In 2017, Well Over 40,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Were Sold in France

2 weeks ago by Mark Kane 15

Plug-in electric car registrations in France – December 2017

Plug-in electric car sales in France for the very first time exceeded 40,000 last year, though all-electric car sales grew slowly.

In total, nearly 43,000 plug-ins were registered, which is 23% more than one year ago.

  • Passenger BEVs: 24,910 registrations (up 15%)
  • Passenger PHEVs: 10,803 registrations (up 67%)
  • BMW i3 REx (counted separately to BEV/PHEV in France): 1,073 registrations (up 11%)
  • Light commercial BEVs: 6,011 registrations (up 8%)

While France remains one of the largest plug-in markets in Europe, growth is below expectations.

As always, the best selling models in France were:

  • Renault ZOE: 15,245 (up 34%) and 61% of all passenger BEVs + 675 ZOE registered as light commercial vehicles
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E.: 2,546
  • Nissan LEAF: 2,381 (down 38%)
  • Mercedes GLC350e: 2,112
  • BMW i3: 1,954 (including 1,073 REx)

No other model seemed to cross the level of 1,000 registrations for the year. Tesla delivered 850 Model S and 538 Model X.

Plug-in electric car registrations in France – December 2017


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15 responses to "In 2017, Well Over 40,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Were Sold in France"

  1. Henry says:

    It’s about time to have the new 208 electric. Hope it will be a great competitor to Zoe with its 50 kWh battery.
    a few more days to discover it at Geneva Car show.

    1. John says:

      208 EV will be awesome

        1. John says:

          Sooner than Model 3.

          1. Benz says:

            Not in 2018.

            In Geneva we might see just a concept.

        2. Didier says:

          …When it will be possible to put 50 kWh in a small car not designed for that.

          This 208 is supposed to be based on a new plateforme compatible with ICE and hybrid and hybrid plugin and full electric. So it cannot compare with a car designed to be only full electric. VW did the same mistake with the eGolf, and Hunday with the Ioniq, etc. So when the 208 will arrive with 50 kWh (or less), Zoé will be on the marked with 60 kWh (or more) and DC fast charging. Good luck for PSA…

          1. John says:

            As a _car_ ZOE is garbage compared to 208..

    2. Someone out there says:

      A 50 kWh Peugeout 208? That sounds interesting! 50 kWh in a small car like that should just about graze the 200 miles mark. If the price comes in under $30k it could be a big seller.

      1. John says:

        Yes, and the current 208 has awesome handling, styling, and interior for the price. I would buy 208 EV in a heartbeat if at least 50 kWh.

  2. WARREN says:

    No Volts/Ampera, or eGolf in France??

    1. Didier says:

      GM does not sell the Volt and Bolt in France, and Opel does not sell the Ampera and Ampera-e. It seems that EV were not part of the deal when GM sold Opel to PSA so no more Opel EV for a while… I think it is the same for most European countries.

      220 eGolf where sold in France 2017, so far less than Zoé (15 245 !). Zoé is cheaper and has quite more range with a bigger battery and a smaller weight and probably a better aerodynamic. Furthermore valuable equipments are included in Zoé while optional for the Golf as for example the heat pump. So of course the Golf is more luxurious but it is not what people ask for since you will almost never do a very long trip with either Zoé and eGolf. Zoé sells better than eGolf even in Germany…

  3. arne-nl says:

    For those interested: the market share is 1.7%.

    1. wavelet says:

      dank je!
      That’s actually not bad, even if not as good as one might hope given Renault’s prominent position.
      I don’t know when PSA’s EVs will start being actually sold, aside from the Citroën Méhari which is a niche car: Berlingo Electric, Peugeot 208 and C5 Aircross PHEV could be siginficant — I’m hoping for a PHEV/BEV version of some of the Citroën Picasso C3/C4 models not too far away.

  4. Pat Free says:

    I bought my Tesla Model X 100D in September in France … so I’m part of the numbers. Surprised that Tesla does not show up in the Top list here, as you can see more and more in Paris now. Just this am to get to work from Paris center near Montparnasse to la Defense I saw more than 5, mainly Model S, one one Model X plus mine… But growing very fastly for sure…

  5. Benz says:

    Will the Nissan Leaf sales numbers in France in 2018 be higher or lower than the sales numbers of the Renault Zoe in France in 2018?

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