Electric Car Sales In France Fall Nearly 11% in July

AUG 22 2016 BY MARK KANE 3

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

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

After a slow down in June, all-electric car sales in France decreased year-over-year in July. It’s the second hit to European BEV sales this month alongside Norway.

New BEV registrations amounted 1,488 (which was down 10.8%), which ends a period of 20 consecutive months of growth.

Splitting the demos a little further we find that passenger BEVs moved down 18% to 1,065, while light commercial vehicles went up 15% to 423.

The market share of all-electric cars also decreased to 0.92%, while passenger BEVs to 0.8%. The first time France has been below 1% in 11 months.

Electric LCVs held strong with a 1.5% market share.

In total, more than 16,500 all-electric vehicles have still been sold in France over the first seven months – which is 41.5% more than year ago.

As in most months, French electric car sales move up or down because of one model – the Renault ZOE.   For July, ZOE sales fell by 30% to 488.  While the second best seller, the Nissan LEAF fell 35% to 155 units registered.

In third place for sales in France we find a tie:  84 BMW i3 (including REx) sold, as well as 84 Citroën e-Meharis.  The best selling electric LCV (as always) was the Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 190 in July.

When it comes to Renault and its EVs, most eyes in France (and Europe) are now solidly fixed on the Paris Motor Show (or Mondial de l’Automobile if you will) which kicks off in early October, where Renault is expected to make a big splash with new EV products.

Editor’s Note:  Because we know of the intense interest in Tesla, we will also note sales of the Model S – at 41 units, the Model X just missed making its first delivery in July.

Passenger BEV Registrations in France – July 2016

Passenger BEV Registrations in France – July 2016

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

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

source: Avere-France / AAA data)

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3 Comments on "Electric Car Sales In France Fall Nearly 11% in July"

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Damn it France, I thought we’d put those sub 1% months behind us, of all the nations car sales I find France the most erratic – first we had the Twizy selling at astounding rates and then collapsing. Now we have Zoe all over the place. I love French EV’s but I am not sure if I can take this much more.

Still its better than Australia, then again they probably sell more EV’s in Rwanda than Australia – its embarrassing.

Last month I wrote here a comment that passengers BEV was very good, better than my expectation. I have to say that july is really under my expectation (~1250+).
I don’t have any information for the Zoé and the Leaf fall. 488 sells for the Zoé is ridiculous. And only 155 for the Leaf, I don’t really understand, because the Leaf 30kWh should improve the sells.
But I still hope a good year for 2016 at least 23000+. Now in many forum, everyone want to know the answers of carmakers for the Tesla Model 3 at the “Mondial de l’automobile”.

The price of the ZOE went up a lot on 1st July in the UK – I suspect it may have happened in France too.

Trevor
MyRenaultZOE.com