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Published on December 13th, 2018 | by Jose Pontes

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Renault Zoe Sales Up 144% In France In November

December 13th, 2018 by  



The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) passenger car market scored 4,988 registrations in November (+71% year over year, or YoY). All-electric models jumped 119%, their highest growth rate in over 2 years, while plug-in hybrids recovered from the post-NEDC hangover (+11%).

This recent uptick pulled the 2018 PEV market share across the auto market to a record 2%, with BEVs alone having 1.4% share (+0.1%). That means PHEVs remained stable at 0.6%.

Looking at November best sellers, the Renault Zoe had a strong surge with 1,895 units in November (+144%, and #20 in the mainstream market). It was the main reason BEVs shined so brightly. But it wasn’t the only one, as the #2 Nissan Leaf tripled sales to 420 deliveries and the BMW i3 had its best performance in 8 months, thanks to 229 registrations.

But the real events were the #4 Peugeot iOn (258 units) and the #6 Citroen C-Zero (224 units). Free2Move carsharing deliveries allowed both nameplates to break their personal records, an impressive feat considering both models landed 608 8 years ago.

Interestingly, after Madrid and Lisbon, Paris is the third city to use large numbers of the tiny EVs in carsharing fleets, which highlights the future importance of small, cheap EVs in carsharing fleets — once these kinds of companies become commonplace.

Rank Model November Sales  
1 Renault Zoe 1,895
2 Nissan Leaf 420
3 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 320
4 Peugeot iOn 258
5 BMW i3 229

In a market known for its stability, this time there were actually a number of changes. With BEVs on the rise, not only did the #8 Peugeot iOn and #12 Citroen C-Zero jump positions, but the Tesla Model S also climbed two positions to #13, surpassing the Porsche Panamera PHEV and becoming the best selling luxury car.

Another model that shined was the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, climbing one position to #17 thanks to 112 units, its best result since March.

On the PHEV side, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV took full profit from the restyling, climbing to #6 thanks to 320 sales, the model’s best result since 2014.

Outside the top 20, the Land Rover Range Rover PHEV had 210 registrations, a surprisingly high number for the British Land Yacht, allowing it to reach #7 in November and opening up the possibility of joining the 2018 top 20 in the last month of the year.

In the brand ranking, Renault (36%) continues in the leading position, followed at a distance by the #2 Nissan and the #3 BMW, both with 11% share.

Rank France November YTD November PEV Share YTD PEV Share
1 Renault Zoe 1,895 14,480 38% 36%
2 Nissan Leaf 420 4,221 8% 11%
3 BMW i3 229 2,208 5% 6%
4 Volvo XC60 PHEV 198 1,227 4% 3%
5 Mini Countryman PHEV 152 1,176 3% 3%
6 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 320 1,111 6% 3%
7 Smart Fortwo ED 133 939 3% 2%
8 Peugeot iOn 258 931 5% 2%
9 Mercedes GLC350e 10 885 0% 2%
10 BMW 225xe Active Tourer 98 833 2% 2%
11 Volvo XC90 PHEV 82 787 2% 2%
12 Citroen C-Zero 224 693 4% 2%
13 VW Golf GTE 9 650 0% 2%
13 Tesla Model S 63 650 1% 2%
15 Porsche Panamera PHEV 13 645 0% 2%
16 Kia Soul EV 42 634 1% 2%
17 VW Passat GTE 9 585 0% 1%
17 Hyundai Ioniq Electric 112 585 2% 1%
19 Porsche Cayenne PHEV 5 529 0% 1%
20 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV 35 495 1% 1%
+ Others 681 5,698 14% 14%
ALL TOTAL 4,988 39,962 100% 100%

 
 





 

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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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