Tesla’s Model 3 was the best-selling car in Britain last month, the first time in history an electric vehicle has ever topped the country’s new car sales chart. The second best-seller for the month was another EV, Jaguar’s I-Pace—and Nissan’s Leaf also earned a place in the top 10. In total, electric vehicles comprised almost one-third of total new car sales in Britain in April 2020. And yet, the unprecedented increase in electric vehicle market share is not quite as game-changing as it seems.
Tesla‘s success has come in a month when overall new vehicle sales in Britain crashed a staggering 97 percent as the country went into Covid-19 lockdown. Tesla sold 658 Model 3s, Jaguar 367 I-Paces, and Nissan just 72 Leafs to earn their places among the country’s top 10 sellers. Elsewhere, Tesla is still delivering cars throughout the health crisis, albeit with modified delivery methods.