Tesla’s Model 3 has become the first electrical vehicle to top monthly sales of new cars in Europe, beating off the very popular Renault Clio and Volkswagen Golf to claim pole position.
Sales data shared by research firm Jato Dynamics shows Tesla with a healthy lead over its rivals, selling 24,591 Model 3s in September compared to the 18,264 sales for the Renault Clio in the number two spot. This also marks the first time that a car made outside of Europe has been a monthly best-seller there.
The data also suggests that the automotive market is slowly but surely moving away from combustion engines to electric vehicles. According to Bloomberg, sales of electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 23 percent of total new sales in September — nearly double the proportion of the market in 2020.