The Tesla Model Y has been available in the UK for over a year, and it continues to be an extremely popular choice among consumers. The electric SUV was the best selling car, electric or otherwise, in the UK in March, and the fourth best selling car in the region in the first three months of the year.
According to new data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Wednesday, March was the biggest month ever for battery electric vehicle (BEV) adoption, with 46,626 new registrations, giving BEVs a 16.2% market share in the UK.
Leading the way was the Tesla Model Y, accumulating 8,123 registrations last month. That was enough to make it not only the best selling BEV (and only BEV in the top 10), but also the best selling car. The electric SUV outpaced the gas-powered Nissan Juke, which took second place with 7,532 registrations during the month, followed by the Nissan Qashqai (6,755) and Kia Sportage (5,888).
For the first three months of the year, the Model Y sits close to the top of the overall sales rankings in fourth place with 9,953 registrations. That is only 1,120 units behind the sales leader, the Nissan Qashqai with 11,073 registrations in Q1 2023.
This is not the first time the Model Y has been the best selling car in the UK. Deliveries of the Model Y started in the region in mid-February 2022, and by March, the first full month it was available, it was already sitting at #1. That trend continued for much of 2022, with the Model Y ending the year as the fourth best selling car.