All-Electric Passenger Car Registrations In France Grow By 51% In July

AUG 16 2014 BY MARK KANE 9

Passenger BEV registrations in France in July 2014 (credit to l’Avere-France)

Passenger BEV registrations in France in July 2014 (credit to l’Avere-France)

July and August are typically slow months in France in terms of car sales, so we shouldn’t expect any new records.

However, last month was much better than July of 2013, with all-electric passenger cars registrations increasing by 51% to 748.

Sadly, this is not the case for light commercial electric vans, which fell by 40% to 286. All in all, EVs exceeded 1,000 sales in France in July, which is a few percent above the sales level from July 2013.

After seven months, the total number of registrations (more than 7,300) is still slightly below 2013.

The best selling electric car in July in France is Renault ZOE with 296 registrations.  However, that’s down some 15% versus ZOE sales in July 2013..

Bollore Bluecars used in car sharing schemes in a few cities surprised with 171 registrations. The same we could say of the Nissan LEAF, which surprised with lowest result this year – 80 registrations.

Then we see Volkswagen e-up!, which set its new own record of 73 units, almost three times higher than the 27 BMW i3. YTD, VW already delivered 193 EVs, while BMW delivered only 112.

Tesla Model S with 20 new registrations has 184 YTD.

On the light commercial vans segment, Renault Kangoo Z.E. takes 115 (40%) of the registrations and Nissan e-NV200 another 68 (24%).


Renault ZOE registrations in France – July 2014 (Celadon ine is percent of ZOE Sales to Clio Sales. For Example, In June 2014, ZOE Sales Were Over 4.6% of Total Clio Sales)

Renault ZOE registrations in France – July 2014 (Celadon line is percent of ZOE Sales to Clio Sales. For Example, In June 2014, ZOE Sales Were Over 4.6% of Total Clio Sales)

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9 Comments on "All-Electric Passenger Car Registrations In France Grow By 51% In July"

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Wow… WHy so low all around? Petrol cost a lot over there !

Higher petrol cost but way more efficient cars and shorter average driving distance. Average of new cars in France is something like 47 mpg and it’s not hard to get a 60 mpg car for half the price of an EV.

EV’s are in no way close to being cost competetive in Europe yet, unless the incentives are very high and creating an artificial cost competetiveness.

I think a good part of the problem is ‘Les Grandes Vacances’

Even if they end up taking the train, the French like the possibility of loading everything into the car, and heading off for several weeks in the summer.

Shorter range electric cars make that more difficult, and second cars are less common than in the States, although of course plenty of families have them.

More people living in apartments and other locations where they don’t have garages doesn’t help either.

All of those makes some sense, thanks

Yes, why?
If they don’t buy EV’s then Exxon and Total are both going to import, crack, and pollute Europe with Tar Sands oil.

Doing Nothing is the Stupidest Thing to do.

A lack of places to charge, especially at home, is probably a factor.

Year to date sales of EVs in France in 2014 are actually down 12 percent from 2013.

There are two things to know about the French.

1. Never discount the French…

2. Never count on the French…

Electric car sales have fallen ?

French reaction ? “Let’s party”… “Laissez les bon temps roulez” Break out the wine and cheese and light up some Gauloise cigarettes.

After the party, you just go back to being French.

Excellent stereotyping.
Auditioning for dumb and dumber?

The French government and Renault have made statements to the effect that they planned to be the European/world leader in electric vehicles.

True enough, France is still the largest European EV market, but sales are actually down from 2013 and the Germans are closing fast.(6903 sold thru July of this year versus 7925 for France.)

Last year 14,905 EVs were sold in France, Through July of this year only 7,925 EVs have been shifted in France with 7 months of the year already gone.

What is happening to the grandiose schemes of French electric car dominance ?

I think that before long Germany will pass the French and will become the largest consumer market for EVs as well as the largest European manufacturer of EVs. All this, in spite of the fact that Germany has far fewer EV incentives than France.

Time to break out the wine and cheese….oops, I meant beer and pretzels.