staying number 1 by selling almost no electric cars

Finally, we know the sales figures for electric cars in Europe for October 2022. Big surprise: Tesla doesn’t appear in the monthly top 10, but remains in the top two spots of the podium overall for the year. . We explain why.

Every month, various organizations publish data on the European car market. This time, it was JATO who topped the top 10 best-selling electric cars in Europe for October 2022. Unlike Tesla’s massively suffocating competition from the Model Y and Model 3, this time around is a little different.

Tesla exists without actually being there…

Indeed, no Tesla appears in the monthly top 10. The rating is trusted by Volkswagen, which placed its ID.4 and ID.3 in first and second place. Then there’s the Fiat 500, which continues on its way, also 3rd in the annual ranking. The Peugeot e-208 is also in 4th place in the game, ahead of another French car, the Renault Megane E-Tech, in 5th place.

What’s most surprising is that cumulatively between January and October 2022, Tesla remains at the top of the rankings, with the Tesla Model Y in first place and the Tesla Model 3 in second place. Then its cousins ​​Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq are in 4th and 5th place.

Tesla’s special logistics

How do you explain why Tesla remains number one in October 2022 despite sales that don’t even fit into the top 10? That’s down from 3,322 Mini Cooper SEs last month in 10th place in Europe.

The reason is simple and the answer has two parts. The first is that Tesla is way ahead of the competition In France, Europe and the world. Indeed, since the beginning of the year, the Tesla Model Y has sold almost twice as much as the Model 3. The latter surpasses its closest competitor by several thousand sales.

It’s enough to give Tesla a margin in the months when the company doesn’t (or hardly) sells electric cars in Europe. The reason Tesla isn’t in the monthly top 10 in October 2022 is because of how its logistics work. The Model 3 and most Model Ys come from the Gigafactory in Shanghai. A few Model Ys are shipped from the Berlin factory, and Model Ss and Model Xs are shipped from the United States.

The port of Shanghai is full of Tesla Model Y ready for export

Deliveries are made by boat, and Tesla groups the cars on different boats that take several weeks to cross the oceans. This explains the “enemy” in supplies. But we do know that the American manufacturer will catch up with the first European deliveries of the popular Model Y Propulsion in November.

So it is possible that Tesla will cross the 100,000 Model Y and 60,000 Model 3 sold bar. Enough to maintain a comfortable lead over competitors. Globally, Tesla still has to be wary of competition from Chinese giant BYD and Germany’s Volkswagen group, which are ramping up production.

The 10 best electric cars in Europe in October 2022

Car October 2022
Volkswagen ID.4 6,069
Volkswagen ID.3 5,409
New Fiat 500 5,168
Peugeot e-208 4,839
Renault Megane 4,551
Skoda Enyaq iV 3,797
Polestar 2 3760
Volvo XC40 3,566
Vauxhall Mokka 3,417
Mini Cooper SE 3,322

The 5 best electric cars in Europe from January to October 2022

Car January – October 2022
Tesla Model Y 83,277*
Tesla Model 3 56,185*
Fiat 500 52 106
Volkswagen ID.4 46 107
Skoda Enyak 40,081

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