The European EV market in 2020 surprised with a rapid start of new products, but a leader of sales remained the same. Nissan Leaf Is Only 7th.
According to the sales results 2020, a tiny Renault Zoe was still the most popular electric car in Europe. Almost 100,000 people bought it: this is twice as many as in 2019.
At the same time, the Nissan Leaf, the main contender for the championship of previous years, took only the seventh place in the TOP 10 best-selling EVs, despite the change of generations of the model.
The Leaf’s result in Europe was just over 31,000 vehicles sold, almost the same as a year before. Moreover, in 2018, the Japanese electric car became No.1 in terms of sales on the continent.
However, the low ranking of the world’s first series electric vehicle was not because of its weak market position, but rather due to high sales of the Tesla Model 3 (86,000 units), as well as the good start of newcomers to the segment.
For example, the all-new Volkswagen ID.3 reached dealers in 2020, but around 54,500 units were sold: it took the third place.
The relatively new Hyundai Kona Electric was the fourth (48,000 cars), and the Volkswagen e-Golf – already replaced by the VW ID.3 – was the fifth with almost 34,000 sales.
It is worth noting a great start of sales of a new player – the Peugeot e-208. In less than a year, the model could take the sixth place (31,000 units), followed by the aforementioned Nissan Leaf (7th), the Kia e-Niro (8th) and the Audi e-tron (9th, the most expensive one in the ranking).
The last model on the TOP 10 list is the BMW i3. Despite its good sales, the car won’t enter its next generation. The Bavarian automaker has focused on fully new vehicles of e-lineup.