Most Searched-For EVs In UK Revealed
by Becky Harrison |
posted 16 October 2020
Recent research from Nationwide Vehicle Contract has revealed Tesla’s Model 3 to be the world’s most popular electric car. Nationwide analysed Google search volume data for 126 different car makes and models, of which 74 were electric vehicles and 72 were hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Supercar models made up 44 of the total number of cars.
This data revealed that the Model 3 was the most desired electric car model, with 1,852,356 global monthly searches. The second most popular electric vehicle by this search criteria was the Nissan Leaf.
What about hybrids? Well, the Nationwide data revealed that the powerful plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius is the most searched for hybrid vehicle, with over 353,755 monthly searches. Coming in second was the Hyundai IONIQ, which achieved 184,064 searches per month. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV took third place with 71,128 monthly searches across the globe. When it comes to supercars, Nationwide’s research showed that the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 was the most popular supercar, receiving a whopping 828,154 searches per month!
When looking at worldwide EV sales data from the website EVvolumes.com, the Nationwide research found that Europe is the biggest worldwide continental for EV sales, accounting for 414,000 of the total number of sales made within the first half of the year. The impact of COVID-19 on vehicle markets was most severe in Europe, but despite this, EV sales grew by 57% compared to the previous year.
For the first time since 2015, more EVs were sold in Europe than in China, who comes in second with 385,000 sales. China's decline of EV sales began in July 2019 and continued through H1 of 2020, amplified by the market slump as a result of COVID-19. China was followed by the United States with 111,000. Japan accounted for just 14,000 sales, with the remaining 64,000 coming from other areas of the world.