The car market in Italy continues to grow for the second month in a row. Unfortunately, the ICE car market continued to actively develop in September. At the same time, the share of plug-in hybrids has declined, while the share of battery-electric vehicles has continued to grow.
Italians are still obsessed with polluting cars, without electric vehicles in the top 10 best-selling cars in September. Even though Italy’s transition to electric vehicles has been very slow, thousands of citizens still choose to use electric cars as their daily means of transportation. In September, 4.5% of all sales came from BEV.
The Tesla Model Y is the leader in the EV market with 968 units sold. In the second quarter, Tesla experienced an unplanned production shutdown at the Shanghai Giga, which is its export hub. The COVID-19 lockdown closed factories for three weeks, followed by a recovery period, but supplies to various countries continued to weaken.
At the start of the third quarter, Tesla carried out a capacity increase at its plant in China, which also slowed production. However, after all the delays, the company continued to increase sales worldwide and for the first time in recent months achieved strong results in Italy.
In second place on the list of best-selling electric vehicles, far behind the Model Y is the Fiat 500E with 470 registrations. In third place is the Smart Fortwo with 308 sales. The Tesla Model 3 also made the list, in fourth place with 238 units.
Closing the top 5 was the Renault Twingo with 233 sales. The Tesla brand took the lead in September, taking up 23.7% of the EV market share.
Tesla’s German plant continues to increase production, which will help boost sales in Europe. Giga Berlin is expected to reach a production capacity of 5,000 Model Y per week by the end of 2022/early 2023. This will help the manufacturer supply more vehicles to Italy and contribute to the further development of the EV market there.
The Tesla Model Y is an electric compact crossover manufactured by Tesla Inc that was launched in March 2019. Tesla began production at its Fremont plant in January 2020, and began deliveries on March 13, 2020.
The Model Y is based on the Model 3 sedan platform, which includes a similar interior and exterior design and an electric powertrain. The Model Y offers optional third-row seats for a seating capacity of seven passengers.
The Model Y fills the smaller segment and is cheaper than the mid-sized Tesla Model X. There are four powertrain configurations planned for the Model Y: Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD), Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive, Long Range with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive (AWD), and Performance (with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive).