Tesla's Model 3 Fuels Huge UK EV Sales Growth

By Gary Cutlack on at

The arrival of Tesla's Model 3 in the UK has caused quite a stir in pure electric car world, with sales of battery-only vehicles rising by a staggering 377 per cent year-on-year for the month of August thanks to Elon's globally hyped new motor.

The Model 3's UK launch helped the battery-electric sector take 3.4 per cent of the entire car sales market for the month, quite an increase from the 0.7 per cent share the BEV cars took in August of 2018. The massive pent-up demand for the Model 3 helped, of course, making the smaller Tesla car the third biggest seller of the month – behind only the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Golf.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders hasn't yet given Tesla its own category for some reason, so it's categorised on the August numbers as an Other. Sales of diesels are still in freefall too, with 12 per cent fewer sold in August of 2019 than the same month of 2018. Meanwhile, 80 people treated themselves to a brand new Ssangyong, and Lotus sold 19 cars. [SMMT via Guardian]