For years, Fiat has been the leading brand in the European A-segment with the 500 and Panda. It can give a lot to talk about electric cars and plug-in hybrids if the Fiat 500e continues to gain ground. In April, which was the second-worst sales month in Europe in the last 30 years (April 2020 was the worst, you know why), the 500e was positioned as the best-selling electric with 5,593 units.
The utility vehicle from Stellantis took an advantage of 1,818 units over the second, Peugeot e-208 (3,775 units), from the same group. The Czech Skoda Enyaq iV (3,721 units) came in third place despite the March production stoppage, presumably delivering units produced before the war in Ukraine. Teslas do not come out in the top 20 sales because the good months are those at the end of the quarter, and April is the first month of the second.
If we look at the accumulated annual figure, the best-seller is still the Tesla Model 3 (33,639 units) and its tall counterpart, the Model Y (27,369 units), leaving the Fiat 500e with bronze and 19,392 units. Take a notable distance with the fourth, the Kia e-Niro, which has 16,325 units, and the fifth, the Volkswagen ID.4 (14,088 units). From this point on, the graph shows more homogeneous values.
In our country, the Fiat 500e is one of the cheapest electric models on the market, even though it is a bit of a “posh” utility vehicle, with two versions below 30,000 euros, Action and Red, both with 95 hp. power. The access versions of Renault Twingo Electric and smart EQ ForTwo are cheaper, and already lower in quality and functionality are the Dacia Spring Electric and the Invicta Electric D2S.
By brands, the best sellers in April were BMW (9.4%), Mercedes-Benz (8.9%), Tesla (8.4%), Kia (6.4%), and Volvo (6%), adding its plug-in hybrids. This segment, in particular, has fallen notably, by 14%, due to production problems. By groups, Volkswagen continues to lead (17.4%), followed by Stellantis (15.3%), Hyundai/Kia (11.8%), BMW Group (11.3%), and Mercedes-Benz Group (10,1%).
Regarding Tesla, the second quarter aims to be weak due to the closure of Shanghai for 20 days and the logistical pifostio that has been set up in the port due to the “COVID zero” policy. Tesla Carriers Map only lists four ships loaded with Teslas from China: Glovis Splendor, Theben, RCC Europe, and Horizon Leader. The first of them is already sailing near Greek waters and will land tomorrow in Koper (Slovenia). Giga Berlin continues to produce slowly.