The Alliance Shines In France — #CleanTechnica Electric Car Sales Report

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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  
1 Renault Zoe 1,745
2 Nissan Leaf 410
3 BMW i3 173
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
1 Renault Zoe 1,745 12,585 36%
2 Nissan Leaf 410 3,801 11%
3 BMW i3 173 1,979 6%
4 Volvo XC60 PHEV 134 1,029 3%
5 Mini Countryman PHEV 145 1,024 3%
6 Mercedes GLC350e 22 875 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%
11 Peugeot iOn 68 673 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%
19 Citroen C-Zero 54 469 1%
20 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV 25 460 1%
21+ Others 463 5,017 14%
TOTAL 3,888 34,974 100%

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José Pontes

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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