Volkswagen ID.3 was Europe’s best selling EV in October

It’s been a strong year for alternative fuel vehicle sales. In October, 26.8% of the 1,127,624 new vehicle registrations had some kind of electrified powertrain.

Volkwagen’s ID.3 came out as the top-selling fully-electric car in Europe. This was, in part, thanks to the delivery schedule of the Tesla Model 3, which previously held the top spot. Regardless, this just goes to show the popularity of the ID.3 — which was unveiled at the end of September 2019.

Demand for electric vehicles was greater than for diesel cars, for the second month running. While new electric cars held 26.8% of market share in October, diesel car registrations fell to 26.3%.

The most popular electrified cars were mild hybrids, which made up 32% of the electrified share in October. This is compared to 16% for the same period in 2019. While the demand for traditional hybrid cars shrank in October, the market share of plug-in hybrids increased from 21% to 24% and registrations of pure-electric vehicles rose from 21% to 25%.

The popularity of Volkswagen’s ID.3 will no doubt be followed by the ID.4, which will open for sales at the end of 2020. This SUV features a 77kWh battery that’s good for an approximate range of 320 miles or there’s a 52kWh version that’ll do around 224 miles. The rounded, curvy design is very similar to the ID.3, while the inside is wonderfully minimalist, as we’ve come to expect from electric vehicles.

Jess Shanahan

Author:Jess Shanahan
Date Updated:30th Nov 2020

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