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EVs outsell diesel vehicles in Europe in August for the first time ever

Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids outsold their diesel counterparts in Europe in August 2021 for the first time ever, according to data from JATO Dynamics.

This time last year, the volume of EVs was 158,300 units less than diesel car registrations, however in August 2021 EVs outsold diesel vehicles by 10,100 units.

Demand was particularly strong for the electric versions of the Fiat 500, Peugeot 208, Hyundai Kona, Opel Corsa and Kia Niro, in addition to the outstanding results of the Volkswagen ID.3 – Europe’s top-selling EV during the month.

A sharp rise in demand last month saw electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids post their second highest ever monthly market share at 21%. The 151,737 units registered last month marks a year-on-year increase of 61% and takes total volume since January to 1.32 million units.

According to data for 26 European markets, new car registrations slowed once again in August, with a decline of 18% to 713,714 units. This marks the lowest recorded volume in August since 2014, and is a result of the chip shortage.

Among the latest launches, the Tesla Model Y entered the top 10 of the BEV rankings despite only hitting the market in August. Alongside this, the Ford Mustang Mach-E also made the top ten; the Volkswagen ID.3 occupied the 15th position in the general rankings; Opel/Vauxhall registered 4,900 units of the new Mokka, and Volkswagen followed with 4,600 units of the ID.4.