Electric cars with best availability in Europe

Electric cars with best availability in Europe
Renault ZOE and Hyundai Kona Electric

It’s a known fact that most automakers still use electric cars as halo vehicles, just to show off their green credentials and lure car buyers into showrooms, without a real intention of selling them in high numbers.

Legacy automakers tend to build decent electric cars, but then undermine them with high prices and/or poor availability.

Since only Tesla is doing direct sales, a good way to know if an automaker is somewhat interested in selling electric cars is to check how many units are available at dealerships.

 

It’s no secret that the Renault ZOE is one of the electric cars with the lowest average delivery time (less than 3 months) in Europe and this is decisive to its sales success (nowadays usually around 10.000 monthly units).

Hyundai is also determined to become the biggest supplier of electric cars in Europe and availability of the Kona Electric vastly improved since its production started in Czech Republic.

 

Below I compiled a list with the number of new units available for each model at Autoscout24Β (Europe’s biggest online vehicle marketplace).

 

  1. Hyundai Kona Electric: 1.542
  2. Renault ZOE: 919
  3. Audi e-tron: 414
  4. Kia e-Niro: 356
  5. Volkswagen ID.3: 330
  6. Opel Corsa-e: 299
  7. Mazda MX-30: 281
  8. Hyundai IONIQ Electric: 252
  9. Nissan LEAF: 231
  10. Porsche Taycan: 222
  11. BMW i3: 201
  12. FIAT 500: 171
  13. Kia e-Soul: 142
  14. Renault Twingo ZE: 132
  15. Honda e: 130
  16. Ε KODA CITIGO e iV: 124
  17. Peugeot e-208: 122
  18. Smart EQ ForTwo: 116
  19. Peugeot e-2008: 103
  20. SEAT Mii Electric: 93
  21. Mercedes-Benz EQC 400: 56
  22. Smart EQ ForFour: 41
  23. Volkswagen e-up: 33
  24. DS 3 CROSSBACK E-Tense: 30
  25. MINI Cooper SE: 20
  26. MG ZS EV: 11

 

This list shows us how depressing poor the availability is for most electric cars in Europe.

However, some models of this list are newcomers and I expect that availability will gradually improve over the coming months.

Moreover, next year automakers will be forced to sell more electric cars in Europe to comply with EU emissions regulations and avoid hefty fines.

 

 

More info:

https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&fuel=E&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&powerfrom=60&powertype=kw&atype=C&

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.
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Marcel
Marcel
5 days ago

Only partially related: Apparently VW has delayed deliveries of the ID.4 to the US because they need to sell them in Europe during 2020 in order to lower their fines.

My personal anecdote is that I know Ioniq BEVs were hard to get in Canada when they first came out (12 months wait time) but I drove past a Hyundai dealer last week and they had at least 6 Kona BEVs on their lot, so it looks like Hyundai at least is more serious about EVs. I haven’t seen any Canadian EV sales data for a couple of years though.

I’m surprised to see MG so far down the list there, but maybe it’s a result of their cars arriving in batches like the Model 3.

Pedro Lima
Pedro Lima
5 days ago
Reply to  Marcel

Maybe Volkswagen should have increased production and kept selling the triplets…

Yes, I would say that Renault and Hyundai are the legacy automakers most serious about electric cars. Volkswagen is now busy mimicking Tesla and still figuring out software development…

yoyo
yoyo
5 days ago
Reply to  Marcel

I believe MG is just now this year and next expanding to more and more of the EU so those low numbers should be expected…
Their sales were previously mostly limited to the UK..
I know they are new to the Norwegian market this year and are selling 400 or 500 a month already…
This is where legacy automakers are truly messing up by giving the Chinese companies an in with BEVs when they sell them in limited quantites and are generally overpriced…
BYD might not do as well as MG when they arrive since they seem to want to postion them selves as upmarket (upmarket buyers care about name and emblem on the front) with their dynasty series instead of declaring war and coming in with tons of their much cheaper e series in large quantity…

Marcel
Marcel
5 days ago
Reply to  yoyo

I agree they’re messing up wrt the Chinese Bev makers.

And yes, if BYD really wanted to declare war they would go in with the D1.
I suspect BYD could sell huge amounts of the D1 to most places across the world for taxi/uber/grab service, if the price is low enough.
Even so, the Han should do well in Europe. Maybe they’re trying to use a higher profit model to make a bridgehead and establish some trust with European consumers first.

carlos
carlos
5 days ago

Bought my e-Niro in August and had it delivered after 3 weeks. Things are getting better, and the e-Niro is a great, great car

Pedro Lima
Pedro Lima
5 days ago
Reply to  carlos

Great choice, Korean automakers build great electric cars.

Marcel
Marcel
5 days ago
Reply to  carlos

Congrats! The e-niro does seem like a great car. It was at the top of my list for 2022, but might be supplanted by the ID.4, which looks like it might have the same price as the e-niro but for the 77kwh version.

carlos
carlos
5 days ago
Reply to  Marcel

I wouldn’t get my hopes up. My guess (but just a guess) is that the ID4 with 77 kWh battery and equipment on par with the e-Niro will be at least 6000 euros more expensive. I believe the 77 kWh ID3 is already more expensive than the e-Niro with comparable equipment

Marcel
Marcel
4 days ago
Reply to  carlos

Haha, maybe, but I’m going to keep my hopes up anyway. πŸ™‚

One thing to note about the e-Niro in Canada is that they only sell two versions: the stripped down EX at $44,995 (so it’s eligible for a $5000 federal government rebate that only applies to EVs under $45,000), and the fully equipped SX touring for $54,495. (not including HST tax, which is like VAT) The EX is missing the heat pump, battery heater (no battery heater in Canada!?!?) heated seats, power seats, LED headlights, and all the driver assistance systems, to name a few things. As well, I’m not sure if the EX is actually available, much like the range restricted Model 3 for $45,000 CAD that makes it eligible for the federal rebate.

I don’t need a fully equipped car, but a battery heater is probably a required component, and heated seats make a big difference here.

So I’m guessing the Canadian price for the ID.4, using a comparison of Euro prices and US prices. And knowing that the base model (Pro) of the ID.4 will be $39,995 US, and will come fairly well equipped. Unfortunately, that model isn’t listed on ev-database.org so I went with Pro Performance.

Vehicle : US price : German price : CAD price
VW e-Golf : $32,790 : €31,900 : ~$40,000
VW ID.3 Pro S: N/A : €40,936 : N/A
VW ID.4 Pro Perf: ??? : €43,329 : ???
Ford Mach-e SR RWD base*: $43,500 : €46,900 : $51,000
Nissan LEAF+ SL* : $43,900 : €37,237 : $52,898
Model 3 SR+: $38,000 : €46,380 : $53,000

*not sure of Euro trim level on ev-database.org

My reasoning is that if the Mach-e and Leaf+ SL are just under $44,000 US, and are $51,000 to $53,000 in Canada, and if VW can sell the ID.4 Pro (82kwh) in the US for $40,000, then it could probably sell the ID.4 Pro for under $55,000 CAD in Canada. This is the same price as the e-Niro here. (This would also account somewhat for import duties as both the Mach-e and teh LEAF are made in the US and are duty free in Canada.)

The conversion for the e-Golf from Euros to CAD is ~25%, so adding 25% to the ID.4 Pro Performance = $54,161.

If it turns out the ID.4 is too far over that price in Canada, then I’ll probably just get the e-Niro instead. πŸ™‚

Or the Nissan Ariya. Many good choices now showing up.

Freddy
Freddy
4 days ago

VW seems to have huge battery constraints on the triplets… is the only reqason for me for them to have presented a car at affordable price, but no production possible when production lines for these models should be much higher (they had big production volumes as ICE).. Yet they will incurr in fines. Bad, bad planning for them…. All other legacy manufacturers seem to be adjusting productions to the EU requirements as to incur in minimum (if any losses)….example PSA which always said bad things of BEV but now has a big portfolio of cars (ds3, 208, 2008, e-corsa, e-mokka, citroen e-c4, and the vans…)

Pedro Lima
Pedro Lima
4 days ago
Reply to  Freddy

That’s the problem with pouch battery cells, they aren’t standardized yet. If Volkswagen kept using VDA PHEV2 format prismatic cells they could easily use multiple suppliers and avoid battery constraints.

Marcel
Marcel
4 days ago
Reply to  Freddy

yeah, it is baffling that in a year when ICE sales are down massively and the triplets should’ve been available VW is still taking on emissions fines.

It’s also been reported that they’re holding back ID.4s from the US to sell them in Europe and lower their fines.

Freddy
Freddy
4 days ago
Reply to  Marcel

But have they sold any ID4 already?! We are already in December (ok few days stilll)…

Rok
Rok
3 days ago

List should change next year quite dramatically (towards more availability). Renault Twingo ZE is being sold in Slovenia for as low as 11.500€ (after 6k subsidy) with included 10.000km of free charging and at this price they should be selling it like crazy.

Pedro Lima
Pedro Lima
3 days ago
Reply to  Rok

That’s nice, but I think that only the more expensive Intens trim-level is worth it, especially because of the heated seats (to save energy in the winter). Life and Zen are too basic.

dipole
dipole
2 days ago

I’m near the end of a 40 week wait for a Peugeot e208.
The petrol version of the same car is available in under 12 weeks.

The Corsa has similar wait times.

The Zoe is about the only car that is freely available in EU with a short lead time.
No other car comes close and it was so even when I ordered it over 2 years ago. It had been built to my specification and arrived in the dealer a few weeks before I was due to take delivery.
I’d guess the twingo will be widely available since the motor is basically the same and the battery pack is small so doesn’t require too many cells.

AutoScout24 is not a reliable indicator of free availability as dealers can advertise cars they don’t actually hold in stock or are in another branch elsewhere within their network.

R_S
R_S
22 hours ago

I don’t know if raw Autoscout24 numbers without any context are the best indicators on how much a car company wants to sell a vehicle. Here are a few examples of cars that the carmakers definately want to sell, with the amount of new vehicles on Autoscout24, vs some of their EV offers:

Sure there are some very negative examples, where there just isn’t enough production capacity to satisfy demand, but some aren’t as bad, if you look at comparable vehicles of the same brand.
Audi:

Audi eTron: 762
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/audi/e-tron?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Audi Q7: 107
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/audi/q7?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&powerfrom=10&powertype=kw&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Audi Q5: 846
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/audi/q5?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Hyundai:

Hyundai Kona EV: 1718
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/hyundai/kona?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&fuel=E&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Hyundai Kona ICE: 1326
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/hyundai/kona?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&fuel=B&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Porsche:

Porsche Taycan: 233
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/porsche/taycan?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&fuel=E&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Porsche Panamera: 175
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/porsche/panamera?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Porsche Macan: 228
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/porsche/macan?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Nissan:

Nissan Leaf: 325
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/nissan/leaf?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&fuel=E&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Nissan Micra: 410
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/nissan/micra?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&powerfrom=10&powertype=kw&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Jaguar:

Jaguar I-Pace: 441
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/jaguar?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&powerfrom=10&powertype=kw&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Jaguar E-Pace: 631
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/jaguar/e-pace?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&powerfrom=10&powertype=kw&kmto=2500&atype=C&

Jaguar F-Pace: 341
https://www.autoscout24.com/lst/jaguar/f-pace?sort=price&desc=0&offer=N&ustate=N%2CU&size=20&page=1&powerfrom=10&powertype=kw&kmto=2500&atype=C&