Tesla continues to go from strength to strength, particularly with its Model 3 and Model Y nameplates.
In a particularly whirlwind news cycle for the former, the Model 3 has been confirmed as Europe’s best-selling new vehicle for the month of September; a first for the nameplate and the brand, and surely the first time in a very long time (if ever) that an American car has claimed the crown.
It’s also the first time an EV has claimed the best-seller gong in the region, too.
According to the Guardian, 24,600 Model 3s were registered across Europe last month, giving the EV a 2.6 per cent market share. The successful figures echo what we also witnessed in New Zealand last month, with the Model 3 ending September second only to the Ford Ranger in local registrations.
The rest of Europe’s top 10 best-sellers list looks very, very different to New Zealand’s shortlist. Behind the Model 3, the Renault Clio was second ahead of the Dacia Sandero, Volkswagen Golf, Fiat 500, Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, Peugeot 2008, Hyundai Tucson, Peugeot 208, and Renault Captur.
Yup, only three SUVs present and not a ute to be seen.
Along with its rousing numbers from Europe, the Model 3 is also at the centre of a massive story concerning formerly embattled rental car company Hertz. It has confirmed that it has ordered 100,000 Model 3s for its American rental fleet.
The firm plans to build the largest electric vehicle rental fleet in the United States, at a cost of around US$4billion. This despite Hertz filing for bankruptcy just last year. The first of Hertz’ bulk order are set to be delivered in 2022.