France EV Market Up 12% In September Ahead Of New 41 kWh Renault ZOE Rush

OCT 17 2016 BY MARK KANE 14

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

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

There was 3,049 new registrations of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars in France this month, making September improved by 12% compared to a year ago.

Market share hit 1.05% for passenger BEVs and 1.5% overall when including PHEVs.

Registrations includes:

  • Passenger BEVs – 1,769 (up 2.2%)
  • Commercial BEVs – 501 (down 7%)
  • Passenger PHEVs – 779 (up 75.5%)

After three quarters France has reached a milestone of over 20,000 all-electrics sold (20,082 in total – 16,091 passenger and 3,991 commercial vehicles), as well as 4,858 plug-in hybrids.

The growth in September wasn’t huge, but we feel it’s just the calm before the storm, as the 2017 Renault ZOE 40 (with a 41 kWh battery on board and 400 km* of range – details) will arrive soon with volume deliveries, as the new offering went on sale in France on October 1st.

Because ZOE sales in France exceeded 8,000 of  total 16,000 passenger BEVs, any surge with this model (as we expect) raises the water-level for the whole EV market in the country.

In September, Renault ZOE registrations exceed 800 (867 including commercial registrations), which was 16% less than year ago.

Showing that bigger battery upgrades do indeed push sales in France, the Nissan LEAF had another much improved month (year-over-year) and logged 297 registrations, with the Tesla Model S placing third for passenger BEVs with 132 registrations!  (Of note:  Tesla Model X greeted France with 40 registrations in September)

Surprisingly, the new Kia Optima PHEV led plug-in hybrids with 152 registrations, followed by the Volkswagen Passat GTE and Golf GTE – with 128 and 97 respectively.

BEV Registrations in France – September 2016

BEV Registrations in France – September 2016

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14 Comments on "France EV Market Up 12% In September Ahead Of New 41 kWh Renault ZOE Rush"

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So… Congrats to Renault/Nissan for reaching the market with the first budget priced 200 plus mile car. Now they may ship more copies than the BOLT/Ampera… It will be interesting to see how this goes. Can’t wait to see the specs of the next EV to come from Renault?Nissan… updating the van? Kangoo, eNV200, upcoming Micra EV and Juke 2 ev… Gonna be interesting. Tesla Model 3 and their future variants… great stuff. My family and I are never going back to ICE!

I think we need a better way of differentiating different BEVs.

41 kWh usable storage won’t get you 200 miles but it clearly shouldn’t be classed in the same group as a 20 kWh usable Nissan Leaf (its my understanding Nissan quote pack size but Renault quote usable capacity).

I’m starting to wonder if range is a good way of separating EV’s anyway. It worked fine when Tesla was using an 85 kWh pack and Nissan was using a 24 kWh pack but now the market isn’t in 2 discrete segments with 16, 22, 28, 30, 33, 35 41, 60, 75, 100, kWh’s etc.. cars being available. The Zoe is a pretty compelling option at 41 kWh for most people even though it is not a 200 mile car.

I’ve had 120 on the motorway traveling at 60 mph out of my 23kWh Zoe. So I think driven correctly 200 miles should be easily achievable.

That would be 0.12 kWh/km, I find it hard to believe that it is possible to achieve that in normal conditions. I’m not saying that its untrue I just think on a good day 0.15-0.16 kWh/km is what I would expect. That would give you just under 100 miles of range in your 23 kWh Zoe and 170 miles in a 41 kWh Zoe.

I haven’t driven a Zoe so I really don’t know but 0.12 kWh/km sounds like a NEDC dream number.

Yes on average around 100 miles is correct, the 120 trip was a big PB. So I don’t see why 200 miles will not be achievable and average of 180/190.

Any news on when the Zoe will be on sale in the UK and at what price?

Zoe in Germany.
incl. 41kWh battery (was +2800€)

Renault ZOE Kompaktwagen – Life – mit Batterie
Renault ZOE Kompaktwagen
Beispielfahrzeug
Herstellerlistenpreis (UVP)
32.900,- €
Ihr garantierter Rabatt
5.356,- €
zzgl. Überführungskosten
808,- €
Ihr Barpreis
28.352,- €
Alle Angaben inkl. MwSt.

Congrats France for maintaining the 3,000 mark.

Worldwide sales of plugins in Sep-2016 has crossed 70,000 mark with 29,600 unit sales from China with Europe crossing 22,000 and North America crossing 18,000.

Very nice to see this much sales every month. Hope Dec-2016 will push it to 80,000.

I hope the Zoe reaches 20-30% of clio sales soon. But it might be still to expensive to reach that, although the trunk is way bigger…

Just to note how great new Zoe is.
Chevrolet Volt battery: 183kg – 53 miles range. 3,5kg/mile.
Renault Zoe battery: 305kg – ~180 miles of range. 1,7kg/mile.
That means Zoe is twice more efficient that 2015 “technological miracle” Chevrolet Volt.

impressive indeed.

However , I ‘m not sure if this an apples to apples comparison as I do not know if zoe has the same thermal management as the volt. Leaf’s battery may be lighter too but I’ve read that many people are complaining about drastic range degradation possibly because of inadequate thermal management.

Nissan saved weight and money by cutting the thermal management system. The battery in the Zoe will drop a lot of capacity long before the car has 50,000 miles on it and at 100,000 miles the battery will pretty much be dead weight. The Volt on the other hand has several copies at 100,000+ miles with NO capacity loss.

I really hope that the Zoé 40 will be deliver by december.
My hope of 23,000 BEV for 2016 in France seem to be unreachable now.