Despite being six years old, the BMW i3 continues to stay near the top of the best selling electric and plug-in vehicles in Europe in July 2019. According to CleanTechnica, the BMW i3 ranks fifth in the list, after the Renault Zoe, Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid.
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The European passenger plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market had around 36,000 registrations in July, +32 percent year over year. Overall, the electrified market has grown 34 percent in 2019.
In July, while plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) continued nosediving (-19% YoY), all-electrics (BEVs) almost doubled (+90%) to some 24,000 units, responsible for 67% of all plug-in sales last month, 66% year to date (YTD). The BEV share was at 1.9% by itself. Adding PHEVs to the tally, the share climbs to 2.8%. The 2019 PEV share is now at 2.9% (2.0% for BEVs alone), above the 2.5% result of 2018.,
Renault sold 3,969 Zoe models in July, beating the Model 3 with 3,478 units. With the 62 kWh version starting to be delivered in volume, the Nissan Leaf model hit 2,858 units last month.
The Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid scored 2,487 registrations in July (up 105%).
BMW’s i3 reported a sale increase of 36 percent in July, or 2,354 units. As a reminder, BMW only sells the BEV version in Europe, without the REx (Range Extender) model offered in the US. Germany had 967 units sold, followed by Norway (207) and the UK (300).
Three other BMW Group models are included in Top 12. The BMW 225xe Active Tourer PHEV was purchased by 1,045 customers, followed by the MINI Countryman PHEV (1,033 units) and BMW 530e (842 units).
Year-to-date, the BMW i3 still ranks fifth, with 18,724 units sold in Europe, at a significant distance from the market leader in Europe – the Tesla Model 3 (41,258 units).