,566|
|Volvo XC40 Twin Engine||2,081|
|Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid||2,055|
|Audi Q5 TFSI e||1,680|
|Mercedes Benz E 300 de||1,550|
|Kia Soul EV||1,534|
|Smart EQ fortwo||1,315|
|Mercedes Benz E 350 e||1,210|
|Mercedes Benz EQC||1,139|
|Volvo V60 TwinEngine||1,014|
|Smart EQ forfour||955|
|Peugeot 3008 Hybrid||813|
|Skoda Superb iV||753|
|Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid||724|
|Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid||645|
|Audi Q7 e-tron||623|
|Mercedes Benz CLA 250 e||440|
|BMW X1 PHEV||436|
Source: Department for Transport; Analysis: YourParkingSpace.co.uk.
Key: Blue - pure-EV ; Green - plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or range-extended EV (REX) ; Orange - EV & REX
Table includes top 60 best-selling electric cars - pure-electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell where applicable - and excludes models with sales primarily made up of LCV/van variants, e.g. Nissan e-NV200. Registrations of more than 120 electric vehicles - pure-EV, PHEV, REX, & FCEV - are tracked each quarter by YourParkingSpace.co.uk from the DfT statistics.
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