We told you about it a few days ago, new car registrations suffered again in Europe in April with a 20.6% drop. Nothing new under the sun between the shortage of all kinds of materials and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict that is not helping things. In addition, a brief look at the situation in other major markets shows that the situation around the world is complex: Auto sales also fell 18% in the United States, much worse in China – again hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic – where they fell almost by half (48%). But what we didn’t know yet is that the Old Continent covers all categories of cars, including those with electric engines, and in particular zero-emission models whose production is nevertheless preferred by manufacturers.
But where has the Tesla Model 3 gone?
For the first time since April 2020, sales of 100% electric cars fell last month. Nothing dramatic, though, since the modest decline is only 1.4% and volumes are still high with 154,219 units sold (compared to 156,371 in April 2021). This also means that in total they accounted for just over 18% of the total car registrations, all engines together, an excellent score. If purchase orders rose 13% for this type of energy last month, if they favor zero-emission production (at the expense of, as we’ll see, thermals), automakers are struggling to keep up with growing demand.
In the details of the models, we note that the Tesla Model 3, although accustomed to the podium, last month did not even appear in the ranking of the 10 best-selling electric cars, not even the “brand new” SUV Model Y that stormed into the first quarter. Nothing surprising as long as the deliveries of these two models do not arrive vaguely, at the end of the quarter. In fact, it is the Fiat 500 Electric that takes the lead in this ranking. The Italian, who has long been accustomed to being very well placed in its thermal variant, follows the same path in its battery version, which alone represents 46% of its registrations (and even 56% with us).
In the rest of the ranking are some surprises such as the good performance of the Skoda Enyaq, which is ahead of the much more accessible Dacia Spring, but also its close Volkswagen cousin, the ID.4, which is one of the 10 most popular electric cars. cars in April, the one that records the most brutal fall. Equally surprising is the fact that the Wolfsburg SUV is ahead of its more financially attractive little sister ID.3. A poor performance for the German brand, which has trouble seducing with its electric models. Finally, the i3, which is at the end of its career, takes full advantage of BMW’s attractive offers to sell the latest models.
Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Lynk&Co 01 surprises
With 6 models moving up to the top 10, electric cars aren’t doing too badly, all things considered. Only 4 out of 10 plug-in hybrids can say the same. Worse, all engines combined, only 1 model of the 10 best-selling vehicles is progressing, the Kia Sportage. Already quite popular in the past, the brand new generation seems to please. It remains to be seen if it will fare as well as its cousin Hyundai Tucson, the best-selling in its segment in 2021. Surprisingly, the Toyota Yaris – still recently renewed – is already down -28% last month, and even -33% since the start of the year. Like many city cars, it suffers from the arrival of its SUV equivalent, the Yaris Cross. A phenomenon that can also be seen in France.
Now, when it comes to plug-in hybrids, two vehicles stand out. Firstly, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which we did not expect in such a good position, but which seems to follow in the footsteps of its big brother, the Outlander which has not been sold in Europe since the renewal, but which was especially popular with its plug-in hybrid variant. Finally, surprise, the Lynk & Co 01 takes a very good 9th place. An outstanding achievement for the Sino-Swedish manufacturer’s very first attempt on the European market.
Overview of new car sales in Europe in April 2022
Top 10 best-selling electric cars in Europe in April 2022
- Fiat 500 Electric: 5,524 models sold, +69%
- Peugeot e-208: 3,730 models sold, +5%
- Skoda Enyaq: 3,645 models sold, +46%
- Dacia Spring: 3,555 models sold, +901%
- Kia e-Niro: 3,478 models sold, +8%
- Volkswagen ID.4: 2,892 models sold, -61%
- Hyundai Kona Electric: 2,867 models sold, -16%
- Renault Zoé: 2,823 models sold, -31%
- Kia EV6: 2,699 models sold, /
- BMW i3: 2,507 models sold, +24%
Top 10 best-selling cars in Europe in April 2022, all engines together
- Peugeot 208: 15,615 models sold, -15%
- Volkswagen T-Roc: 13,998 models sold, -19%
- Dacia Sandero: 12,913 models sold, -2%
- Fiat-Abarth 500: 12,835 models sold, -18%
- Ford Puma: 12,601 models sold, -5%
- Toyota Yaris: 12,448 models sold, -28%
- Opel-Vauxhall Corsa: 11,384 models sold, -30%
- Toyota Corolla: 11,678 models sold, -4%
- Kia Sportage: 11,635 models sold, +53%
- Fiat Panda: 11,544 models sold, -4%
Top 10 best-selling plug-in hybrid cars in Europe in April 2022
- Ford Kuga: 3,413 models sold, -19%
- Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: 2,738 models sold, +426%
- Volvo XC40: 2,584 models sold, -34%
- Peugeot 3008: 2,451 models sold, -31%
- BMW X1: 2,260 models sold, -9%
- Jeep Compass: 2,206 models sold, +39%
- BMW X5: 2,190 models sold, +13%
- Volvo XC60: 2,141 models sold, +5%
- Lynk & Co 01: 2,127 models sold, /
- BMW 3 Series: 2,037 models sold, -30%