Mobility Portal, Spain
Date: October 6, 2023
Inés Platini
By Inés Platini

What countries led electric vehicle sales in September?

During the ninth month of the year, France, Norway, and the Netherlands recorded an increase in electric vehicle sales, while others experienced a decline. Below are the details compiled by Mobility Portal Europe.
The Tesla Model Y was one of the most preferred electric vehicles among Norwegians.
The Tesla Model Y was one of the most preferred electric vehicles among Norwegians.

Electric vehicles take a dominant position in European new car market in September.

Countries like Norway and France show significant increases in their sales.

In some countries the combined deliveries of 100% eVehicles, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids outperform petrol and diesel models.

However, several markets like Germany experience declines in registrations.

This indicates that while the recovery is underway, it is starting to slow down.

Below, Mobility Portal Europe provides a survey with electric vehicle registration data in some European countries for the last month.

Czech Republic

According to figures published by the UK-based nonprofit organization New AutoMotive, the electric car market share in the Czech Republic reach 3% in September with 581 units, totaling 4,628 for the year, doubling compared to the same period in 2022.

Hybrid vehicles already number 4,059, with 416 units belonging to the ninth month.

Škoda Enyaq, Czech brand's purely electric model.
Škoda Enyaq, Czech brand’s purely electric model.

According to Ben Nelmes, CEO of New AutoMotive, “it’s not a large part of the market, but it’s growing.”

Currently, the Czech automotive market is dominated by the local brand Škoda.

Among its purely electric models, the Škoda Enyaq stands out, with a range of 517 to 544 kilometers, depending on the model.


In France, 19.8% of registrations are for electric vehicles in September.

This means that one in five car sales is electric.

The French market accumulates 30,627 zero-emission units in the last month and already registers 208,146 in the year to date.

Meanwhile, hybrids take the lead with 39,322 units sold in the past month and 309,804 in the year to date.

Plug-in hybrids rank third in electrified vehicles with 15,748 sales in September and 116,121 in 2023.


Electric vehicle sales in Germany experience another drop, following the end of Government subsidies in August.

According to data from the Federal Motor Transport Authority KBA, EV sales in September show a decline of 28.6%.

In comparison to August, where 86,649 registrations were recorded, in the last month, this number has felt to just under 32,000.

Reinhard Zirpel, President of VDIK.

In addition to battery electric vehicles (BEV), only 15,383 plug-in hybrids are registered, a 45.6% decrease compared to the same month last year.

It should be noted that plug-in hybrids (PHEV) have not been eligible for environmental bonuses since the beginning of the year.

Reinhard Zirpel, President of the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK), state: “EVs are also no longer growing as dynamically overall as in previous years and are therefore making less of a contribution to the market recovery.”


In Italy, pure electric vehicles represent 3% of the market share, similar to the situation in the Czech Republic.

While hybrids account for 44%.


September was a great month for EV sales in the Netherlands, accounting for 35% of the market share.

Meanwhile, hybrids achieve a 38% share, and gasoline-powered cars account for only 25%.


Tesla Model Y.
Tesla Model Y.

In September, Norway add 9,000 electric vehicles, 250 fewer than in August.

Pure electric cars represent 87% of new registrations, with the Tesla Model Y taking the top spot.

This car has a range of 514 kilometers and a maximum power of 353 kW (480 hp).

Plug-in hybrids total 617 sales in September, meaning that in the past month, 93% of all new cars had charging capability.

PHEVs decrease slightly compared to the previous month (6.5%), although on a year-on-year comparison with September 2022, new PHEV registrations fell significantly, by 63.1%.

United Kingdom

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the BEV market share slightly decrease to 16.6% from the 16.9% of a year ago.

Meanwhile, plug-in hybrid vehicles increase by 50.9%, reaching a market share of 6.8%.

Electric hybrid cars also rise by 30.7%, representing 13.9% of all registrations.

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