France Sets New Plug-In Electric Car Sales Record In March

APR 11 2017 BY MARK KANE 9

France has set a new all-time record for electric car sales in March.

Renault ZOE & ZOE E-Sport

In total, some 4,336 new plug-in vehicles were registered, which is up 5.7% year-over-year.

As per the norm (thanks to the dominant influence of Renault), all-electric vehicles made up the bulk of the sales.

  • Passenger BEVs: 2,889 registrations (up 5% and new record) at 1.3% market share (PC)
  • Light commercial BEVs: 599 (up 16%) at 1.34% market share (LCV)
  • Passenger PHEVs: 848 (exactly the same as in 2016) and nearly 0.4% market share (PC)

Especially encouraging for France, is that BEVs are setting new records, mostly due to the longer-range Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 (with ~300 km/186 miles of real-world range), which now accounts for 69% of passenger BEV sales.

In March, Renault managed to deliver record 1,980 ZOEs (up 45%) plus another 44 registered as commercial vehicles, to push the EV past the 2,000 mark overall.

The ageless Nissan LEAF noted 311 to finish in a distant second, while the BMW i3 (with REx) at 159 sales, the Peugeot iOn with 143 sales, rounded out the top 4.

Tesla had its best month to date in France, as 106 Model S (5th best selling EV overall) and 60 Model X (7th best selling EV overall) were registered.

BEV Registrations in France – March 2017

Plug-In Car Registrations in France – March 2017 – passenger BEVs, commercial BEVs, passenger PHEVs (source: Avere-France / AAA data)

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9 Comments on "France Sets New Plug-In Electric Car Sales Record In March"

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The first half of 2016 was great for BEV in France. The first quarter of 2017 is great too, but only for Renault Zoé, because the range of the Zoé 40.
I think that the others carmakers sould give us more range than more “bla bla bla”.
Since January I’m a little bit disappointed by the only 25 Ioniq. It sould be more than that, it’s a good car.
And again 1 car for the e-Golf. I hope for them they will have a better plan for the 36kWh version of the e-Golf.

My hopping of more than 27,500 sales for 2017 is in a good way. The Renault Zoé have already reach ~45% of its 2016 tatal sales. And only in 3 months.
I expect a market growth with the arrival of the e-Golf 36kWh and the Ampera-E in the near futur.


If you add up the 3 badges of electric Pokemon (Ion, Czero, iMiev) – you get a total of 188 units across passenger and light-commercial.

Which means that in France last month, the 1-2-3 podium was taken by the 41-kWh Zoe, followed by two Geezer EVs. The iMiev is arguably even “geezer-er” than the Leaf, because it hasn’t undergone any range/battery upgrade since its 2009-2010 launch.

Then in #4 is the Kangoo ZE, which I believe is also rather old (but it did get a Leaf-like battery bump recently).

As my “2016 Top 10” post said, France is doubtlessly the EV world’s Oak Tree. Even its EV-consumer preferences show that.


ZOE’s lead is insane. They have done something right.


It’s all the luxury soft touch materials, self-driving, and DC fast charging…

Oh… 😉

Trevor Larkum

It’s all about the price – it’s ok to say it! And maybe range too.


One! E-Golf sold in the whole of France during the whole of March (and 28 e-Ups!). Yay for records!


In the Netherlands also a BEV record in March. Around 1.100 BEV’s (2,5%+) sold in March on a total of 14.000. Which comes down on a 8% increase of the total fleet in one month!


I’m glad to see that the year-on-year increase in January and February were better than the increase in March, because a mere 5.7% YOY increase isn’t exactly anything to brag about. Compared to the average YOY increase last year in Europe, it’s pathetic.


Last year March was high because Nissan could not sell the Leaf 30kWh in January and February. They fixed the issue and then delivered their clients in March. 173 in January, 286 in February and 717 in March.
Without the Leaf problem, the difference would be more than 5.7%.