According to market tracker EU-EVs on Sunday, Kia sold a total of 6,018 electric cars during the period January-November this year, and became the second best-selling electric car brand with a market share of 12.7 percent.
At the top of the list was Volkswagen, which sold 9,296 vehicles with a market share of 19.6 percent. During the same period, Tesla sold 5,666 electric cars, which claimed a market share of 11.9 percent.
Until October, Kia had been behind Tesla, but their electric car sales last month helped them rise.
In November, Kia sold 776 electric cars, while Tesla sold 299 units.
Kia’s first all-electric EV6 and Niro hybrid boosted sales and sold 355 and 365 units respectively.
Sweden is one of the leading markets for electric cars in Europe. According to data compiled by the European Commission, electric cars accounted for 15.9 percent of all car sales in Sweden, the third highest share after Norway’s 59.7 percent and Iceland’s 27.9 percent.
Expectations are also high for the upcoming all-electric Niro, which will make its debut in Europe in the third quarter of next year.
Kia has recently unveiled the all-new Niro EV at a world premiere at the Seoul Mobility Show on November 25.
“It is an encouraging result that we have passed Tesla in Sweden, one of the environmentally advanced markets in Europe. We plan to increase sales in other key markets such as Germany, the UK and Norway, says a Kia official.
By Hong Yoo ([email protected])