Electric car sales rising again in France


After sales were off to a slow start earlier this year, June has been a strong month for electric car sales in France. Particularly the commercial vehicle segment is growing and so is the number of sales of plug-in hybrid cars, according to Avere.

Overall, plug-in car sales have risen to now account for 18,000 models making it onto the roads of France throughout 2018. June in particular saw the registration of 3,240 private electric cars and 859 registered commercial EVs.

In addition, plug-in hybrid cars also took off with 1,427 vehicles put into circulation in June, + 17.45% compared to the same month in 2017.

The strongest month over month growth however was seen in the commercial vehicle segment as sales of electric vans increased by 61.16% compared to June 2017.

Of the total of 859 electric utility vehicles, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. leads the pack as it triples sales from 115 last year to 466, thanks to a new version featuring a 33 kWh battery. In this segment, Nissan comes in second with 101 e-NV200 on the road (+ 32.89%). Despite a drop of 27.75%, the Renault ZOE utility version comes in third (73 units), closely followed by the Goupil G4 (70, + 37.25%) and the Peugeot Partner Electric (55, -5.17%).

In total 3,679 electric vans were registered in the first half of 2018, compared to 2,606 for the same period in 2017, an increase of + 41.17%. The Renault Kangoo Z.E. (1,836), the Peugeot Partner Electric (431) and the Renault ZOE (363) form the top three for this year.

Electric passenger car sales did not grow as significantly but the trend points up. 3,240 electric vehicles sold in June compared to 2,895 in 2017 represent an increase of + 11.92%. The entire segment saw an increase of + 4.10% YOY so that 2018 counted 14,381 new electric cars.

Again it is Renault-Nissan leading the chase with the Renault ZOE continuing to carry the largest marketshare (60.90%), despite a less sustained increase: 1 928 models were put to the road (+ 2.44%) in June.

Sales of the Nissan Leaf surged by no less than + 143.01% for 469 vehicles. The BMW i3 retains third place with 182 new registrations, including 74 units equipped with a range extender.

The Tesla Model S leapt to fourth place as 103 models were registered in 2018 against 109 in June 2017 in France.


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