Tesla Model 3: the 3rd best selling car of Netherlands for the first half of 2019.

The first half of 2019: Tesla Model 3 rises as Netherlands’ 3rd best selling car and the best selling EV

Tesla Model 3 emerges as the 3rd best selling car of the Netherlands for the first half of 2019 among electric vehicles and internal combustions engine cars — Model 3 hits the top spot as the #1 best selling electric-car of the country by a huge margin.

According to the car sales stats of Jan – Jun 2019 published by Bovag.nl and the RAI Association, Tesla sold 6,063 Model 3 units in the Netherlands which is just behind Ford Focus (6,443 units) and VW Polo (6,607 units).

Among EVs, Tesla Model 3 hits the top spot with 6,603 units sold with Hyundai Kona Electric securing the 2nd spot with 2,363 units and Kia e-Niro selling 1,789 units for the 3rd position — Model 3 sales figures are more than double of the Kona E which is the 2nd best selling EV in the Netherlands.

2,487 Tesla Model 3 units were sold in the month of June alone, that is more than double the numbers of any competitors mentioned above, let’s go over some June 2019 vs. 2018 and first-half 2019 vs. 2018 Netherlands car sales data to estimate the impact of the Tesla Model 3 disruption in the country — the important thing to remember here is that the first ever Model 3 shipment arrived in Europe only in Feb earlier this year, so at least 1.5 months of 2019 the Tesla Model 3 was not available for sale.

Tesla Model 3 vs. competition: Netherlands' car sales figures for June 2019 vs. 2018 and first half of 2019 vs. 2018

CarsTypeJune 2019First Half 2019June 2018First Half 2018
Tesla Model 3BEV2,4876,063Not LaunchedNot Launched
Opel KarlICE1,2794,6741,3366,052
Toyota AygoICE9454,2359934,348
Ford FocusICE9296,4435973.802
Volkswagen PoloICE8926,6071,4488,560
Hyundai Kona*BEV5222,3632331,160
Nissan LeafBEV1751,5382511,239

*  Although the first half of 2019 Hyundai Kona figures are for the BEV variant, the other figures might include the non-EV version as Bovag.nl seems to have merged the sales data in their datasheet.

** Mobile users swipe/scroll left-right to view data or rotate the phone horizontally for a better view, AMP users can load non-AMP version here.

In June 2019 the closest competitor i.e. the Opel Karl has almost half of the Tesla Model 3 sales in the Netherlands, that speaks volumes about the kind of role the Model 3 is playing in the automotive disruption in the country and entire Europe.

The only ICE car gaining popularity in the country is Ford Focus but the Model 3 has started taking away the crown from it as the current month data suggests, next half the year will surely be Tesla Mode 3’s win by a large margin, not just by a few hundred units.

Graph: Netherlands' EV Registrations by brand till 06 July 2019.
Graph: Netherlands' EV Registrations by brand till 06 July 2019. Source: EU-EVs.com

The graph above shows the rise of Tesla as the leading electric vehicle manufacturer in the country, the graph showing Toyota as the most EVs registered is due to the fact that it includes the Hybrid vehicles as EVs but in reality that should be ignored as ‘there is no such thing as a self-charging hybrid’.

In the era of Tesla and pure electric vehicles counting Hybrids as EVs is not acceptable anymore but for the sake of data let’s give Toyota a chance for now.

According to Bovag.nl and RAI Association data, the sales of electric cars for the first half of 2019 has doubled compared to the same time period last year (read the full report) — this clearly indicates the Tesla Model 3 has played a vital role in this positive change, what you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Iqtidar Ali
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Iqtidar Ali reports on the latest happenings at Tesla and Electric Vehicle forefront. With over 1 decade of experience in website development, he's our IT resource as well.

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