Renault Zoe - Coming Soon With Intentions To Destroy The 2013 EV Leaderboard

Renault Zoe - Coming Soon With Intentions To Destroy The 2013 EV Leaderboard

Every month we religiously report the plug-in electric car sales for the US, we even have a dedicated page for the year to date totals of the major nameplates. But up until we recently published a report on the UK electric sales for the first six months of the year, we had been pretty remiss about reflecting on the international EV sales scene.

Bolloré BlueCar Leafs Electric Vehicle Sales in France

Bolloré BlueCar Leafs Electric Vehicle Sales in France

So, today we bring you the the second installment of the InsideEVs 'focus on someone who isn't us', year to date sales figures: Focus On France!  (As with the UK, the list is complied by actual registrations rather than automaker reports) - 5,446 total vehicles sold

Unsurprisingly, French automaker (and partner of Nissan) Renault dominates the French landscape of pure electric vehicles.

  1. Bolloré BlueCar - 1,383
  2. Renault Twizy (80) - 1,212
  3. Renault Kangoo ZE - 1,058
  4. Renault Twizy (45) - 339
  5. Nissan LEAF - 239
  6. Mia - 237
  7. Goupil G3- 150
  8. Peugeot iOn - 144
  9. Renault Fluence -121
  10. Citroën C-Zero  - 115
  11. Volkswagen Golf  - 15
  12. Mitsubishi i-MiEV - 8
  13. Tesla Roadster -5
  14. Renault ZOE -4

Goupil G3, An Electric Utility Vehicle That Gets Up To 73 Miles Of Range

Goupil G3, An Electric Utility Vehicle That Gets Up To 73 Miles Of Range

Of interest, there are a few oddities on the list most are not familiar with outside of Europe.

The Bolloré BlueCar, which leads the way is a a small four-seat/three door EV that was deployed as part of the Autolib' carsharing program in Paris starting in December of last year...so its reign at the top has entered its last month.  The Goupil G3 is an electric utility vehicle that comes in about a zillion different configurations, and has a range of about 75 miles.

Also of note is the Renault Twizy, which would have taken over as the best seller in France this past month were it not for a breakdown of the model between its separate 'top speed' editions (80 km/hr and 45 km/hr).  The little 'EV that could' has been very well received throughout Europe, and we will likely see it rebadged as a Nissan sometime next year for us in major US cities.

The leader for 2011 was Citroën C-Zero with 645 cars sold, and total registrations were 2,630 electric vehicles, an improvement from 2010 when 184 cars were sold, with the MINI E leading the way with 50 cars sold.

Surprisingly absent from this list is the Chevrolet Volt and/or Opel Ampera, which as been brought to our attention is because plug-in hybrids are classed differently than pure EVs.  We made a second inquiry about General Motor's extended range offerings and came up with our own expanded list:

Opel Ampera - 109 Chevrolet Volt - 1

 

Updated with new info:  July 27th, 2012 (thx to reader Luarent J Mason for the heads up)