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Published on April 21st, 2018 | by Jose Pontes


Record, Record, Record, Record — Huge Record Month For Electric Car Sales In France (March Electric Car Sales Report)

April 21st, 2018 by  

Record Month 

France registered a record 5,402 plug-in cars in March, up 41% year over year (YoY). With all plug-in drivetrains working together (fully electric cars +40%, plug-in hybrids +45%), the plug-in market was pulled up to 10,892 units in 2018, up 17% YoY.

This record month allowed the 2018 PEV share to jump to 2%, also above last year’s result.

Looking at the March best sellers, the Zoe (#24 in the mainstream market) scored its best result since it landed in 2012, with the Renault BEV scoring 2,245 deliveries. The runner-up Nissan LEAF also scoring a personal best, 719 deliveries.

Underlining the March Madness this market had, the third-place BMW i3 also scored a record result, 319 deliveries, and the #4 Tesla Model S had a best ever result (162 deliveries).

In short, all of the four top sellers in March had record numbers. Not bad, not bad at all…

1Renault Zoe2,245
2Nissan LEAF719
3BMW i3319
4Tesla Model S162
5Mercedes GLC350e133

In a market known for its stability, there was a lot to talk about. Two new nameplates joined the year-to-date top 20 last month. The Tesla Model S jumped all the way up to #11, while the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (127 units, a new record) reached #15.

Other models on the rise were the Mini Countryman PHEV and the Smart Fortwo ED, climbing one position each to #7 and #8, respectively.

Peugeot’s electric siblings had a positive month as well, with the iOn registering 98 units (its best so far this year) and the Partner Tepee EV earning 110 deliveries, the nameplate’s best result so far. It seems the French automaker discovered it is missing out from the hottest segment on the market (plug-ins, of course) and is throwing into the market whatever it has in the stable. Too bad what it has is a 600 9 year old badge-engineered mini car (iOn) and a van with windows (Partner Tepee EV) that could have its own sales niche if it wasn’t hampered by a small 22.5 kWh battery in a world where the direct competitors have 33 kWh (Renault Kangoo ZE) or even 40kWh (Nissan Evalia BEV) battery packs inside.

A 22.5 kWh battery in a van sounds soooo 2011…  

Below the top 20, there are a few notable mentions. The BMW 530e had a record result, with 56 registrations, while the Tesla Model X delivered 79 units, its second best result in France.

In the brand ranking, Renault (37%, up 4 percentage points) continues to be in the driver seat, followed at a distance by BMW and Nissan (both with 10%). Mercedes and Volvo then sit far below the podium, each with 5% share.

EV ModelMarchYTDEV Market Share
1Renault Zoe2,2454,03337%
2Nissan Leaf7191,07310%
3BMW i33196726%
4Volvo XC60 PHEV1023503%
5Mercedes GLC350e1333433%
6Kia Soul EV592682%
7Mini Countryman PHEV682482%
8Smart Fortwo ED772472%
9VW Passat GTE602432%
10Volvo XC90 PHEV1052352%
11Tesla Model S1622092%
12BMW 225xe Active Tourer502022%
13Peugeot iOn981952%
13Peugeot Partner Tepee EV1101952%
15Hyundai Ioniq Electric1271912%
16Porsche Panamera PHEV771772%
17Hyundai Ioniq PHEV791692%
18Mercedes C350e421521%
19BMW X5 xDrive40e451271%
20Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV831261%

Source: Avere France 


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About the Author

Always interested in the auto industry, particularly in electric cars, Jose has been overviewing the sales evolution of plug-ins through the EV Sales blog since 2012, allowing him to gain an expert view on where EVs are right now and where they are headed in the future. The EV Sales blog has become a go-to source for people interested in electric car sales around the world. Extending that work and expertise, Jose is now a partner in EV-Volumes and works with the European Alternative Fuels Observatory on EV sales matters.

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