The Tesla Model 3 continues to sweep after becoming the best-selling car in Europe. According to data provided by Jato Dynamics, the company led by Elon Musk sold 24,591 units of the Model 3 during September, displacing from the top compact models that regularly dominated the market.
This is the first time, moreover, that an electric car occupies the top sales position on the European continent. But the achievements do not end there, as the Tesla Model 3 also became the best-selling vehicle manufactured outside Europe in the region – in a period of one month.
In second place we find the Renault Clio, with 18,264 units sold, followed by the Dacia Sendero with 17,988. Thus, the gap with the Tesla Model 3 is quite wide.
- Tesla Model – 3 24,591
- Renault Clio – 18,264
- Dacia Sendero – 17,988
- Volkswagen Golf – 17,507
- Fiat 500 – 16,349
- Opel Corsa – 15,502
- Peugeot 2008 – 14,931
- Hyundai Tucson – 14,088
- Peugeot 208 – 13,895
- Renault Captur – 13,715
Tesla dodges component shortages
Of course, the crisis generated by component shortages might have slightly “helped” the Tesla Model 3 to achieve such an accomplishment. While the rest of the manufacturers are having serious problems producing the vehicles demanded by the market, Tesla has been able to circumvent part of the problem by resorting to alternative hardware and making modifications to the software.
“We were able to use alternative chips and rewrite the firmware in a matter of weeks. It’s not just about changing a chip; you also have to rewrite the software,” Elon Musk mentioned last July. The manufacturer is known to have up to 19 firmware variations to withstand the crisis.
Despite the above, it is still relevant that the European market continues to adopt electric vehicles at a good pace. This has also been possible thanks to the advantages granted by governments when acquiring 100% electrified or hybrid cars.
Beyond the extraordinary numbers of the Tesla Model 3 in Europe, the company is going through a more than positive moment. The previous week, during the financial report for the third quarter of 2021, Tesla broke records again. They grossed $1.62 billion net, making it the second time they have surpassed the $1 billion threshold. They had previously reported the delivery of 241,300 cars and the production of 237,823 in the same period.