France is the first country in Europe Union to reach the milestone of 100,000 new all-electric cars registered since 2010...we will call that the Renault ZOE effect.

The milestone was hit on March 23, 2017.

BEV sales in 2016 exceeded 27,300, and is expected to grow well beyond the 30,000 this year with the addition of the 41 kWh/300km (186 mile) ZOE.

BEV Registrations in France – February 2017

BEV Registrations in France – February 2017

In total, France has more than 117,000 BEVs and PHEVs in circulation. The mark of 100,000 plug-ins sold was achieved in October of 2016.

As noted, the most popular all-electric model in France is the Renault ZOE, now with well over 37,000 registered (>37% share in BEVs) between January 2013 and the end of February 2017.

With that said, and keeping things in context, the entire BEV market in the country is still only a marginal part of the 38 million car fleet in France (about 0.25%) - so there is plenty of room to grow!