Volkswagen is #1 in gross sales of electrical autos in these 10 European international locations
I just published a report on the 30 best-selling electric cars and SUVs in 10 European countries. The model races and leaderboards are always fun, but there’s more to discover and compare than just models. As we all know, some companies have focused on a small number of models (sometimes out of necessity) while others have launched a larger number of models, spreading the electrons across styles, sizes, and tastes.
Looking at the same 10 European countries as before – Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland – Volkswagen is the clear market leader with 18.3% of all-electric vehicle sales in 10 markets. That is almost every fifth electric vehicle sold in these 10 countries.
Tesla, which is still only worn by the best-selling Model 3, ranks second and holds 10% of EV sales. Renault is not far behind with a 9.2% market share in electric vehicles, but Tesla is expected to expand its lead in June and likely through the end of 2021.
Peugeot (7.7%) and Hyundai (6%) round out the top 5.
Hyundai’s partner in crime, Kia, comes right after Hyundai at # 6, which raises another matter. You can even look beyond brands and examine the results of automotive groups and alliances as well. I’ll get back to this in a moment after looking at the latest brand stats in those markets – the May sales.
If you just look at electrical sales in May, not much changes compared to the January through May sales rankings. However, koda jumps from # 10 to # 4 on the back of the very popular Škoda Enyaq. Kia and Hyundai, which are very close, also swap places. In addition, Opel climbed from # 9 to # 8, Smart fell from # 7 to # 9 and Fiat climbed from # 12 to # 10 to close the top 10.
Overall, it seems likely that Volkswagen will end the year in first place, Tesla in second place and Renault in third place – but we’ll see and definitely report if other brands sprint for a medal position.
Now let’s look at automobile companies, alliances, and confusing conglomerate partnerships.
The Volkswagen Group is currently clearly the king of European electric vehicle sales. And one has to wonder how long it will be before it is dethroned. It can be a long, long time.
Will Tesla Giga Berlin be able to bring Tesla back to the top when it launches German-made electric cars? We’ll see, but there is still a long way to go. In the meantime, if a European buys an electric vehicle, he or she is most likely buying something from the Volkswagen stable.
Some big props are also due for Stellantis, who quickly climbed the EV sales ladder to second place. I remember when Maarten Vinkhuyzen predicted big things from PSA (the core of Stellantis) a few years ago and was a bit skeptical but open-minded because it came from Maarten (whom I trust as much as anyone else when it comes to the market ) Commentary and Analysis). In fact, he was right, PSA has become strong. In addition, Fiat woke up and shipped some units of its cute little 500e.
There is actually a way to dethrone the Volkswagen Group overnight – if Tesla became Stellantis. Teslantis? (This is just a joke, of course, as it is not remotely possible.)
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and the Hyundai-Kia partnership are continuing their steady second stage of semi-leadership in the sale of electric vehicles, followed by the premium trio Tesla, Daimler and BMW. However, Tesla is sure to jump in the rankings for the first half of the year when sales begin in June. This is one of the 4 highest sales months of the year, as Tesla’s shipping samples always prefer the last month of the quarter.
Any other thoughts on these EV sales rankings and expectations for the future?
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