The star of the month for April in Europe is the electric Fiat 500, which tops the list of electric vehicle sales. However, the market is experiencing a sharp decline in the number of new vehicle registrations, largely due to the shortage of semiconductors.
The car market is down sharply in Europe in April 2022, with 821,000 new registrations, compared to 1,030,000 in April 2021. This 20% drop is mainly due to the difficulty of supply into components for most manufacturers.
A decline in the number of electric vehicle sales
If we were used to breaking records for the number of electric car registrations month after month, this is no longer really the case at the start of the second quarter of 2022, as shown by JATO, which publishes statistics concerning EV sales on the Old Continent.
While the share of connected vehicles in overall car sales is only increasing (11% in April 2020, 15% in April 2021, and 19% in April 2022), their volume is declining for the second consecutive year (- 1.4% in one year). The concern is not to be found on the side of the buyers, who always seem to be there, but indeed difficulties faced by manufacturers in producing and delivering vehicles.
For the first time in history, the Stellantis group is doing well and leads the builders in terms of deliveries with 16,600 registered units, i.e. 20% of the market. The Volkswagen and Hyundai-Kia groups complete the podium for the month of April, allowing Volkswagen to currently be the leading manufacturer in terms of volumes of electric vehicles for Europe in 2022.
The Fiat 500 is the best-selling electric car in April 2022
As you probably know, Tesla usually delivers to its European customers from the Shanghai factory at the end of the quarter, which explains the absence of vehicles from Elon Musk’s firm in the top 10. will have to wait until June to see the figures of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y approaching the podium.
Anyway, with 5,524 units, the electric Fiat 500 wins the prize for the best-selling electric car in Europe in April 2022, followed by the Peugeot e-208 (3,730 units) and the Skoda Enyaq ( 3,645 units). Despite its announced end of marketing, the BMW i3 arrives in tenth place in the ranking, a few units behind the Renault Zoe, also at the end of the course.
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