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Volvo Plug-In Vehicles Shine In France, Renault Zoe Still Queen (#CleanTechnica Report)

The French plug-in electric car market registered 4,667 units in June, up 13% year over year (YoY), with all-electric models growing slightly faster than plug-in hybrids (BEVs +14%, PHEVs +12%), something that hadn’t been happening lately.

The French plug-in electric car market registered 4,667 units in June, up 13% year over year (YoY), with all-electric models growing slightly faster than plug-in hybrids (BEVs +14%, PHEVs +12%), something that hadn’t been happening lately.

The 2018 plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) share remained stable at 1.8%, with BEVs alone having 1.2% share.

Looking at June best sellers, the Zoe collected another win. (What a surprise!) Its registrations were up 5% compared to the same month last year. The runner-up Nissan Leaf  is doing even better in that regard, due to the new generation, with the Japanese hatchback sales up 140% year over year (YoY), scoring 469 deliveries.

But the real news happened in the following places: The Mini Countryman PHEV scored a record 186 registrations, earning its first podium position, and the #4 Volvo XC60 PHEV also had a record result, with 185 deliveries.

EV Model June YTD EV Market Share
1 Renault Zoe 1,928 8,007 37%
2 Nissan Leaf 469 2,248 10%
3 BMW i3 182 1,258 6%
4 Volvo XC60 T8 185 704 3%
5 Mercedes GLC350e 105 678 3%
6 Volvo XC90 T8 111 486 2%
7 Smart Fortwo ED 95 479 2%
8 Mini Countryman PHEV 186 447 2%
9 Peugeot iOn 91 408 2%
10 Kia Soul EV 18 407 2%
11 VW Passat GTE 43 406 2%
12 Porsche Panamera PHEV 71 403 2%
13 Tesla Model S 103 398 2%
14 BMW 225xe Active Tourer 113 367 2%
15 BMW X5 xDrive40e 53 331 2%
16 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV 46 317 1%
17 VW Golf GTE 101 315 1%
18 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 95 308 1%
19 Hyundai Ioniq Electric 21 285 1%
20 Citroen C-Zero 77 280 1%
Others 574 2,959 14%
TOTAL 4,667 21,491 100%

In a market known for its stability, this time there were a number of changes in the top 10, with the most relevant belonging to Volvo SUVs. The XC60 PHEV climbed to #4, thanks to the aforementioned record performance, while its XC90 PHEV larger sibling jumped two positions, to #6, thanks to 111 deliveries, the yacht’s best result in two years. We now have two Volvos in the top 6, a first for the Swedish carmaker.

But the Climber of the Month was the Mini Countryman PHEV, leaping 8 positions to … #8.

The Good Ol’ Peugeot iOn also rejoined the top 10, in #9, a notable performance for the veteran model, especially considering that it landed 600 8 years ago. Its Citroen geriatric twin, the C-Zero, rejoined the top 20, with a year-best performance of 77 deliveries, proving these small EVs still have a dedicated audience.

Finally, three PHEVs were on the up in June, with the BMW 225xe Active Tourer (113 units) rising three positions to #14, the VW Golf GTE (101 units) climbing to #17, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (95) reaching #18. Interestingly, all three models hit year-best performances. Are we witnessing the beginning of a new period of fast PHEV growth?

In the brand ranking, Renault (37%, up 1 percentage point) continues in the leading position (nobody saw this coming, right?), followed at a distance by BMW (12%) and Nissan (10%, down 1 percentage point).

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Always interested in the auto industry, particularly in electric cars, Jose has been overviewed the sales evolution of plug-ins on the EV Sales blog, 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 also market analyst on EV-Volumes and works with the European Alternative Fuels Observatory on EV sales matters.


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