After a slight decline in plug-in sales in previous months, France has fully recovered at the start of spring with sales across all segments on the up. To be precise, EV sales in particular have reached a high that was hitherto unseen.
A total of 4,214 electric cars were registered this March in France, more than in any other month and an increase of 41.6 percent compared to March 2017. But that is not all as French buyers also acquired 756 light utility vehicles such as all-electric vans, and 1,187 PHEVs (+40%).
As usually, France favours its own products, thus keeping the Renault Zoe in the lead with 2,245 Zoe registered in March, representing a market share of 53.27% of all EVs sold last month.
Renault partner Nissan continues to attract buyers as well so that 719 Leaf were sold, up 131.19% from last year.
On a solid third is BMW that managed to put 319 of its i3 on the road, this doubling sales (+ 100.63%). Then follows Tesla’s Model S (162 units, + 52.83%) and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (127 registrations).
National favouritism also applies in the commercial vehicle segment. The Renault Kangoo stays on top of the list with 369 registrations over the past month, which represents an increase of + 98.39% compared to 2017. There follows the Peugeot Partner (122 vehicles, – 4.69%), the Renault Zoe in the utility version (95 units, + 115.91%) and the Citroën Berlingo (69 registrations, + 64.29%).
Since the beginning of 2018, 7,660 electric passenger cars have been registered compared to 7,641 in the first half of 2017, according to Avere.