Electrified vehicle sales gain 153% in Europe for October; Volkswagen ID 3 top EV with 10,475 units – paultan.org

Sales of electrified vehicles in Europe gained 153% year-on-year in October, in contrast to the global downward trend that is due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Autocar reports. The region saw 7% fewer vehicle registrations last month at 1,127,624 registrations compared to October 2019, according to analytics outfit Jato Dynamics.

Mild hybrids made up the largest proportion of electrified vehicles sold in this time with 32%, compared to 16% of all electrified vehicles for the same period in 2019. In the same period, plug-in hybrids grew from 21% to 24%, while pure EV registrations gained from 21% to 25%, the magazine reported.

Of these, the Volkswagen ID 3 was the best-selling fully electric vehicle in Europe with 10,475 units in October. The German car usurped the Tesla Model 3 from the top EV sales spot in the region last month, partly due to the timing of the American EV carmaker’s deliveries which are due to arrive in November, missing out on the October tally.

October was also the second month in a row that saw electrified vehicles outsell diesel vehicles, which saw its market share drop to 26.3%. The second best-selling fully electric vehicle for October 2020 was the Renault Zoe with 9,778 units sold, followed by the Hyundai Kona Electric in third with 5,261 units sold.

Toyota collected the top spots in the hybrid category for the region, with the Yaris and Corolla recording 13,338 and 9,728 sales in October respectively. The Mercedes-Benz A 250 e was the best-selling plug-in hybrid in Europe for October, charting sales of 4,209 units.

In terms of internal combustion-engined vehicles, the Opel Corsa sold 21,220 units in October, making it the third-best-selling car in Europe for the month and year to date, which is also 59% more than the total achieved in October last year. Other strong performers included the Renault Clio, Fiat Panda, Peugeot 2008 and Volvo XC40, according to the report.

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