In March 2021, plug-in electric car sales in Europe increased by 169% year-over-year to the second-highest monthly result ever, of close to 228,000!

Rechargeable passenger cars hold now very high share of 16%, which is a really great average for the continent.

Both categories - all-electric and plug-in hybrids - are growing very fast (PHEVs are expanding much quicker than BEVs right now).

Sales by type:

  • BEVs: over 108,000 (up roughly 100% year-over-year) and 7.6% of the market
  • PHEVs: close to 120,000 (up 264% year-over-year) and about 8.4% of the market

Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Europe – March 2021


So far this year, some 456,987 passenger plug-in electric cars were registered in Europe. That's 15% of the total market.

Sales by type:

  • BEVs: roughly 200,000 and about 6.6% of the market
  • PHEVs: roughly 256,000 and about 8.4% of the market

The most popular models

The Tesla Model 3 was the top-selling electric model for the second consecutive month in Europe. March's surge of deliveries is not a surprise, but the volume of 24,184 is higher than expected and completely out of range for any other EV.

Tesla's best-selling car has become the top or one of the top-selling electric cars in the biggest European markets, like the UK, France, Germany and Norway.

The Model 3 is now #1 year-to-date with 31,200 units and a massive advantage over the rest of the pack - the difference to the second best is over 18,000!

Other great selling plug-ins in March were: the Hyundai Kona Electric (5,643), Volvo XC40 PHEV (5,567) and Renault ZOE (5,482), followed by the all-new Volkswagen ID.4 (5,104) and Volkswagen ID.3 (4,992). The position of the ID.3 seems disappointing.

According to EV Sales Blog, the top three plug-in brands in Europe are Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW (each with 10% share), followed by Volvo (8% share) and Tesla (7% share), Peugeot (6% share) and Renault (6% share).

Top 20 models for the month and YTD: