In France, EV Sales Rise Above 1,100 in November, But Renault ZOE Loses Ground


Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

We now know the latest sales numbers for France and we see that 694 passenger battery electric cars and 451 electric delivery vehicles (total of 1,145) were sold in November.

Not bad, but nothing spectacular considering the previous month’s figure or some of the record ones from the past.

Anyways, the EV segment in France is growing at 8,070 passenger EVs after 11-months of 2013 and 4,797 electric LCVs.

This, combined, is 45.5% more than in 2012, but this is still not enough for France to be number one in Europe these days. Norway had in November over 1,400 registrations. 4,500 PHEVs and EVs were registered in the Netherlands last month and we’re still waiting for Germany.

smart fortwo BRABUS electric drive

smart fortwo electric drive – the dark horse

Okay, let’s go back to France and its electric models. Renault ZOE stays in pole position, but market share fell from as much as 80-85% in record months to just over 40% and it could go down even further in the near future. In November just 288 units were sold.

No Tesla Model S sales were record in France in November. Weaker Nissan LEAF sales we reported last month, but a record was scored by the electric smart (100 units).  Sales are growing too for the BMW i3 and VW e-up!

Renault ZOE 288
Nissan LEAF 116
smart ed 100
Bluecar 50
BMW i3 49
Peugeot iOn 32
VW e-up! 24
Mia 23
Citroen C-Zero 10
Others 2


On the LCV side, we know just that Renault Kangoo Z.E. had 336 sales and 75% market share in November, which probably as always comes mainly from public authority sales (who still remembers the long-term order for  over 15,600-Kangoo Z.E. via UGAP tender in 2011?).

Via Barome`tre Avere-France décembre 2013

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4 Comments on "In France, EV Sales Rise Above 1,100 in November, But Renault ZOE Loses Ground"

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So, Mark, it seems we’re in for a good post (title) opportunity? What about: “Europe overtakes US in EV market shares in November”? Or even “Europe overtakes US in EV sales in November”? (Than, in the post, one would specify it’s in terms of market share). Don’t mind, guys (dear Americans): we have to make hay while the sun shines, here in Europe! And more EV sales anywhere support more EV sales anywhere else! In absolute terms (n. of units sold), US will probably be a bit higher still (we have to see German sales, and the “pennies” from other countries, for that). EV market share in November: US: 0.7% (8,698 on 1.24 million) Europe: more than 0.7%. In fact, just in Holland, Norway and France, EV sales are about 7,000, and EU sales of cars around 1 million (probably less, looking at some of the main markets’ (Germany, France, Italy) poor performance year-on-year, and Nov 2012 sales having been below 1 million) (could not find total EU November sales yet). Car sales from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and other non-EU countries should also be added. Adding Germany and the rest could lead to around 0.8% EV market share. Note: here… Read more »

hello 757 electric cars were sold in germany in november 2013.
and 61 tesla S in november 2013.

where is the rush ?

tesla s , vw up and bmw i3 are now on the market…..but germans definitely dont like electric cars….
and 757 sales for 80 millions inhabitants……and 0,29% of the total car market ?

no germany is an insignificant ev market.


That led me to check the original source, the Federal Government Motor Office:

It seems that 757 are BEVs. Plug-in hybrids should be another 152.
If that is correct, total is 909. Good for another 0.09% (almost 0.1%) of Western Europe sales.

Of course, we cannot forget Germany still doesn’t offer any EV subsidies. I really hope that, with a few German EVs now available, and many more to come, that will change.
Than, for sure, things will change a lot.
All the 6 top EV markets offer substantial support to EVs.


with 13000 ev sold in france during beginning of 2013 france stays the third
ev world market just behind usa and japan and before china netherlands norway and germany on place 7.