Nissan LEAF successfully defended its #1 spot in Portugal against the Tesla Model 3.

Portugal nearly set a new, monthly plug-in electric car sales record in December, as the 1,354 units at 7.5% market share were just 4 below October's result.

After the full 12-months of 2019, sales in Portugal increased by 54% year-over-year to 12,703. The average market share is also one of the highest in Europe - 5.7%.

Plug-in electric car sales in Portugal - December 2019

One of the biggest surprises is that the Nissan LEAF (1,622 YTD) managed to maintain its advantage over the Tesla Model 3 (1,543) through the end of the year.

The LEAF was also the most popular plug-in model in Portugal in 2018, but we doubt whether repeating the success is possible this year.

In 2020, we might see the new Renault ZOE fighting for the top position.

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Source: EV Sales Blog