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Tesla Model 3 Number 1 In Europe Year-to-date, Top 3 In Netherlands In December

Transition to a fully electrified transportation is at full speed in the Netherlands, with a peak 57% of electric cars sold in December. Tesla Model 3 and Model Y were in the top 5 ranking (3rd and 5th respectively), where Volkswagen ID 4 took the first place and Skoda Enyaq the second.

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In order to have a better understanding of the European EV market, we can see that November has been the slowest month in terms of new passenger car registrations in the last 30 years, as the volume decreased 18% year-over-year to 864,000, according to a report by Mark Kane, insideevs. The report also states that in November 2021 some 221,828 new passenger plug-in electric cars were registered, which is 33% more than a year ago, and that the market share stands at 26% with all-electric cars alone taking 15% of the market share.

Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, in Europe the Tesla Model 3 was the most registered EV in November 2021 with 10,912 units - good enough to become #12 overall (that is, including ICE vehicles). The Model 3 is also the #1 EV year-to-date (115,485) with a huge advantage over other models that we can already safely say that it's the best-selling car of 2021. The second best last month in Europe was the Renault ZOE (8,888), which reduced the year-to-date gap to the Volkswagen ID.3 to a point at which it can become the second best-selling EV of 2021 in Europe. A lot depends on the December result, which we will be able to analyze in January. The third most registered model happens to be the Dacia Spring (5,161). Then there are crossover/SUVs: Tesla Model Y (5,437), Skoda Enyaq iV (5,249) and Volkswagen ID.4 (4,900).

After this brief overview of the situation in Europe regarding the BEV market as a whole, we can say that it is precisely the Volkswagen ID4 the leader in the Netherlands in December 2021, with 972 units sold, followed by the Skoda Ennyaq with 941 units and by the Model 3 with 937 units; the Model Y comes in 5th place with 866 units sold.

The PEV market share in the Netherlands, as per cleantechnica, was still slightly down in November as compared to 2020 full-year result (25%), but it was correctly predicted that it wasn’t going to be like that for long, as the market share should continue growing; which is exactly what finally happened. Breaking down registrations between the two basic plugin powertrains, we could see that in November BEVs were returning to form, getting 69% of October’s registrations. That allowed pure electrics to gain a bit more of a lead on plugin hybrids in the year-to-date tally (58% vs. 42%). It was expected that pure electrics would continue to grow their lead in the last two months of the year 2021, which is also what finally happened.

Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

As we said before, and according to numbers from, at a European level the Top models year-to-date are:

1. Tesla Model 3 - 115,485
2. Volkswagen ID.3 - 63,645
3. Renault ZOE - 61,190
4. Volkswagen ID.4 - 48,212
5. Ford Kuga PHEV - 43,516
6. Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) - 42,444
7. Fiat 500 electric - 39,530
8. Hyundai Kona Electric - 39,487
9. Volvo XC40 PHEV - 38,430
10. Skoda Enyaq iV - 38,417

The year 2022 certainly looks good for Tesla in Europe, with the opening of the Gigafactory Berlin happening anytime in the next few weeks, which will give it even better numbers and market share percentages.

All images courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Nico Caballero is the VP of Finance of Cogency Power, specializing in solar energy. He also holds a Diploma in Electric Cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and enjoys doing research about Tesla and EV batteries. He can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers Tesla and electric vehicle latest happenings at Torque News.

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