All-Electric Car Sales In France Up 53% In March To 1,600

APR 17 2015 BY MARK KANE 15

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

The French BEV market grew in March by a healthy 53% year-over-year and stands at 1,593.

This is one of the best result ever, but there is more to come as new incentives enter into force in April.

1,174 registrations of new passenger BEVs translates to some 0.6% market share last month, while an additional 419 registrations are light commercial electric vehicles.

Without surprise, most registrations for passenger electric cars (almost half) are Renault ZOE – 570.

But the big splash was done by the Nissan LEAF, which had a record high 330 registrations!

For LCVs, Renault Kangoo Z.E. reached 215 registrations – also half of the segment.

Numbers for BMW i3 don’t include REx. No data for plug-in hybrids yet available.

BEV Registrations in France in March 2015 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

BEV Registrations in France in March 2015 (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

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15 Comments on "All-Electric Car Sales In France Up 53% In March To 1,600"

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slowly yet surely. the tipping point comes.

Perhaps word of mouth is getting around? France is a great place for EVs . . . gasoline is expensive, they have very little oil of their own, and they have massive amounts of electricity available at night from all those nuclear reactors.

Plus, so much of the population is concentrated in the Paris metropolitan area.

Why so low for e-Golf? Are golfs historically so weak in france?

West-European car markets have a definite nationalistic bias. The French buy relatively few German cars (I’m talking mid-market like VW, Opel & Ford, not luxury cars)… And conversely, Germans buy even fewer French cars.

En France la golf ce vend bien mais WW ne fait pas beaucoup d’effort pour vendre l’eGolf. La Golf GTE a plus de succès c’est une hybride rechargable comme l’A3 eTron.

Rv45’s right, according to EV sales blog the GTE is tops among PHEVs in France year-to-date. Not huge numbers, but much better than the eGolf.

Re the non-EV/PHEV models, not quite. The Golf is the #1 selling car in Germany by far (selling 3x of the next model)… And only the #14 model in France.

The top 9 selling cars in France are all French (and the 10th is a Dacia, Renault’s Romanian brand). 15 of the top 16 selling models in Germany are German (and the only non-German, in position #8, is the Škoda Octavia, which is a VW brand with VW drivetrain).

So yes, Germans drive primarily German cars and the French primarily French cars.


And no one except Italians buys the mass-market Italian cars…

…scratch that, also except for American fools who love having to get monthly recalls on their 500e 🙂

Renault, Citroen and Peugeot are very common on German streets, especially the smaller models.

Not really. These are the total sales #s for Germany in 2014. The 3 French brands make up 7% in total. The German low- and mid brands (VW, Opel and Ford, not counting BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Smart and Porsche) sell 5x of that.
and it was the same in 2013:

hello sorry but 7% is an error
the real number is 8%

Dacia isn’t French, although it is owned by Renault, and is an impressive company sales-wise; if you insist on including it as French, you’d have to consider all Škodas, Seats and the BMW Minis as German cars.

VW GTE is at number 5, view details at:

Well…0.6% is greater than 0%.