Tesla Motors’ Model 3 electric vehicle (EV) ended as the top selling car in Europe in September, the first time Tesla has placed in the position and the first time an EV has done so in the monthly charts, according to research group JATO Dynamics.
Of the 24,591 cars registered, Tesla’s Model 3 recorded a 58% increase year-on-year. The next highest-selling model was Renault’s Clio, Dacia’s Sandero and Volkswagen’s Golf model, according to a report from Reuters.
In the EV segment, after the Model 3, the Model 7 came in second with Volkswagen’s ID.3 in third place.
"The strong performance of the Model 3 is in part explained by Tesla's intensive end-of-quarter sales push," JATO said of the results. "September has historically been a strong month for the U.S. manufacturer's registration results in Europe, on average accounting for 68% of its third-quarter deliveries since 2018."
Tesla’s penetration into the European market is expected to grow as the company is awaiting approval for a Gigafactory in Gruendheide near Berlin.