big box for the Chinese Teslas…

In August, sales of electric cars rose again in Europe: they exceeded diesel sales. As well as the share of vehicles assembled in China, which is very high, as 20% of the electric cars sold in Europe in August come from the Middle Kingdom. But they do not necessarily belong to Chinese manufacturers.

Today, Chinese manufacturers are still very familiar in Europe. And for good reason, most of those arriving here are currently only marketed in Norway as BYD or Nio. However, Chinese cars are much more common. In fact, according to a report by Jato Dynamics, one in five cars sold on the old continent, is assembled in China.

No Chinese manufacturer in the top 10

According to Jato’s statement, 20% of the electric cars sold in Europe in August were made in China, but 28% are still collected in Germany. A figure up 78% compared to August 2021. And yet there is no Chinese manufacturer among the 10 best-selling models last month.

Actually only 18% of the electrical products produced in the country are marketed by a Chinese brand. These are the American or European manufacturers that manufacture in China, such as Tesla or Dacia. In fact, the Berlin Gigafactory currently only produces the Model Y Performance. The other models come from the Shanghai Gigafactory.

Car August 2022
Tesla Model Y 6,935
Volkswagen ID.4 5,583
Skoda Enyaq iV 4,394
New Fiat 500 3,992
Dacia Spring 3,699
Volkswagen ID.3 3,638
Tesla Model 3 2,930
Cupra born 2,838
Peugeot e-208 2,785
Hyundai Kona 2,618

It’s the Tesla Model Y that still comes out on top in August. The electric SUV will then be followed by its rival, the Volkswagen ID.4. This is then ahead of its technical cousin, which is none other than the Skoda Enyaq iV, which is placed on the 3rd step. The small electric Fiat 500 remains at the foot of the podium.

Compared to July, there are some changes as the Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric leaves the rankings. Installed in 5th place, it is now replaced by the Dacia spring. Like the Model Y, the electric city car is assembled in China, at the DongFeng factory in Shiyan. Both, as well as other models such as the MG 4, may eventually be stripped of eco-bonuses, while the government considers restricting its access to European-made vehicles only.

Sales are increasing

As Jato Dynamics describes, sales of 100% electric cars have increased significantly over the years. In August 2020, these represented only 11% market share. A figure that rose to 21% in August 2022, although gasoline vehicles are still the majority (57% market share in 2022, compared to 58% in 2020). Diesel remains behind 100% electric with 19% market share.

A total of 157,075 electrified vehicles were sold in August in Europe, regardless of whether they are electric or plug-in hybrid models. If you look at the top sales since the beginning of the year, it is again Tesla that dominates, with its Model Y. No less than 53,910 copies have been sold since January.

Car January – August 2022
Tesla Model Y 53,910
Tesla Model 3 43,941
Fiat 500 41,860*
Volkswagen ID.4 33,411
Skoda Enyaq 31,652

The electric SUV is then followed by the Model 3 sedan, which has sold a total of 43,941 in the same period. The Fiat 500 is this time in third place with 41,860 units. No Chinese or even French manufacturer in this ranking, since The 4th and 5th places are occupied by the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Skoda Enyaq iV which replaces the Peugeot e-208, which was present last month for the full year.


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