FRANKFURT -- Tesla was the biggest winner in Germany last month as electric cars continued to gain market share in Europe's largest vehicle market.
Tesla's new-car sales grew 234 percent as the wider German market plunged 32 percent to 198,258 registrations, according to data from the KBA motor authority.
Production bottlenecks caused by the global shortage of microchips continues to hit supply to dealerships.
"We have never experienced a situation like this before. Customers want to buy cars, but some of the manufacturers can't deliver," said Reinhard Zirpel, president of the VDIK importers association in a statement.
Tesla's market share in November at 2.8 percent was higher than Toyota's 2.6 percent share. Tesla's new-car sales of 5,633 outpaced Porsche's new-car sales, which fell 11 percent to 2,460.
Tesla's new factory near Berlin to scheduled to start production in December, reducing the automaker's reliance on imports from its U.S. and China plants.
The new Volvo-affiliated brand Polestar also benefitted from Germany's boom in full-electric vehicles as its registrations rose 105 percent to 234 cars.
Overall sales of full-electric cars rose 39 percent to 40,270 units, giving battery-powered cars a 20.3 percent market share. Plug-in-hybrid registrations fell 8.9 percent, resulting in a 14.1 percent share.
Diesel sales declined 56 percent for a 15.8 percent share, while gasoline vehicles fell 44 percent to give the drivetrain a 33.3 percent share.
Sales to business customers dropped by 31 percent, while private demand fell 33 percent.