France Plug-In Electric Car Sales Hits New High In March

1 year ago by Mark Kane 7

BEV Registrations in France – March 2016

BEV Registrations in France – March 2016

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn with Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF For COP21 In December

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn with Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF For COP21 In December

Globally, March of 2016 was pretty kind to EV sales around the world…and France was no exception.

In total, the 3,255 new registrations of all-electric vehicles is new high –  up 104% up year-over-year.  In fact, BEVs made up 1.33% of the total market share!

Some 2,739 of those sales, were passenger BEVs (up 128%), while light commercial BEVs registrations stood at 516 (up 22%).

An additional .4% market share was added by plug-in hybrids, which notched 849 sales – a new record, up 194%

Additional 0.4% market share among passenger cars for total 1.7%, was added by plug-in hybrids – 849 (up 194%). New record!

Big props awarded to the Renault-Nissan Alliance, for the largest contribution to the new record with 1,370 Renault ZOE sold (up 140%) and an all-time record 739 Nissan LEAFs (up 124%) – again underlining the success of the new 30 kWh LEAF in all places NOT North America.  Combined the Alliance registered 2,109 BEVs between the pair, or 77% of the passenger BEV market.

Tesla also set a personal best with 143 Model S registrations, taking the third spot for besting selling BEVs in the country.

The top selling plug-in hybrid was the Volvo XC90 T8 at 142 registrations, just ahead of the 138 Volkswagen Golf GTEs tallied.

BEV Registrations in France – March 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

BEV Registrations in France – March 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

BEV Registrations in France – March 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

BEV Registrations in France – March 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

PHEV Registrations in France – March 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

PHEV Registrations in France – March 2016 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

Source: Avere-France / AAA data

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7 responses to "France Plug-In Electric Car Sales Hits New High In March"

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Intentional pun?

  1. enerc77 says:

    Something new is happening above incentives. It’s quite often people ask me questions about my Leaf when I charge in public places.
    Questions about range, price & charging, but most look interested to buy one. Looks diesel & gasoline cars are not fun anymore.

  2. Anon says:

    Go France!

  3. Get Real says:

    Vive La France!

  4. Speculawyer says:

    Go nuclear powered cars!

  5. Just_Chris says:

    The market share says it all, France has been sitting at the 1% ish mark for 2 years now. It is inching up but I would really like to see a jump sometime soon. 12 months ago France was way ahead of the UK but now they are about the same. Even Germany, the EU laggards, has started to move up and could potentially reach a stable 1%+ market share in the next 6 months.

    France aren’t doing badly, they are a bit like the Nissan leaf, some bright spots and some dim spots but overall ok. I just feel like both could have a step change.