The French plug-in electric passenger car market registered 3,888 registrations in October, with all-electric models growing fast (+60%), while plug-in hybrids remained in a post-NEDC hangover (down 2%) — year to date (YTD), though, PHEVs are still jumping 35% year over year (YoY).
The 2018 plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) share climbed to 1.9% by the end of the month, with fully electric vehicles (BEVs) alone having 1.4% share (+0.1%). October results were above average, with BEVs (1.7% share) pulling the PEV market to 2.2%.
Looking at last month’s best sellers, we can see why all-electrics are riding a blue wave. The Zoe jumped to 1,745 registrations, up 125% compared to the same month last year, while its Alliance relative, the Nissan Leaf, scored 410 deliveries, up 75% YoY.
Ending a trifecta of good results for the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was #4, with 167 deliveries, the model’s best performance since 2015.
|Ranking||PEV Model||October Sales|
|4||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||167|
|5||Mini Countryman PHEV||145|
In a market known for its stability in the top spots, there are a number of interesting duels for the year through October, the most important being for the Best Selling PHEV trophy, with the #5 Mini Countryman PHEV and the #4 Volvo XC60 PHEV separated by just 5 units. With both plug-in hybrids selling in volume, a rarity in current times, it is hard to imagine who will win the race, but whoever wins, it will be a first, as none of the competitors had ever been among the trophy winners.
Both the #7 Smart Fortwo ED and #8 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are set to surpass the #6 Mercedes GLC350e soon. Below the top 10, we clearly see the BEVs having good moment, with 4 all-electric models climbing positions. The veteran Peugeot iOn jumped two positions, to #11, and its Citroen twin brother, the C-Zero, climbed to #19. The Korean BEVs also had reasons to smile, with the Kia Soul EV jumping two positions to #14 and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric climbing to #18.
Finally, the Jaguar I-PACE deliveries started in significant volumes, with 40 units being registered last month.
In the brands ranking, Renault (36%) continues in the leading position, followed at a large distance by #2 Nissan (11%) and #3 BMW (10%, down 1%).
|Ranking||PEV Model||October||YTD||YTD Market Share|
|4||Volvo XC60 PHEV||134||1,029||3%|
|5||Mini Countryman PHEV||145||1,024||3%|
|7||Smart Fortwo ED||108||806||2%|
|8||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||167||791||2%|
|9||BMW 225xe Active Tourer||111||735||2%|
|10||Volvo XC90 PHEV||73||705||2%|
|12||VW Golf GTE||23||641||2%|
|13||Porsche Panamera PHEV||15||632||2%|
|14||Kia Soul EV||47||592||2%|
|15||Tesla Model S||23||587||2%|
|16||VW Passat GTE||14||576||2%|
|17||Porsche Cayenne PHEV||13||524||1%|
|18||Hyundai Ioniq Electric||55||473||1%|
|20||Hyundai Ioniq PHEV||25||460||1%|