Tesla was able to deliver 201,250 vehicles around the world in Q2 2021, an all-time record for the automaker. The strong results were thanks in part to sales in the United Kingdom, where in June the Model 3 was the best-selling car, gas or otherwise.
According to data from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), there were 5,468 new Model 3 owners in the United Kingdom (UK) in June. The next closest competitor wasn’t even that close, as the internal combustion engine (ICE) Volkswagen Golf sold 839 fewer units in the same time period.
The impressive results were not enough to push the Model 3 into the list of the top 10 selling cars in the UK in 2021.
In June, overall new car registrations in the UK grew by 28% compared to the same month last year. The growth was driven by battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid electric vehicles, which grew by 100% with 48,131 registrations. That compares to petrol and diesel registrations, which dropped 1.7% and 34.7% respectively.
The rising popularity of the Model 3 is part of the region’s shift to electrification and net-zero mandate. The UK government is targeting 2030 to ban all sales of new diesel and gas vehicles as part of their goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.