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SUV/Crossover heavy-rollers begin to dominate the European electric car market – Exclusive research


Schmidt Automotive Research

SUV/Crossovers accounted for over 40 per cent mix of all new pure electric cars entering West European roads in April, while accounting for a leading every third new BEV during the opening third of the year according to data published in the April edition of the European Electric Car Report.

The thirty combined pure electric SUV Crossover models, making up just under every second BEV available on the market currently, achieved a 42.5 per cent share of all new registrations in April.

Volkswagen's ID.4 not only topped the sector with 7,400 new registrations across the 18 market region* in April, but was also the most registered BEV model outright during the same month, according to the latest European Electric Car Report data.

The MEB-based model outpaced the number two model, its ID.3 sibling – based on the same framework and manufactured side-by-side in VW's all-electric Zwickau facility, by 1,600 units.

Almost 60% of all new PHEVs entering European roads are SUV/Crossovers

In terms of new PHEV registrations, the SUV/Crossover share accounted for just under 60 per cent of new registrations during the opening four months of 2021.

Every second plug-in electric car now an SUV/Crossover While combined xEV plug-in registrations saw 48 per cent of all new plug-in registrations go to the same sector in the opening 4-months of 2021.

With more key additions to the market on the way from the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mach E, BMW iX and Audi Q4, the dominating position is expected to grow further with generous fiscal benefits being a key driver in many European markets.

These high-rollers, that in markets like France and Sweden compared to the ICE counterparts see the highest comparative benefits, are likely to continue to sail on serenely into an alternative heavyweight green-future.


This is just a summary of the European Electric Car Sales Monthly Market Intelligence Report which is published on a monthly basis and are available here. *Western Europe 18 Markets: EU Member States prior to the 2004 enlargement plus EFTA markets Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, plus UK


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