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Published on July 21st, 2018 | by Jose Pontes


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

July 21st, 2018 by  

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 ModelJuneYTDEV Market Share
1Renault Zoe1,9288,00737%
2Nissan Leaf4692,24810%
3BMW i31821,2586%
4Volvo XC60 T81857043%
5Mercedes GLC350e1056783%
6Volvo XC90 T81114862%
7Smart Fortwo ED954792%
8Mini Countryman PHEV1864472%
9Peugeot iOn914082%
10Kia Soul EV184072%
11VW Passat GTE434062%
12Porsche Panamera PHEV714032%
13Tesla Model S1033982%
14BMW 225xe Active Tourer1133672%
15BMW X5 xDrive40e533312%
16Hyundai Ioniq PHEV463171%
17VW Golf GTE1013151%
18Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV953081%
19Hyundai Ioniq Electric212851%
20Citroen C-Zero772801%

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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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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