After 2018 showed a slight declined in plug-in sales in France compared to a record-setting 2017, the trend is pointing upwards again. All plug-in car segments increased, some by more than 40 percent in April with Avere having the exact data.
This April saw 1,990 electric cars being registered in France, 28.9 percent more than in the same month one year ago. Add to this another 404 light electric utility vehicles such as Renault’s Kangoo ZE, a growth by 9.19 percent.
The plug-in hybrid segment grew the most with 845 new PHEV registered in France translating to a plus of 43,95%.
The Renault Zoe remains the favourite among French buyers, again making a point for affordable electric cars. Still, 961 Zoe sold is only a slight increase of 2.34% and whilst the small Renault EV represented a market share of 64% in April 2017, it is “only” 48% in April this year.
It appears as if Nissan has managed to take a few pieces out of the Zoe cake as Renault’s alliance partner managed to sell 375 Leaf, a massive increase of 89.39% that is likely down to the arrival of the 2018 version of Nissan’s bestselling EV.
BMW then comes in third position with 200 i3 registered.
For utility vehicles, the Renault Kangoo ZE saw its registrations increase by +32.89% with 198 units sold – enough to remain on top of the list.
The PSA group follows suit with the Peugeot Partner coming second (57, +39.02%) followed by the Citroën Berlingo (40, +166.67%).
However, these increases were offset by the decline in registrations of several other models. The Renault ZOE in utility version took a drop of -7.50% (37 units), followed by the Goupil G4 which went from second to fifth place (35, -33.96%). The Nissan e-NV200 was registered only 4 times this month compared to 41 times last year.
And lastly there are the plug-in hybrids. The Mercedes GLC is once again at the top of sales (122 units, – 2.40%), followed by the Porsche Panamera (90) and the BMW X5 (69, + 60.47%). Next came the Hyundai Ioniq (66) and the Volvo XC60 (56).