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Published on February 12th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

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French Electric Car Market Grew 138% In January — CleanTechnica Report

February 12th, 2019 by  


The French plug-in car market took home 4,210 registrations in January — +78% year over year (YoY). Fully electric models jumped 138%, their highest growth rate in over 2 years, while plug-in hybrids remained in the positive as well — +14%.

This recent increase in sales pulled the 2019 plug-in vehicle (PEV) share to a record 2.7%, with fully electric vehicles (BEVs) alone having 2% share.

Looking at January best sellers, the Renault Zoe registration uptick continues (+136% YoY!). With 1,496 units, it landed #29 on the mainstream market. That model is the main reason BEVs were shining in January, but it wasn’t the only one. The #3 Smart Fortwo ED tripled sales to 306 deliveries, while the #2 Nissan LEAF maintained its sustained growth, thanks to 341 registrations.

But the real events were the Kia Niro EV (149 units) and the Hyundai Kona EV (147) performances, both winning top 10 spots, while the presence of both Hyundai Ioniq options (#15 & #17) and the Kia Niro PHEV (#18) underline the current delivery push that the Korean group is making in Europe.

In a market known for its stability, this time there were actually some interesting surprises. Besides the Korean rise, Jaguar Land Rover had a great month, placing all three plug-ins in the top 20. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV, along with winning the title of longest model name, earned the #11 spot, followed but its posher sibling, the Range Rover PHEV (#12). The fully electric Jaguar I-PACE joined the ranking as well, in #20.

Both Volvo SUVs scored record results, with the midsize XC60 PHEV registering 214 units while the full-size barge XC90 PHEV delivered 195 units. Both are running with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (214 units) for the Best Selling PHEV title.

In the brand ranking, Renault (36%) continued to lead the way, followed at a distance by the #2 Volvo (10%) and the #3 Nissan (9%). The #4 Smart (8%) is aiming for a podium position itself, though.

Rank France Jan. YTD %
1 Renault Zoe 1,496 1,496 36%
2 Nissan Leaf 341 341 8%
3 Smart Fortwo ED 306 306 7%
4 BMW i3 229 229 5%
5 Volvo XC60 PHEV 214 214 5%
5 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 214 214 5%
7 Volvo XC90 PHEV 195 195 5%
8 Kia Niro EV 149 149 4%
9 Hyundai Kona EV 147 147 3%
10 Mini Countryman PHEV 130 130 3%
11 LR Range Rover Sport PHEV 103 103 2%
12 LR Range Rover PHEV 60 60 1%
12 Citroen C-Zero 60 60 1%
14 Peugeot iOn 59 59 1%
15 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV 58 58 1%
16 VW e-Golf 50 50 1%
17 Hyundai Ioniq Electric 47 47 1%
18 Kia Niro PHEV 42 42 1%
19 BMW 225xe Active Tourer 36 36 1%
20 Jaguar i-Pace 31 31 1%
+ Others 243 243 6%
ALL TOTAL 4,210 4,210 100%

 
 





 

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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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