Tesla Model 3 the first EV to top sales in Europe

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The Tesla Model 3 has become the first electrical vehicle (EV) to top monthly sales of new cars in Europe, according to Bloomberg News.

Sales data shared by research firm Jato Dynamics shows the Tesla Model 3 with a healthy lead over its rivals, selling 24,591 units in September compared to the 18,264 sales for the Renault Clio in the number two spot.

The milestone also marks the first time that a car made outside of Europe has been a monthly best-seller there.

The sales data suggests that the automotive market is slowly but surely moving away from combustion engines to electric vehicles, boosted by government subsidies to reduce the price of EVs and hybrid vehicles.

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Bloomberg said sales of electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 23 per cent of total new sales in September—nearly double the proportion of the market in 2020.

However, the global chip shortage means that sales of new cars are down in general, with the EU market falling 25 per cent year-on-year, with total sales in September 2021 of 964,800 vehicles.

“Dealers continue to face issues with the availability of new cars due to the chip shortage,” Jato analyst Felipe Munoz told AM Online.

“As a result, unwilling to wait more than a year for a new car, many consumers have turned to the used car market.”

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