The French plug-in electric passenger car market scored 2,833 registrations in April, up 34% year over year (YoY), with plug-in hybrids continuing to grow faster than all-electrics (PHEVs +46%, BEVs +28%). Altogether, that pulled the market up by 20% in 2018, to 13,725 plug-in car registrations in the first trimester of the year.
The 2018 PEV share dropped slightly (-0.2%), to 1.8%, with BEVs alone having 1.2% share.
Looking at April’s best sellers, the Zoe (+2% YoY) collected another win, while the runner-up Nissan LEAF scored 375 deliveries, up 98% compared to the same period last year.
A new face shows up on the monthly top 5, though, with the hot selling Porsche Panamera PHEV collecting its first top 5 presence, thanks to 90 deliveries, a new year best.
|5||Porsche Panamera PHEV||90|
In a market known for its stability, the Mercedes GLC350e climbed one position to #4, with the 2018 top 4 now replicating last month’s ranking.
Other models on the rise were the Smart Fortwo ED and VW Passat GTE, both climbing one position to #7 and #8, respectively, while the Porsche Panamera PHEV leaped six positions into #10. With the #8 position not that far away, we could even see Porsche’s sports sedan climb a few more positions in the near future.
The forever-young Peugeot iOn scored 59 registrations last month (+16% YoY), allowing it to climb two positions, to #11, while the BMW X5 PHEV (69 registrations) had its best result in almost two years, allowing it to rise one position, to #18. And the Citroen C-Zero joined the top 20, now putting 10 BEVs into the top 20.
Below the top 20, there is a significant landing this month, with the Jaguar i-PACE registering its first 20 units, which means it beat the Tesla Model X’s score last month (16 deliveries) — a particular race that we will be following closely.
In the brand ranking, Renault (36%, down 1 percentage point) continues in the driver’s seat, as it has for years, followed at a distance by BMW and Nissan (both with 11%). Volvo is in the #4 spot with 6% share (up 1 percentage point), but is still far from the podium positions.
|France||April||YTD||PEV Market Share|
|5||Volvo XC60 PHEV||56||406||3%|
|6||Kia Soul EV||70||338||2%|
|7||Smart Fortwo ED||69||316||2%|
|8||VW Passat GTE||40||283||2%|
|9||Volvo XC90 PHEV||40||275||2%|
|10||Porsche Panamera PHEV||90||267||2%|
|12||Mini Countryman PHEV||5||253||2%|
|13||Hyundai Ioniq Electric||53||244||2%|
|14||BMW 225xe Active Tourer||40||242||2%|
|15||Hyundai Ioniq PHEV||66||235||2%|
|16||Tesla Model S||23||232||2%|
|17||Peugeot Partner Tepee EV||15||210||2%|
|18||BMW X5 xDrive40e||69||196||1%|
|19||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||46||172||1%|
|Source: Avere France|
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