August 2020 was another spectacular month for plug-in electric car sales in Europe as nearly 97,500 new passenger plug-ins were registered, 171% more than a year ago.
The volume was slightly lower than in the record July, but the market share improved to 11%, which means that more than 1 in 10 new cars sold is some kind of plug-in.
The market is currently divided into two nearly equal parts - some 51.5% are BEVs (over 50,000), and 48.5% are PHEVs. However, because PHEVs increased by 285%, while BEVs by "only" 112%, soon plug-in hybrids may become the majority.
Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – August 2020
After eight months, nearly 612,000 plug-ins were sold in Europe. The average market share is 8.4% and grows.
The most popular models
Since the Renault ZOE results weakened in August (to 6,183), the improving Tesla Model 3 has become the best selling plug-in for the month with 7,020 registrations. Those two models are racing for first place for the year and ZOE is on the lead (52,150 VS 41,047).
While the Volkswagen e-Golf is third YTD (24,489), an interesting thing happened below, as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV fell from #4 to #7, overtaken by Hyundai Kona Electric, Audi e-tron and Ford Kuga PHEV in a single month. Soon, those three EVs might also beat e-Golf, which is going to retire after the Volkswagen ID.3 ramp-up.
In the case of the Ford Kuga PHEV, we must note that now it's the top-selling plug-in hybrid model in Europe.
Top 20 models YTD: