The Tesla Model 3 is officially the UK's favourite electric car

The Model 3 trumped the likes of the Volkswagen E-Up, Nissan Leaf and BMW I3

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The age of the EV is well and truly upon us, with mainstream manufacturers such as VW and Ford now competing with the early adopters such as Tesla. Unfortunately for them, however, it seems that Tesla still has them pipped when it comes to popularity.

A recent study by Nationwide Vehicle Contracts shows that when it comes to popularity, Tesla has all other brands stumped.

Utilising data of global electric vehicle sales from EVVolumes.com from the last three years, along with Google search volume data for electric and hybrid vehicles in 152 different countries, NWC were able to build up a picture of popularity across a number of different markets and brands.

In July of this year, EV sales were up 77% on the previous year despite the challenges we've faced in 2020, and sales of EVs throughout the year are expected to total an incredible 2.9 million units.

The data analysed shows that the Tesla Model 3 is the most sought-after EV across the world, with a 'shocking' (excuse the pun!) 1,852,356 monthly global searches.

With its range of 348 miles from a full charge, the Model 3 gives the balance between performance and range that EV owners are often looking for. Its rapid charge time of only 15 minutes for 172 when charged via a Supercharger is also a big part of its success.

The Model X took the third place spot in the survey, behind the Nissan Leaf

The Model X took the third place spot in the survey, behind the Nissan Leaf

Unsurprisingly, Tesla appears more than once in the report. In ranking the top 10 EVs globally, Tesla's Model X and Tesla Model S took the third and fourth spot respectively, behind the Nissan Leaf in second place.

What do you think - does the Model 3 deserve its top spot, or should another car have taken the crown in your view? Let me know below!

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Comments (13)

  • This is just because company car tax rules mean you can get on with 0% BIK. I’m even contemplating one for that very reason.

      9 months ago
    • That is why EVs in general. The question is about why the 3 specifically.

        9 months ago
    • Because if you are a traditional 3-series or C-class buyer it’s a massive mind shift to go electric but would be even more so to go to something too quirky like and I3 which makes you look like you’ve traded down in the company car park.

        9 months ago
  • I'm surprised that many people drive the i8

      9 months ago
  • The Tesla Model 3 is a great electric car and if your in the market for a fully electric car it’s probably one of the best options

      9 months ago
    • I bought one.... Model 3 Performance because it’s the only one in its class. I didn’t find any electric competition for it. Especially backed up by the charging network. I have no regrets coming from an M5 to the M3P.

        9 months ago
    • Same here. The Model 3 Performance just changed everything for me...like moving from my Nokia to my first iPhone.

        9 months ago
  • It does deserve this spot, shamefully. Terrible build quality. Horrible service. It is a shame that no other car maker makes an equivalent vehicle with better build quality.

      9 months ago
  • With its quality control issues and poor service record, Tesla 3 does not deserve top spot.

      9 months ago
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