Recent data posted by the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has revealed something extraordinary. While Tesla is facing challenges in China. The Model Y crossover and Model 3 sedan, the EV maker’s two best-selling vehicles, still dominate their respective segments in some countries overseas.
For example in December 2022, the Tesla Model Y was listed by SMMT as the UK’s #1 best selling vehicle, with 10,664 units sold.
The Model Y was followed by its sedan sibling, the Model 3, which was listed with sales of 5,704. It should be noted that the UK auto market was dominated by two Tesla electric cars in December.
The Nissan Qashqai followed the Model 3 in third place with 3,506 sales in December. It should be noted that the Qashqai is a far more affordable vehicle than both the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, which made the performance of the two all-electric vehicles in the UK auto market last month even more impressive.
The Model Y’s presence in the UK auto market was so remarkable that it actually made the list of the country’s best-selling vehicles for the entire year. In 2022, the Tesla Model Y sold a total of 35,551 units in the UK, making it the country’s third best-selling vehicle for the full year.
The Model Y was only beaten by the Vauxhall Corsa, which sold a total of 35,910 units, and the Nissan Qashqai, which sold a total of 42,704 vehicles in 2022. The speed of the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 has positively affected UK batteries.
SMMT notes that BEV sales are projected to grow by 40.1% in 2022, allowing battery-powered vehicles to gain 16.6% market share during the year. This compares favorably with 2021, when BEVs commanded 11.6% market share in the UK auto segment.