Chrysler parent company Stellantis may not be sold on the idea of EVs themselves, but they sure can sell everyone else on it!
Between Tesla’s pandemic shutdowns and the slow ramp of its new Berlin plant, the EV maker had a slowdown in EV sales in Europe. This allowed Stellantis to overtake Tesla in sales within the first half of 2022, outselling them and coming in just behind Volkswagen Group.
In the year’s first half, Stellantis sold 105,413 fully electric cars in Europe, not far behind Volkswagen Group’s 116,307. Meanwhile, Tesla sold only 78,277 vehicles. These figures include registrations in the entire European Union plus the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway; data from Finland, Portugal, and Sweden were not available.
The best-selling EV from Stellantis in Europe was the Fiat New 500, which also carries the honor of being the best-selling fully electric car in Western Europe, Italy, and Germany in the second quarter. The best-selling EV in France during the same period was another Stellantis offering, the Peugeot e-208 subcompact hatchback.
According to European automotive market analyst Matthias Schmidt, Tesla will most likely come back in a big way in the third quarter as production in Berlin increases and semiconductor supply issues improve.
Although Tesla saw its European quarterly volumes fall to their lowest levels in two years, it still had two models that snagged the first two spots in Europe in the first half. The Model Y led with 39,969 sales, followed by Model 3 with 38,280. The Fiat New 500 sold a total of 32,315 and the Peugeot e-208 sold 21,918. Volkswagen Group’s best-selling EV, the Skoda Enyaq iV, came in fifth, with 19,951 sales.
SOURCE | IMAGES: STELLANTIS, VIA INSIDE EVs.